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Youth Ministries

Prepare to faithfully and effectively work with young people in churches, Christian schools, para-church organizations and other youth agencies. The youth ministries track at Gordon will challenge you to think critically, creatively and strategically. As you prepare for a life of service in God’s kingdom, you will be equipped with relevant theory and expertise in ministering to adolescents throughout their second decade of life and faith formation.

Pursue the youth ministries track as a part of your Christian ministries major, or as a minor alongside a different major. 

Why study Christian ministries at Gordon?

Gordon’s Christian ministries faculty are committed to ensuring that you not only study about ministry during your time at Gordon, but that you engage in ministry throughout your college career in preparation for lifelong Christian service. For that reason, all Christian ministries majors complete a 400-hour practicum. And our location in historic Greater Boston opens doors for hands-on experience in unique church and para-church contexts. 

What careers can I pursue in youth ministries?

The youth ministries program will prepare you for a wide range of vocations, including:

  • Youth minister
  • Christian camp director
  • Young Life, Youth for Christ, FCA staff
  • Entrepreneurial youth work

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Jean Lapitan

Jean Lapitan ’16

Youth Minister, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

"My time at Gordon prepared me well. Thanks to the many books I read, papers I wrote, and discussions I had with others from different backgrounds, I found myself with a stronger faith than ever before and an ability to clearly articulate informed, thoughtful opinions. I left Gordon full of ideas and excited to serve. Better still are the connections I made while at Gordon. Even after graduating, I have continuous, loving support from friends and professors to keep me grounded." 
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Don’t wait until your practicum to begin serving in a local ministry—your classes and assignments will become more relevant and meaningful if you are involved in ministry while learning about its theoretical, philosophical, biblical and theological foundations. Nearly every Christian ministries student is involved in ministry from the time they arrive at Gordon. Join one of Gordon’s many community outreach teams, which include the Kids Club (an after-school tutoring program in downtown Lynn) and the Homeless Ministry (a group that serves the homeless community in nearby Revere every Saturday).

Global Opportunities

Enlarge your vision of the world that you are preparing to serve, and deepen your understanding of the global church, by studying abroad or participating in a mission trip or international internship:


For more information, contact:

Dr. Sharon Ketcham
Department Chair
E [email protected] 

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