Equipping Youth Leaders

Degree Type



Youth Ministry

The youth ministry minor prepares you to engage young people in a relational, real, and relevant way. You will enter today’s youth culture to show love with a desire to know youth in their environments. You will train and equip youth ministry volunteers, staff, and families, modeling and encouraging discipleship through serving others.


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Career Opportunities

Kuyper’s minor in youth ministry equips and empowers you to make a difference in the lives of today’s youth. Our comprehensive youth ministry curriculum offers a holistic approach to youth ministry.

Youth ministry program graduates will be able to work as:

Youth Pastor

Youth Program Coordinator

College Ministry Coordinator

Student Discipleship Coach

Director of Youth and Outreach

Director of Youth Spiritual Formation

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Camp Coordinator/Director

Internship Opportunities

The goal of the youth ministry internship is to provide opportunities for professional development. In selecting internships, emphasis is placed on individualizing the needs of students and matching them with ministerial training resources.

Cornerstone Church

The Navigators

The Other Way Ministries

Thornapple Community Church

Peace Church

West Michigan Youth for Christ

River Rock Church

Calvary Church

Bethany Christian Services

Grand Rapids Young Life

City Chapel

Youth Unlimited

Tall Turf Ministries

Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders

Kentwood Community Church

New City Neighbors

Corinth Reformed Church

Madison Square Church

Rockford Reformed Church

Spring Valley Community Church

Begin your Journey

Program Outcomes

The youth ministry minor coupled with a major in ministry leadership, business leadership, social work or interdisciplinary studies equips you for a career in which you can make a difference by:

  • Teaching, preaching, and communicating the Word of God effectively.
  • Applying knowledge, skills, and training from the classroom into the field of youth ministry.
  • Demonstrating knowledge, skills, and empathy in ministering to the youth of various cultures and subcultures through the art of contextualization.
  • Demonstrating servant leadership by sharing responsibility with others to help them realize God’s gifting and equipping in their lives for ministry.
  • Being a living example of the Gospel in word and deed, demonstrating Christ’s presence in life.

“Kuyper gave life to my love for Scripture and youth ministry. I often draw from my formation at Kuyper to bring God’s grace into my own ministry context.”

Jesse Zandee Youth Ministry Director, Thornapple Community Church

Meet the Faculty

The youth ministry program faculty do not just teach, but they also do, as they have many years of experience as youth ministry practitioners. As such you will benefit from their academic knowledge, but always within the context of ministering to youth.

Dr. Richelle B. White

Professor of Youth Ministry and Director of Practicum and Internships

Program Curriculum

Kuyper’s youth ministry curriculum offers a holistic approach to youth ministry that promotes building intentional relationships with students and engages real issues in youth culture that are relevant to the contexts of today’s youth.

While there is a set curriculum for the youth ministry program, you will receive individualized academic advising to personalize this program to your specific areas of interest.

Contemporary Youth Culture

This course will explore the complex dynamics of contemporary youth culture. It will help students to develop practical skills for the thoughtful understanding of culture with a special emphasis on the worlds of music and media.

Pastoral Care with Adolescents

This course explores the personal qualities and interpersonal skills which help create a welcoming and compassionate presence for youth.

Youth Ministry in an Urban Setting

The objective of this course is to give students a vision for youth ministry in an urban environment. It will focus on the city, its youth who live with its challenges, and the opportunities that are available to the church for youth ministry.

Ministry Leadership Internship and Seminar

This senior-level internship and seminar involves a two-semester placement in a church, parachurch, or community ministry. This experience allows for integration into the ministry setting through building relationships, working with a team, and completing administrative tasks.

Christian Camping, Conference, and Retreat Ministry

A study of the philosophy, principles, and administration of programs of various types of ministries. It includes exposure to adventure camping in an experiential learning environment. Consideration is given to the needs of children, youth, and adults.

Relational Ministry

This course explores the intricacies of a bedrock approach to relational ministry in youth ministry. Topics include initiating relationships, developing mentors, guiding discipleship, facilitating small groups, and practicing pastoral care skills.

Majors & Programs

You will graduate with professional and biblical skills to think critically, communicate effectively as a Christ-centered leader.


You will graduate with both an academic and a work transcript detailing your work experience for future employers.


We invite you to explore Kuyper College to see if it could be where God wants to mold and shape you.

Plan A Visit

Our students, faculty, and staff are eager to meet you and help you discover how our community might also become yours.

Financial Aid

Tuition for first-year students will remain the same for four years and transfer students up to four years.


Kuyper College, community foundations, Federal and State Programs award thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants.

Residence Life

You will find comfortable and spacious suites at Schaal and Timmer Halls and Holts Apartments.

Spiritual Development

The Kuyper community will help you grow spiritually as you seek God’s direction for your life.