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Children & Youth Ministry Option
Since young people today face unparalleled personal and societal pressures and needs, this program is designed to help you implement the scientific findings of several areas of social studies: child and adolescent development, the psychology of personality, exceptional individuals, adjustment, the psychology of religion, counseling theory, and the sociology of cultures and the family. In the departmental practicum and internship, you will learn to practice ministry to children, teens and their families in a variety of cultural settings through teaching, caring and serving in Jesus’ name. For the Children and Youth Ministry Option, you will need 24 hours in psychology and sociology (child, adolescent, and family studies).
Drama Ministry Option
Enter into one of the cutting-edge ministries that recovers the early Church’s ancient and powerful means for communicating the Gospel! Through courses in acting, directing, set design and theater history, this academic program will train you for the proclamation of the Word of the Lord in the dynamic ministry of drama. You will also participate in the University’s drama troupe, The King’s Court, gaining practical experience in liturgical drama in the University Chapel and in area churches. For the Drama Ministry Option, you will need 24 hours in acting, directing and set design, plus participation in The King’s Court.
Media Ministry Option
According to a recent study of college programs, we are one of the very first universities in the country to offer preparation for ministry specifically designed for worship that is wired for the 21st century. Courses in digital, video, audio, and written media are designed to equip you with the technical skills necessary to serve on a ministry team in many congregations that utilize electronic media in worship. Staff from mega-churches in our region helped to design this program. In this option, you will serve such a congregation during an internship and emerge well-equipped to contribute to the glory and praise of God in contemporary worship. For the Media Ministry Option, you will need 39 hours in digital, video, audio, and written communication.
Music Ministry Option
Since the time of Jesus, God’s people have used music to proclaim the Gospel and to nurture the discipleship of Christ’s followers. In this enduring tradition, you will be prepared to provide music leadership. To be adequately prepared for that, this option will demand your proficiencies in keyboard, conducting, music history, and theory. Coursework will also include group and individual music instruction. For the Music Ministry Option, you will need 22 hours in keyboard proficiency, music history, theory, conducting, individual instruction and performance, and group instruction and performance.
Religion and Philosophy Option
Our graduates say that if you intend to prepare for ordained ministry in denominations that require seminary training, you will receive superior preparation when you complete this academic program. Recent Waynesburg grads have attended Ashland Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Methodist School of Theology in Ohio, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and United Theological Seminary, (Dayton, OH). They now serve Christ in a variety of denominational settings. For the Religion and Philosophy Option, you will need 24 hours in philosophy, history, and social sciences.