Eastern University to Launch Online Program in Youth Ministry

St. Davids, PA, June 7, 2012: What’s new about Eastern University’s new degree program in Youth Ministry Leadership? Primarily, it’s not the course content but the blended online delivery format. Eastern will launch the Online Youth Ministry Leadership Program, which leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree, in the Fall of 2012.

According to Duffy Robbins, popular speaker, author, and Eastern University Professor of Youth Ministry, "I love the fact that we're making good, solid youth ministry training even more accessible through this online portal. Hopefully, it will mean more well-equipped, theologically thoughtful, practically capable youth workers to impact teenagers for Jesus."

Students in the Online Youth Ministry Leadership Program will be able to complete most courses 100% online, though four of the program’s 21 courses require two residencies in Philadelphia. Each residency lasts two weeks. Students who have already earned at least 60 college credits will typically be able to complete the program in two and one-half years.

Ministry among youth is widely regarded as being among the most important ministries of the church. Yet many youth ministry leaders lack the opportunity to get the training they need. The format of this Online Youth Ministry Leadership Program, which is tailored for working professionals, is designed to address this challenge.The program features courses such as Youth Ministry Administration, Adolescent Psychology, and Youth Ministry and the Small Group Process.

“This program is another example of Eastern University's long-standing commitment to quality education for adult students,” says Peter McLallen, Assistant to the Provost for Online Initiatives. He adds, “We recognize the challenges that adult students have in balancing family, work, and school.”

For information about the Online Youth Ministry Leadership Program contact Laura Diefenderfer at 610.341.1566 or ldiefend@eastern.edu

Eastern University is a Christian university that enrolls about 4,400 students in its undergraduate, graduate, Seminary, international, urban and professional degree programs, urban and professional degree programs. All education at Eastern University is rooted in its core values of faith, reason and justice. For more information, visit www.eastern.edu.

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