Ministry Tracks

Just as not all parts of the body are the same, not all ministries are the same (I Corinthians 12). OC Graduate School of Theology students select a ministry focus that best suits their current or future ministry goals. Three "tracks" of ministry study are available in the M.A. and M.Div. degree programs: general ministry, family life ministry, and youth ministry. 


General Ministry

The general ministry track is broad in scope. It is often selected by preachers, religious educators, and others with a diverse range of ministry needs or interests. Courses in this track address issues such as culturally sensitive ministry, Christian spiritual formation, leadership, small groups, church growth and health, counseling, and evangelism.

Family Life Ministry

Students in this track, now called Family Ministry, take the same core of classes as students in other tracks with ministry courses designed to inform and enhance ministry to families. The goal of the program is to assist in the design, development, and delivery of a comprehensive ministry to families in the local congregation. Courses emphasize both the theology of family and preventative and therapeutic applications.

Core classes in the track include:

  • Family Ministry
  • Applications of Family Ministry
  • Marriage and Family Dynamics
  • Marriage and Family Therapy

Elective courses include:

  • Counseling for Ministry
  • Managing Conflict, Transition, and Change.

For more information, contact Dr. Alan Martin, Dean of the College of Biblical Studies, or Dr. Richard Wright, Chair of the Graduate School of Theology.

Youth Ministry

Students in the Youth Ministry track take the same core of classes as students in other tracks, but their ministry courses focus specifically on ministry to adolescents and their families.

Core courses in this track include:

  • Adolescent Culture
  • Adolescent Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Development
  • Teaching Adolescents

Elective courses include:

  • Counseling for Ministry
  • Managing Conflict, Transition, and Change
  • Family Life Ministry.

The Youth Ministry track is led by Dr. Dudley Chancey. Chancey brings over 25 years of experience in Youth Ministry and extensive education in the field to this program. He has worked in youth ministry in local congregations and developed the highly successful Winterfest youth program. Chancey is a member of the National Council on Family Relations and a task force member for future planning. He is also a board member for the National Conference on Youth Ministries.

For more information, contact Dr. Dudley Chancey, Youth Ministry professor, or Dr. Richard Wright, Chair of the Graduate School of Theology.

Specialized Track

M.Div. students may personalize their ministry studies by selecting any four ministry electives to construct their track. Students that choose this track can develop a curriculum that will best meet the unique needs of the ministry to which God has called them, such as Chaplaincy, Campus Ministry, and Missions.

Any questions about the Graduate School of Theology? Contact Josh Bailey.