It could be argued that the Christian family is God’s greatest lighthouse for a world adrift.

The Youth & Family concentration in the accredited Pastoral ministry major at Appalachian Bible College focuses on the varied needs of different age groups in the church. The training provides a clear model of God’s pattern for the family and personhood to counter the destructive influences of the current culture.

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Our Program

Who will serve the desperate people ravaged by sexual and gender confusion and non-traditional family structures? The Gospel can transform lives — and you can be the messenger. Studying Pastoral - Youth & Family will equip you to minister in a culture where Biblical principles are increasingly controversial.

ABC believes Pastoral graduates must be grounded in Biblical truth, not current philosophy or the latest trendy method. The double major in Bible / Theology and Pastoral ministry with a Youth & Family concentration provides a solid foundation for ministry that lasts.

You will also take specialized courses that go beyond the core pastoral training to deal with

  • children’s ministry
  • contemporary issues
  • parenting
  • Biblical manhood and womanhood

Pastoral students are required to do an internship with an experienced local church pastor. This internship may be during a summer or over two semesters during school.

Our Faculty

Rev. David Childs

Rev. David Childs - Pastoral Major Chair

Since I was raised by a single mother most of my youth I learned early that many families face serious challenges. But I also saw how the ministry of the local church rescued my mother and helped her as she raised her three sons.

Seeing our own four adult children enjoy the blessing of the Lord on their families reminds us that God’s principles work in any setting, any culture, for any person willing to trust God.

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Why Pastoral - Youth & Family?


The Youth & Family concentration provides the most comprehensive curriculum for the pastoral student who wants to be well rounded in family ministry. Classes are selected from the former Youth & Family ministry major which was one of the most popular programs in the college. These courses provide the student with both general pastoral training and specialized training in issues related to the various age groups in the church.

Upon graduation, you will be suited to help guide the church in ministry to families and youth through discipleship, care, and the implementation of a Biblical philosophy of ministry.

Career Ministry Opportunities

  • Youth Pastor
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Pastor of Family Ministry
  • College & Career Ministry
  • Pastoral Care & Discipleship

Objectives & Outcomes

You will be trained in… Leading to…
Sermon development based upon an accurate exposition of the Scriptures challenging hearers to align themselves with God's truth.
Doctrinal and practical issues a pastor will face in ministry resolving individual and church issues in a manner that pleases the Lord.
Helping the congregation to see the need for both evangelism and discipleship implementing them in ways that are both Scripturally sound and God-honoring.

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