MA in Youth and Family Ministries with a Concentration in Outdoor Leadership

Reaching today’s adolescents for Christ and nurturing their spiritual development involves both invigorating and overwhelming challenges. The master of arts in youth and family ministries with an outdoor leadership concentration is a unique combination of our biblical and theological courses with wilderness and adventure experiences, led by experts in outdoor ministry.

This concentration helps you reach youth through personal and physical challenges while finding the best possible resources and skills that are biblically faithful, spiritually rich, and personally engaging. And, there is no better place to learn all this than in the Rocky Mountains.

Faculty Highlight

Dr. Ashley Denton is an instructor in outdoor leadership who has over 15 years of ministry experience with Young Life and in outdoor ministry. Dr. Denton is director of both the Wilderness Ministry Institute and Outdoor Leadership International, and is the author of Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory and Practice.


The Degree Worksheet

How can I use this degree?

  • Minister at a camp or outdoor-oriented organization
  • Leadership in church-based youth ministries and programs
  • Leadership in parachurch youth programs
  • Ministry with at-risk youth
  • Launching a new ministry focused on wilderness, adventure, and challenge course programming

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