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Rocky Mountain College, through its Pathways division, is partnering with the Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence. The Coalition’s courses and practicums are approved as RMC courses that will count for half of the requirements for RMC’s BA in Leadership Development – Youth Leadership degree. This means you will be able to earn 60 of the 120 credits required for this RMC degree by successfully completing the Coalition's program. Pathways courses are offered online when you want them (you set the dates and they are available 24/7/365) so you can access them without having to travel or wait for “the next start date”. RMC also offers live courses, through partnerships like this one with the Coalition, when there are enough people wanting the same course, at the same time, in the same place. You can start with the Coalition program or with Rocky courses. You can also take Rocky courses between Coalition modular courses, if you want.

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Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Development - Youth Leadership Major - CYME

Four Year Degree Program - 120 credit hours

This major is designed to prepare the student to disciple and nurture young people in the 21st century. This newly revised program equips students to provide leadership in youth ministry initially, but also to be able to grow into other leadership roles over time. There is much more to leading youth ministry than just knowing your Bible and being able to preach/teach young people – although those are important aspects.

Effective youth ministry involves leading a team of people to impact young people in a variety of different ways and events. This program equips students with a solid knowledge of the Bible and how to properly understand it as well as develop their understanding and skills in leadership and their spiritual character. In addition, students have the opportunity to gain experience through a one-year practicum and to be mentored by current youth leaders who understand how to develop other leaders and teach them how to live life as a youth pastor.

Field Education units are an integral part of this program. The student observes and experiences various ministries in the first year and then gets involved in increasing levels of leadership during their second and third years all while being mentored. This real-world experience prepares them for the final year where they serve in ministry at least half-time for the full year and get a complete experience in pastoral leadership – again with a mentor to guide them through the journey.

Course Requirements:

Bible/Theology (36 credits)

Biblical Studies (18 credits)

·          BBL100 Introduction to the Bible (3)

·          BBL211 Synoptic Gospels (3)

·          BBL220 Pentateuch (3)

·          BBL310 Biblical Hermeneutics (3)

·          BBL311 Acts (3)

·          BBL314 Pauline Epistles (3)

Theological Studies (6 credits)

·          IDS100 Christian Faith & Practice I (3)

·          THO300 Salvation & Sanctification (3)

Christian Spirituality and Formation (12 credits)

·          CSP151 Soul-Shaping I (3)

·          CSP251 Soul-Shaping II (3)

·          CSP351 Soul-Shaping III (3)

·          CSP451 Soul-Shaping IV (3)

General Arts (30 credits)


·          COM150 Communication Skills for Effective Ministry (3)

·          HTH274 Leadership Principles (3)

·          HTH283 Principles of Philosophy (3)

·          HTH287 History of Christianity I (3)

·          HTH288 History of Christianity II (3)

·          ICS150 Global Christian Citizenship (3)

·          IDS101 Christian Faith & Practice II (3)

·          SSC193 Principles of Psychology (3)

·          SSC285 Statistics or Science/Math course (3)

·          SSC298 Adolescent Psychology (3)

Professional Studies (51 credits)

Core Leadership Courses

·          LDR151 Discipleship I (3)

·          LDR251 Discipleship II (3)

·          LDR131 Spiritual Formation in Ministry (3)

·          LDR201 Issues for Leadership Effectiveness (3)

·          LDR301 Leadership Strategies (3)

·          LDR311 Team Leadership Theories and Practices (3)

·          LDR491 Leadership Capstone Course (3)

·          FE151 Field Education I (1)

·          FE251 Field Education II (1)

·          FE351 Field Education III (1)

Youth Leadership Specialization

·          LDR351 Understanding Today’s Youth Culture (3)

·          LDR361 Worldview and Conversational Apologetics (3)

·          LDR414 Counselling Adolescents and Their Families (3)

·          LDR416 Thinking Theologically about Youth Ministry (3)

·          LDR417 Youth Ministry Management - Principles and Practices (3)

·          LDR421 Youth Leadership Practicum I (3)

·          LDR422 Youth Leadership Practicum II (3)

·          LDR423 Youth Leadership Practicum III (3)

·          LDR424 Youth Leadership Practicum IV (3)

Electives (3 credits)

·          LDR418 Adolescent Faith Formation (3)

Profile of a Graduating Student

A graduating student will:


  • understand and have an appreciation for the central doctrines of the Christian faith and an ability to articulate them clearly;
  • sense the urgency of the biblical imperative to disciple youth leaders, parents and teenagers in their relationship with Jesus;
  • formulate a biblical philosophy of youth ministry enabling the student to critically evaluate and apply various models of youth ministry as required;
  • give evidence of suitable character with respect to ministry;
  • give evidence of ministry passion, gifting, calling and relational skills;
  • demonstrate realistic understanding of the personal and professional life of a pastor;
  • acquire evident personal knowledge and skills of leadership;
  • acquire an understanding of biblical education which can be adapted to the needs and characteristics of adolescents within the changing North American subculture;
  • exhibit effective formal and informal communication skills with adolescents;
  • exercise counseling skills related to the specific needs of youth and parents within our current culture.


Career Path Options

Graduates are prepared to serve as full-time youth pastors in a local church, with para-church organizations such as Youth for Christ, Young Life, Campus Crusade for Christ.

Future Education Possibilities

This degree program provides students with a foundation for the pursuit of graduate studies in a variety of Christian fields.

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We want to share with you our excitement for a new way of learning at Rocky Mountain College.

Pathways is our new “distributed learning” model. It is taking our classroom courses out of the box, and down the road to where you are.

With our focus on discipleship, leadership and social care, Pathways now enables students, professionals, and life-long learners, to take advantage of our programs and courses no matter where they are.

Courses are available to Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime. Often times God speaks to us and we yearn for a richer life. But obstacles appear.

Pathways is about removing obstacles and allowing access to quality learning experiences. We foster changed lives both locally and globally.

It is our hope that we can show you a new pathway to learning, ministry and a richer, more meaningful life. Thank you for exploring RMC’s Pathways program.

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