Some career options in youth ministry include:
- Working as a youth pastor in a congregation
- Working in a social or community program focused on youth
Graduates have served as youth pastors, gone on to take seminary classes and served as a group leader for Mennonite Mission Network’s Service Adventure program.
- Tory Doerksen ’04
Tory’s strong interests in both music and ministry made him the perfect candidate for Bethel’s Youth Ministry Certificate program. As a Bethel student, Tory experienced a tangible effect of a liberal arts education. “The greatest gift of the Youth Ministry Certificate [was] the mentoring from different areas of expertise – ministerial as well as the social work and psychology departments,” Tory says.
He also recalls the challenging environment – academically and spiritually – that Bethel is known for. “Bethel required me to take into account other faiths and other cultures in a way that aided in my personal/spiritual formation and self-identity,” he says.
After graduating from Bethel, Tory worked for a year as youth minister at Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton and studied at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary-Great Plains extension in North Newton, before becoming a group leader for Mennonite Mission Network’s Service Adventure program in Lebanon, Ore. Tory finished his M.Div. degree at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Ore., and in June 2010 joined the pastoral staff of First Mennonite Church, Denver, as pastor for child and youth faith formation.
- Alan Stucky ’03
After graduating from Bethel, Alan began M.Div. studies at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary-Great Plains extension in North Newton while also serving as youth pastor at Buhler (Kan.) Mennonite Church. During that time, he worked to create a joint youth group for youth from several churches in the Buhler area.
Alan then moved Elkhart, Ind., to finish his degree at the AMBS main campus. He is now pastor of Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church in Harper, Kan.