The Graduate Certificate in Youth & Family Services Leadership offers community ministry practitioners, community ministry pastors, community ministry directors, community ministry missionaries, community ministry chaplains, community services educators, faith community services personnel, family life pastors, Christian social workers, youth pastors, youth workers, and those involved in serving children, youth persons and their families the following capabilities:
Youth and family services organizations develop and operate a broad continuum of treatment programs for children, adolescents, and adults with behavioral health, emotional and physical challenges. Most of these are nonprofits or NGOs - some of which were started by churches, church groups, or by Christian individuals. They create programs to develop healthy bodies, inquiring minds, wholesome relationships, compassionate hearts, creative spirits, the conviction to stand up for themselves and others, and the courage to build a better society. The Graduate Certificate in Youth & Family Services Leadership equips students to serve families by developing human services competencies that lead to the personal and relational skills necessary to analyze risk to children, adolescents, and families and to plan intervention programs and treatments to relieve stress and facilitate recovery. Students are taught to approach their role from a God-centered perspective, joining the mission of God in the lives of those in the community.