Huntington University is a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana

Flying higher:

Master's student learns through face-to-face, online interaction
Joel Eisenbraun describes advantages of youth ministry master's degree program at Huntington University, a Christian college.

“Each class has helped to strengthen my ability to guide youth into discipleship and a deeper faith."

Balancing a full-time job and a master’s degree program can be a challenge. However, with Huntington University’s Master of Arts program in youth ministry leadership, students like Joel Eisenbraun can pursue a high-caliber education while still maintaining a full schedule outside of the classroom.

Joel is enrolled in the program while serving as a youth pastor in Spring, Texas.

One of the major draws to the program for many students, including Joel, is the convenience. The program offers a hybrid of online and face-to-face courses.

“Many other graduate programs lose the classroom feel and lack meaningful face-to-face interaction,” he said. “Huntington provides both as well as a schedule that can make it easy for a person who is employed full-time to balance school and work.”

Joel adds that the courses incorporate cutting-edge ideas and trends in the youth ministry field. In addition, the classes have served to bolster his personal faith and increase his confidence in his own ministry.

“Each class has helped to strengthen my ability to guide youth into discipleship and a deeper faith,” Joel said. “The genuine care from the professors and the instant camaraderie you feel among the students makes every class an enjoyable experience.”

Joel says that the quality of the classroom experience in the online hybrid program was not matched by some of the other graduate programs he investigated. He says he has been impressed particularly by the excellence of the faculty, specifically Dr. Dave Rahn, who has “enlisted some of the top names in youth ministry to share their wisdom and understanding within the outline of an online class.” Dave serves as the vice president and chief ministry officer for Youth for Christ/USA.

“I highly encourage those that are seeking further education in youth ministry or are moving into youth ministry from another vocation to consider this program,” he said. “It is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to enhance your abilities as a youth minister.”