Applied Leadership

Youth Work

Program Overview

Make a lasting impact on the youth of today and leaders of tomorrow.


Columbia’s Youth Work program prepares students with the education, experience, and confidence they need to help transform the lives of young people. Through strategic leadership within the field of youth ministry, students take concepts from the classroom and integrate them into ministry opportunities as they serve in local ministries. With a number of church and community partners, Columbia’s intensive 10-month internship component allows students to apply their education and gain valuable experience in the youth work field.


Watch Luke's Story

Called to Impact Students

Growing up, Luke didn't have a great youth group experience: no role models, no positive Christian community. So he decided to become a youth pastor and make a difference in kids' lives.  He's having an incredible time on his year-long youth internship - mentoring teens, being mentored, and... doing slip-and-slide.


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Watch Colin's Story

Called to Serve

Growing up in Vancouver surrounded by successful people, Colin had the expectation from his family (and himself) to attend one of the local universities. After high school, Colin spent a year following the career path set out for him by others. By the end of his first year of university, Colin felt that God was calling him to invest in others and take the step towards full-time ministry.


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Alex D Alum

Meet Alex

BA Youth Work 2010
Youth Pastor

"Columbia’s youth work program shaped my understanding of how to do student ministry in many different capacities. From a pragmatic sense - in how to develop, organize, and execute plans, lessons, and events. In a relational capacity - how to engage, disciple, council, and help students grow in their faith and maturity. And in a visionary capacity - seeing how God wants to use me for His kingdom’s sake. I could not be more thankful for my time at CBC and the faculty and mentors I met there."

Diploma in Youth Work

The two-year diploma in Youth Work is designed to equip students for youth ministry, often alongside another vocation. Students receive a strong biblical foundation alongside the practical skills necessary for youth ministry in numerous contexts. Graduates from the two year diploma often work in churches or parachurch organizations as gifted, committed and passionate youth workers. Others have continued on with studies in social services with a youth emphasis. Wherever they go, Columbia Youth Work graduates are prepared to use their gifts to influence and impact teenagers for the gospel.

Bachelor of Arts in Practical Theology, Major in Youth Work

The Youth Work degree program prepares students for strategic leadership within the field of youth ministry. The program is designed to combine in-class education and hands-on practicums in order to provide the very best experiential education possible. To enhance class lectures, students are introduced to vocational youth workers who share their expertise, giftedness and passion. In their third year, students will have the opportunity to apply for a 10 month internship in either a church or parachurch organization where they learn under the mentorship of a veteran youth worker. This emphasis on study and application offers the students a program that is intentionally holistic and integrative in its scope. Graduates from the degree program better understand youth culture and are able to employ new skills in the area of youth ministry.

Youth Work Minors

Each degree student at Columbia has the option to select a minor in a variety of fields. Typically, minors are chosen in a student's third year of study and will inform the type of internship placement they choose. Learn more about available minors.


Biblical Studies
Social Entrepreneurship
Counselling & Human Services
Church Ministry
Intercultural Studies
Ministry to Children
Outdoor Rec Leadership
Practical Ministry
Worship Arts


Practical, hands-on experience is an integral part of education. That's why Columbia requires all degree students to complete an internship in their third or fourth year. Youth Work students have the unique opportunity to participate in an intensive 10-month internship in their third year. The internship places students in a youth ministry setting where they acquire valuable hands-on experience working in vocational ministry. The internship program is designed to provide a rich learning experience with practical skill development. For more information about Columbia's internship program, including application forms and placement options, visit Service Learning.

Supervisor Evaluations (3rd Year Internship)

Download the off-site supervisor evaluation forms for the Youth Work 3rd Year Internship.
Supervisor Evaluation Forms (Progress Reports 1-3)
Supervisor Comprehensive Evaluation Form