ACU considered largest youth ministry training ground in U.S.


For immediate release
Oct. 31, 2001

Abilene Christian University is the largest academic trainer of youth ministers in the nation, according to recent research done at the university. ACU currently has 152 youth and family ministry majors.

Typically, there are around 15 graduates in a calendar year, but that number should go up with the increased number of students in the department currently, said Robert Oglesby, professor of youth and family ministry and director of the Center for Adolescent Studies.

The research was conducted by calling the largest schools that are a part of the academic network of Youth Specialties.

Oglesby said 10-15 churches contact him looking for youth ministers each year. ACU students usually find employment one to two months before their graduation date.

ACU is currently researching longevity in ministry for the Youth and Family Conference in February, which will show how well ACU students are surviving in ministry positions.

"Over my 13 years of teaching as an adjunct and full-time professor, I have taught over 250 full-time youth ministers," Oglesby said. "It is my greatest joy when I see our students do well in ministry. I love to see them at work with their teens. I can't describe the fulfillment in my heart when I see them teaching the next generation of youth."

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