Center for Family Ministry

Your choice of Harding is one that we believe you will find most beneficial. We look forward to helping you prepare to serve our Lord and his church.

Youth and family ministry is becoming a most crucial congregational ministry. The ministry preparation you will receive at Harding will prepare you for the challenges of this most exciting and needed ministry. Every effort will be made to prepare you to meet both the challenges of today's society and provide you with the tools to adapt to rapid changes in tomorrow's society.

Every semester you will have an opportunity to meet and study with youth ministers on the field.  Summer internships will give you further hands-on opportunities. Our Youth and Family Education Lab is developing a wealth of valuable information for the youth minister. There is not a better time to be preparing for a career in youth ministry.

The relationships you will build with God, other students, and with teens will prepare you for service in a special and unique way. On these Web pages, we have tried to include as much information as possible about the youth and family ministry major so that you can get a head start on your college education.

Another important and often neglected area of preparation is religious education. Those choosing this major will find their preparation to be a blessing to congregations of all shapes and sizes. Local congregations are constantly seeking those who can help provide answers to the difficult issues of Bible instruction at a congregational level.

The information contained herein is for the sole purpose of information and education. Dr. Scott Adair, Dr. Daniel B. Stockstill, Dr. Jerry Bowling and Harding University do not guarantee correctness of all information presented and are not liable for any reliance by the user on the information obtained through this Web site. However, every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the content. Please contact Dr. Scott Adair, Dr. Daniel Stockstill or Dr. Jerry Bowling if you find anything that is a concern.

Summer Internship Program

If you are looking for a great resource to help churches and summer interns find one another, then look no further! This program was designed specifically with the needs of churches and students in mind. Each year we strive to make the process faster, easier and more enjoyable for everybody involved. We hope that your involvement in the program this year will be good experience and one that yields a summer of spiritual growth within your church family.

Our goal is to find a good match between the church congregation and the profile of the intern. If there is any way we can help you, whether it is giving you information on students, getting your name out there, or setting up interviews with prospective interns, just let us know. We are very happy to help you in whatever way we can.

To apply, please contact our Director of Career Services by phone at 501-279-4454 or

Please forgive us any inconvenience you may have experienced in the last few months. We have been in the process of moving to a better solution for students and churches. During this time of transition the data forms were NOT being directed to the Career Center. If you completed one of the forms during this time, we apologize and ask that you contact the Career Service resource at the above contacts or use the Church & Minister Connections to receive the better services provided. Again, we are sorry for the confusion and inconvenience and ask that you forgive our oversight.


Scott Adair