The Family & Children’s Ministry program integrates the disciplines of Biblical studies, education, and psychology to offer a holistic approach to ministry and life, establishing a firm foundation through often turbulent cultural challenges. Students will learn to structure creative experiences that contribute to the spiritual development of persons of all ages and to serve as an effective and supportive member of the total pastoral team. As part of the Practical Theology department, we continue the longstanding heritage of the University to partner with the local church to evangelize, disciple, edify and unify believers to maturity in Christ.
The Family & Children’s Ministry program excels in educating, equipping, and preparing the student to engage others in the transformative process of spiritual formation. By sharing courses in the same department with pastoral and missions majors, students experience a strong theoretical and practical model for church leadership.
- In-depth biblical studies to support a Scriptural understanding of ministry
- Internship opportunities working directly with local church and parachurch ministries
- Courses available in Christian education, pastoral work, intercultural studies, and psychology
- Specializations available in ministry with children, families, small groups, and spiritual formation
- Program approved by the Association for Biblical Higher Education
A graduate of the Family and Children's Ministry program will demonstrate the ability to:
- Articulate a biblically-based rationale for Christian formation and discipleship
- Structure creative experiences that contribute to a person's spiritual development
- Choose and employ different methods available for teaching and learning in a varitey of settings
- Serve as an effective and supportive member of the total pastoral team