Family Ministry (B.S.) | 120 Credits
Churches have always ministered to the family, yet the last decade has seen a significant shift in how churches seek to reach, disciple, and support families. Current studies show shocking attrition in post-graduation church attendance and measurable decreases in key spiritual indicators in young people. Research indicates that a “sticky faith” is strongly improved when children and students have many inter-generational connections across many years.
New church models of ministry have emerged that develop a strategic plan for birth through college with a strong emphasis on partnering with parents. Providing vision, guidance, and support to the family as a whole requires new patterns of thinking, strategy, resourcing, and staffing. This program is designed to prepare students to provide effective leadership in church-based family ministry programs for ages birth through college.
Upon completion of this program, students will minister effectively within a family ministry environment as demonstrated by the following competencies:
- Actively shepherd individuals toward God, helping them grow in faith and mobilizing them as productive Christ-followers.
- Create programming that is driven by a clear sense of mission and purpose.
- Apply group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing and mending teams for maximum effectiveness.
- Understand structural models for the governance of non-profit organizations and how they shape and empower practical ministry.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of financial stewardship, including basic budgetary principles and procedures for non-profit organizations.
- Apply a working knowledge of legal issues and loss control strategies to the delivery of ministry organizations and their programming.
- Create integrated ministry approaches that extend from birth to adulthood while integrating the church and family together.
- Establish communication, curriculum, teaching, and preaching approaches that are age-appropriate, relevant, and life-changing.
- Explore patterns for empowering and supporting the family as the primary discipler in the life of a child with an emphasis on spiritual disciplines, rites of passage, and milestones.
- Develop small group approaches that maximize the benefit of a community, relationships, and mentors towards a student’s overall maturity and development.
- Design advocacy, outreach, and volunteerism activities that empower students to serve their community and develop life long connections with the greater church body.
Professional Ministry Core (18 credits)
- Dynamics of Discipleship
- Principles of Ministry Strategy
- Developing Dynamic Teams
- Governance & Admin of Nonprofit Orgs
- Financial Mgmt of Nonprofit Orgs
- Risk Management of Nonprofit Orgs
Family Ministry Focus (15 credits)
- Family Ministry Philosophy
- Refining the Message
- Reactivating Families
- Elevating Community
- Leveraging Volunteerism & Advocacy