Family Ministry | Bachelor of Science

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. 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.

 

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Family Ministry (B.S.)

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.

“Jesus had all the answers, yet He asked LOTS of question. He understood that that is how truth becomes real for us.”

Reggie Joyner

CEO, reThink Group

Program Goals

Upon completion of this program, students will minister effectively within a camp 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 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 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.

Mentored Internships

We are tapping into a deep well of internship opportunities with local churches effectively deploying family ministry strategies via a partnership with 1semester.com


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Courses of Study

  • 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

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