The Master of Arts in Children’s and Family Ministry is designed for those who minister to the children and families in churches and parachurch organizations. The program allows students currently serving in professional or lay volunteer ministry to complete the degree requirements through a hybrid learning environment: a mixture of online courses and on-campus intensives taught on the St. Paul campus. Students have a balance of Bible and Theology and Children’s and Family Ministry courses with an emphasis that integrates spiritual formation throughout the curriculum. The degree can be completed in two and one-half years.

The objectives of the program are as follows:

  1. A comprehensive understanding of biblical content, a discerning approach to biblical interpretation, and theological reflection informed by historical traditions.
  2. Growth in emotional, spiritual, and relational health resulting in observable love for God and neighbor.
  3. The capacity and skills for effective children’s and family ministry leadership and the ability to function successfully on a ministry team.
  4. Intercultural competence as it is lived out in the children’s and family ministry of the local church, broader community, and the global arena.
  5. Integration of biblical knowledge and personal and spiritual formation into ministry practice with children and families.

Campus and Delivery

St. Paul: Online with Intensives


Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Children's and Family Ministry - St. Paul

Online with Intensives

Core Requirements
HS510Church History Survey3
NT516New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
OT516Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3
TS512Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3
TS513Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
Degree Specific Requirements
CF510Introduction to Children's and Family Ministry3
CF610Ministry with Families throughout the Life Cycle3
CF612DEGlobal and Missional Perspectives in Children's and Family Ministry3
CF620The Teaching and Learning Process3
CF630Leadership of Children's and Family Ministry3
PC632Pastoral Care of Children and Families3
SP510Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3
Other Requirements
CF782DESenior Seminar: Integration and Field Education3
GS001Graduate Research Seminar0
SP001Formation Assessments0
TL001Vocational Assessments0
Total Credits42

A minimum of 42 semester credits is required for graduation from the M.A.C.F.M. program. The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements.

Academic Plans

The academic plan listed below serves as an example of what completing the Master of Arts in Children's and Family Ministry could look like. This plan is for illustrative purposes only. Variations in course availability may occur due to differences in delivery system, starting term, and other factors. Individual students will consult their academic advisers to create a custom plan based on start term, length of completion, language options, and student preference.

2.5 Year Completion

First Year
BT510 (3 Day Intensive) Hermeneutics3HS501DE Church History: From the Early Church to the Reformation1.5CF610 (5 Day Intensive) Ministry with Families throughout the Life Cycle3HS502DE Church History: The Church in the Modern World1.5NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
CF510 (3 Day Intensive) Introduction to Children's and Family Ministry3 SP510 Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3  
SP001 Formation Assessments0    
GS001 Graduate Research Seminar0    
 6 1.5 6 1.5 3
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits SummerCredits
CF620 (5 Day Intensive) The Teaching and Learning Process3CF612DE Global and Missional Perspectives in Children's and Family Ministry3PC632 (5 Day Intensive) Pastoral Care of Children and Families3 TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3 TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3  
  TL001 Vocational Assessments0  
 6 3 6  3
Third Year
CF630 (5 Day Intensive) Leadership of Children's and Family Ministry3    
CF782DE Senior Seminar: Integration and Field Education3    
Total Credits: 42