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:
- A comprehensive understanding of biblical content, a discerning approach to biblical interpretation, and theological reflection informed by historical traditions.
- Growth in emotional, spiritual, and relational health resulting in observable love for God and neighbor.
- The capacity and skills for effective children’s and family ministry leadership and the ability to function successfully on a ministry team.
- Intercultural competence as it is lived out in the children’s and family ministry of the local church, broader community, and the global arena.
- Integration of biblical knowledge and personal and spiritual formation into ministry practice with children and families.
Campus and Delivery
St. Paul: Online with Intensives
Master of Arts in Children's and Family Ministry - St. Paul
Online with Intensives
|HS510||Church History Survey||3|
|NT516||New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation||3|
|OT516||Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings||3|
|TS512||Systematic Theology I: God the Creator||3|
|TS513||Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer||3|
|Degree Specific Requirements|
|CF510||Introduction to Children's and Family Ministry||3|
|CF610||Ministry with Families throughout the Life Cycle||3|
|CF612DE||Global and Missional Perspectives in Children's and Family Ministry||3|
|CF620||The Teaching and Learning Process||3|
|CF630||Leadership of Children's and Family Ministry||3|
|PC632||Pastoral Care of Children and Families||3|
|SP510||Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation||3|
|CF782DE||Senior Seminar: Integration and Field Education||3|
|GS001||Graduate Research Seminar||0|
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.
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
|BT510 (3 Day Intensive) Hermeneutics||3||HS501DE Church History: From the Early Church to the Reformation||1.5||CF610 (5 Day Intensive) Ministry with Families throughout the Life Cycle||3||HS502DE Church History: The Church in the Modern World||1.5||NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation||3|
|CF510 (3 Day Intensive) Introduction to Children's and Family Ministry||3||SP510 Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation||3|
|SP001 Formation Assessments||0|
|GS001 Graduate Research Seminar||0|
|CF620 (5 Day Intensive) The Teaching and Learning Process||3||CF612DE Global and Missional Perspectives in Children's and Family Ministry||3||PC632 (5 Day Intensive) Pastoral Care of Children and Families||3||TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer||3|
|OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings||3||TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator||3|
|TL001 Vocational Assessments||0|
|CF630 (5 Day Intensive) Leadership of Children's and Family Ministry||3|
|CF782DE Senior Seminar: Integration and Field Education||3|
|Total Credits: 42|