CF510 • Introduction to Children's and Family Ministry. 3 Credits.

This foundational course presents a broad overview of contemporary minstry to children and families set within the broader educational ministries of the church. The field of children's ministry are analyzed in the context of cultural trends affecting children, families, and the church. Students explore a survey of the history of religious education from Old Testament times to the present day as well as current theories of ministry to children and families. These experiences guide students in developing a biblical philosophy of ministry to children and families.

CF610 • Ministry with Families throughout the Life Cycle. 3 Credits.

This course is an exploration of church ministry with families; focusing on leadership functions towards strengthening family ministry in the church and faith formation in the home. Students will examine the developmental life cycle of individuals and families. Participants will be introduced to five models of family ministry including the educational model, the counseling model, the nuclear family model, the family of families model, and the family in service model. Varied resources for family ministry will be referenced.
Prerequisites: CF510.

CF612DE • Global and Missional Perspectives in Children's and Family Ministry. 3 Credits.

This course is an invitation to learn about what God is doing in children’s and family ministry in the global domain. Exploration of the 4/14 Window is foundational to understanding children as a key demographic in global ministry. Various global movements will be examined. Students will explore holistic child development and be introduced to advocacy for children and families at risk in both the North American context and the global context. Children as both recipients and agents of missional movements will be explored.
Prerequisites: CF510.

CF620 • The Teaching and Learning Process. 3 Credits.

This course is a study of the concepts which undergird learning theory, curriculum development, and curriculum assessment in children’s and family ministry. It is designed to provide an understanding of the teaching-learning process, the process of curriculum planning, curriculum evaluation and writing of curriculum materials. It also includes planning, implementing and evaluating teaching/learning experiences. The areas of creativity, learning styles, brain-based learning and multiple intelligences will be investigated through reading, discussion, classroom experiences and student-led teaching opportunities. Students will present in class, receive peer review and instructor feedback. Learning through evaluation is a key component of this course including self-evaluation.
Prerequisites: CF510. Special Notes: A participation fee is associated with this course.

CF630 • Leadership of Children's and Family Ministry. 3 Credits.

This course explores the essence of Christian leadership development and its influence on staff dynamics and the many facets of the administrative process within the context of a staff ministry position. Leadership emergence theory,grounded in the comparative study of life histories of biblical, historical, and contemporary leaders, forms the basis of analysis. Students will be encouraged to examine biblical leadership and the practical skills of creating and maintaining effective ministry teams, healthy staff relationships and dynamic programs for children and families.
Prerequisites: CF510.

CF782DE • Senior Seminar: Integration and Field Education. 3 Credits.

This course invites students into an integrative experience that draws on all coursework experienced in the Master of Arts in Children’s and Family Ministry. The student will experience a model of professional development through field education through a mentoring relationship. It is hoped that students can experience a model that can carry them into their professional development journey after graduation from seminary. Exploration of the subject of mentoring comes through reading and discussion. In addition, students are required to engage in a relationship with a mentor for the purpose of spiritual, personal and professional growth. The ministry context offers an opportunity to gain feedback on the practice of ministry through supervision and feedback. Students will write a final paper that seeks to articulate and demonstrate integration and remaining areas of “disintegration” in their learning journey.
Prerequisites: CF510.