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 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
BT 510Hermeneutics3
NT 516New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
OT 516Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3
SP 510Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation3
TS 512Systematic Theology I: God the Creator3
TS 513Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer3
Degree Specific Requirements
CF 510Introduction to Children's and Family Ministry3
CF 610Ministry with Families throughout the Life Cycle3
CF 612DEGlobal and Missional Perspectives in Children's and Family Ministry3
CF 620The Teaching and Learning Process3
CF 630Leadership of Children's and Family Ministry3
PC 632Pastoral Care of Children and Families3
Other Requirements
GS 001Graduate Research Seminar0
SP 001Formation Assessments0
TL 001Vocational Assessments0
Total Credits36

A minimum of 36 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.

Adult Professional Studies

College of Arts Sciences