Program Details

Our M.A. in Children’s and Family Ministry is offered through our InMinistry Distance Learning program.

This InMinistry program is designed for students who are passionate about advancing their ministry without having to put it on hold. Our students will spend most of the year in distance learning through interactive online courses and will gather twice a year at the St. Paul campus for 1 week of classroom interaction.

Program Highlights

  • 42 credits
  • 2 1⁄2 years to completion
  • 14 total courses (7 intensive, 7 fully online)

You’ll move through your degree program with your cohort—about 20 of your peers who, like you, are actively involved in ministry. Your cohort will become a close community for you to share insights and provide mutual support as you face ministry challenges and experience personal growth.

Sample Concentration Courses

Introduction to Children's and Family Ministry

In this foundational course, students examine contemporary ministry to children and families within the various educational ministries of the church. Outcomes include:

  • Understanding of the cultural trends affecting children, families, and the church
  • Background knowledge of religious education from the Old Testament to present day
  • Development of a biblical philosophy of ministry to children and families

Pastoral Care of Children and Families

Students are introduced to pastoral care theory, skills, and issues. Challenging issues for those ministering to children and families will be explored:

  • Parent-child conflict
  • Families in perpetual crisis
  • Crisis intervention
  • Child abuse
  • Loss and grief
  • Divorce, remarriage, and step-families
  • Ethics and legality


Location: St. Paul
Delivery: InMinistry (distance learning program)

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