Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Children’s and Family Ministry degree offered by Bethel University is a program of study that is offered to students in a hybrid format. This program aims to prepare its students to work with children and families and to take their ministry to the next level. The curriculum of this program offers students a strong biblical foundation, practical course material, and incentives for personal reflection. This program is intended for students who are passionate about their work with children and families. Since this program builds on experience and current ministry involvement, a prospective student’s experience and knowledge concerning ministry and theology is pertinent to their success in the program.

The Children’s and Family Ministry program has many learning objectives. This program strives to develop the head, heart, and hands of children’s and family ministry leaders. Students also should learn to explore the foundations of Biblical ministry and to apply practical course material to ministry settings. A goal of this program is to help students develop skills and techniques needed to minister to children and families. This program is specifically designed for professionals who minister to the particular needs of children and families. Those ministering in churches, child evangelism organizations, and mission agencies that focus on ministry to children and families are particularly suited for this program.

This program requires students to take and complete 51 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Master of Arts in Children’s and Family Ministry. The core requirements include: Hermeneutics, Church History Survey, New Testament Survey, and Old Testament Survey. Other degree specific requirements include Introduction to Children’s and Family Ministry, Ministry with Families Throughout the Life Cycle, Pastoral Care of Children and Families, and Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation. Other requirements include: Senior Integrative Seminar A and B and Mentored Leadership Development.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    In 1871, John Alexis Edgren began Baptist Union Theological Seminary in Chicago to prepare pastors for the ministry of Swedish Baptist immigrants. After the turn of the century, the school relocated to St. Paul and expanded to offer four-year degrees, becoming Bethel College and Seminary. As the school progressed forward, new programs and campus locations were established. In 2004, the school transitioned into Bethel University. Today, retaining its Christian-based vision, the private, not-for-profit Bethel University main campus is located in St. Paul, Minnesota, with additional facilities at San Diego and along the East Coast.

    Bethel University supports goals of adult students seeking associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to certificate programs. In order to accommodate the busy lifestyles of adult students, accelerated programs are offered online, in the evenings, or on weekends. The Graduate School at Bethel University awards master’s and doctorate degrees, along with certificate and license programs. Students progress through accelerated formats that incorporate faith values. Classes are taught in the evenings and/or on weekends in addition to other campus locations and online. 


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