Family Ministry

Churches have always ministered to the family, yet the last decade has seen a significant shift in how churches seek to reach, disciple, and support families. Current studies show shocking attrition in post-graduation church attendance and measurable decreases in key spiritual indicators in young people. Research indicates that a “sticky faith” is strongly improved when children and students have many inter-generational connections across many years. New church models of ministry have emerged that develop a strategic plan for birth through college with a strong emphasis on partnering with parents. Providing vision, guidance, and support to the family as a whole requires new patterns of thinking, strategy, resourcing, and staffing. Program DetailsApply Now

Program Description

Churches have always ministered to the family, yet the last decade has seen a significant shift in how churches seek to reach, disciple, and support families. Current studies show shocking attrition in post-graduation church attendance and measurable decreases in key spiritual indicators in young people. Research indicates that a “sticky faith” is strongly improved when children and students have many inter-generational connections across many years. New church models of ministry have emerged that develop a strategic plan for birth through college with a strong emphasis on partnering with parents. Providing vision, guidance, and support to the family as a whole requires new patterns of thinking, strategy, resourcing, and staffing. This program is designed to prepare students to provide effective leadership in church based family ministry programs for ages birth through college.

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The Orange Semester Family Ministry Essentials concentration comprises 15 credits of this program and is delivered through our partnership with 1semester.com.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the family ministry program, students will minister effectively within an family ministry environment as demonstrated by the following competencies:

  1. Actively shepherd individuals toward God, helping them grow in faith and mobilizing them as productive Christ-followers.
  2. Create programming that is driven by a clear sense of mission and purpose.
  3. Apply group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing and mending teams for maximum effectiveness.
  4. Understand structural models for governance of non-profit organizations and how they shape and empower practical ministry.
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of financial stewardship, including basic budgetary principles and procedures for non-profit organizations.
  6. Apply a working knowledge of legal issues and loss control strategies to the delivery of ministry organizations and their programming.
  7. Creates integrated ministry approaches that extend from birth to adulthood while integrating the church and family together.
  8. Establishes communication, curriculum, teaching, and preaching approaches that are age appropriate, relevant, and life changing.
  9. Explores patterns for empowering and supporting the family as the primary discipler in the life of a child with an emphasis on spiritual disciplines, rites of passage, and milestones.
  10. Develops small group approaches that maximize the benefit of community, relationships, and mentors towards a student’s overall maturity and development.
  11. Designs advocacy, outreach, and volunteerism activities that empower students to serve their community and develop life long connections with the greater church body.

Courses of Study (36 credits)

Ministry Foundations (18 credits)

All PER ministry programs are built on the core foundational skills delivered in this set of classes. While implementation of these skills may vary in different ministry environments, the skills are not context-specific at the principle level. Every ministry leader will deploy this organizational leadership foundation in their ministry context.

  • Dynamics of Discipleship (3 credits)
  • Principles of Ministry Strategy (3 credits)
  • Developing Dynamic Teams (3 credits)
  • Governance & Administration of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • Risk Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
Family Ministry Focus (15 credits)

The Orange Semester Family Ministry Essentials concentration is delivered through our partnership with 1semester.com. The five courses of the program are delivered through distance education systems in harmony with an active learning environment. The design allows students the opportunity to learn the concepts and skills from mentors currently engaged in the students’ desired future role.

  • Family Ministry Philosophy (3 credits)
  • Refining the Message (3 credits)
  • Reactivating Families (3 credits)
  • Elevating Community (3 credits)
  • Leveraging Volunteerism & Advocacy (3 credits)
Cross-Discipline Electives (3 credits)

Students will choose at least one experience-based course from alternative disciplines (i.e. youth ministry, intercultural ministry, camping and recreation) to compliment and customize their learning experience in context.