Skills for Children’s and Family Ministries

This subject is only available online. For a full list of online subjects, check out our online page.

Unit Overview
Develop skills to design and facilitate a ministry among children and families in a local church. This online unit works through theological, cultural, and strategic foundations for children’s and family ministry, practices of discipleship among children and families, and practices for leadership in children’s and family ministries.

Anchored by Graham Stanton, director of the Ridley Centre for Children’s and Youth Ministry, this unit includes specialised input from a stellar line-up of local and international practitioners and scholars including:

  • Holly Allen, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Amy Brown, Children and Youth Minister, St. Jude’s Carlton
  • Kaye Chalwell, St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney
  • Gareth Crispin, Cliff College, Sheffield UK
  • Amy Jacober, Sonoran Theological Group, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Timothy Paul Jones, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Ruth Newmarch, Generations Pastor, St. Thomas’ Burwood

The dates for when this unit is offered varies. Please visit the timetable by clicking here for the most up to date information.

Unit Details

Workload  One semester, 12 credit points
Status  Elective
Subject Code  DM031-612
Teacher  Graham Stanton

Unit Content
Section A: Theoretical Study and Skills
1. Children, families, and the Church: historical and contemporary understandings; children and families in multicultural settings; age-segregated and intergenerational ministries; baptism and communion, denominational distinctives.
2. The content and planning of a Children’s and Family Ministry: Aims and objectives; Ministry to, for, and with children; models of family ministry; evangelism and nurture; educational and formational perspectives; curriculum planning.
3. Discipling children: Bible teaching with children; creative teaching techniques (such as music, drama, craft; digital technology); answering
children’s questions; Christian practices with children; children and evangelism; discipling children with disabilities; group management and discipline.
4. Leading Children’s and Family Ministry: working within a church leadership team; shaping church culture; leading teams; recruiting and training; leading change; planning and evaluation; implementing safe-ministry.
5. Reflective practice: The examination of an existing substantial children’s and family ministry programme in a Christian church; theological reflection; self-reflection and supervision; seeking and responding to feedback.

Section B: Ministry with Children and Families
6. Christian ministry among children and families in a particular church, including a minimum total of 30 hours field-work.

Study Expectations
In this unit, you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages related to this unit. These usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Students should allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this unit.


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