Skills for Children’s and Family Ministries


One semester, 4 credit points
Graham Stanton


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; disciplining 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.


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