Children & Family Ministries
The Children & Family Ministries major exists to prepare pastors, evangelists and missionaries to minister to children and their families. The goals of the academic program are:
- To strive to offer the best training in children and family ministry in the country;
- To see graduates with the ability to minister effectively to children and their families;
- To see graduates with the ability to provide pastoral leadership in local church congregations;
- To see graduates with knowledge and experience in general education, theology, pastoral and practical ministry skills;
- To see graduates with the ability to minister to children and their families holistically using the most current ministry methods and models;
- To build a common sense of community, pride, and cooperation among students in the Children and Family Ministries major at NCU;
- To look beyond the borders of campus to build strategic partnerships with districts, churches, pastors, children’s workers and children and family ministries.
Graduates of the Children and Family Ministries major should be able to demonstrate skills related to pastoral ministry, including:
- Preaching and teaching ministry;
- Use of today’s technology;
- How to reach, teach and relate to children at various developmental stages;
- Working with children and adults in small group and large group programs;
- Pastoring children and their families;
- Training children to participate and lead in a meaningful worship experience at appropriate developmental levels;
- Incorporating illustrative skills, including story telling, object lessons, drama, puppetry and clowning;
- Development and leadership of ministry teams.
Graduates should be able to utilize knowledge needed for effective children’s ministry including:
- Teaching Bible and theology in meaningful and appropriate ways to children;
- Classroom management;
- Basic educational methodologies for children;
- Discipling skills;
- Basic counseling and discipline skills;
- Leadership development.
Graduates should be able to administer programming to children and families through:
- Staff recruitment, selection, training and supervision;
- Program planning and implementation;
- Communication with parents;
- Relationships with pastoral staff, people in the church and people in the community.
Through classes common to all majors in the department, students should be able to:
- Understand historic and contemporary theology;
- Study the Bible and effectively practice and communicate its truths in today’s world;
- Be familiar with the history, practices and beliefs of the the Assemblies of God;
- Understand the operation, administration, and organization of the local church, including the unique role of a pastor;
- Know and practice the mission of the Church;
- Be aware of the legal aspects of pastoral ministry;
- Practice personal spiritual formation in regards to character and responsibility.