Family Ministries

Do you feel called to work with families within your church and communities?

The Family Ministries program equips students for discipleship ministry across all age groups in both age-appropriate and combined settings. This program is ideal for those who feel a burden for families and a passion to see Christ become the center of those families. After completing this program, students will be prepared for a multi-age ministry in their church, community outreach, and many more forms of ministry!

Students will take classes that focus on ministering to children, youth, and adults, and well as Bible and theology classes. Classes will include those on age specific discipleship, summer ministries,  family dynamics, teaching, and counseling. These classes will help prepare the students for a variety of ministries in their churches and communities.

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What happens after graduation?

Some of our graduates choose to continue their education in pursuit of a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree (M.Div). Graduates choosing to do so, often remark at how well prepared they were for the academic challenges of seminary. Although our graduates have chosen to attend a variety of seminaries across the country, KMBC recommends Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.

Credit Hours

130 Credit Hours

What classes will I study?

As a student in the Family Ministries program, you will be focusing on classes to prepare you in Biblical leadership and family ministries in your church. In addition to the general education core, you will be studying a variety of the biblical texts, theology, teaching, and discipleship. For a complete list, skim through the list below.

General Education Core

  • Spiritual-Academic and Worldview Formation


    This course is designed to introduce the student to the spiritual and academic disciplines necessary to begin college life and to become a lifelong learner and Christian disciple. It provides an introduction to prominent contemporary worldviews and lays a foundation for developing a biblical worldview.

  • English Grammar


    A study of the fundamentals of English grammar with a view to proper construction. Emphasis is placed upon conciseness and correct diction.

  • English Composition


    Practice is given in various kinds of writing, including the formal research paper and the informal/formal essay to enable students to write clearly, concisely, logically and creatively.

  • Physical Education


    Promotes practices of good health and the development of Christian character through team play in competitive sports, both in class and through the program of intramural athletics. Students may be exempted from this course upon presentation of a doctor’s certificate requesting exemption from such activities.

  • Introduction to Communications or Introduction to Sociology

    <em>Introduction to Communication</em>

    The course introduces the process of communication as a critical element in human relationship and society, and examines various aspects of communication: information processing, interpersonal communication in dyadic relationships and small groups, organizational communication, and mass communication.

    <em>Introduction to Sociology</em>

    The course introduces the basic concepts of the discipline and major theories of social behavior. Factors underlying the formation and function of society, group life, social institution and processes are studied. Additionally, various current social problems are analyzed from a biblical world view.

  • Basic Public Speaking


    This course provides an introduction to the various types and components of public speeches. Class assignments and activities are designed to develop skills in preparing, refining and delivering public addresses.

  • History of Civilization I &amp; II


    The courses survey the history of civilization from ancient times to the modern period and focus on the religious, political and legal aspects of the ancient, medieval and modern world as seen from the Christian perspective.

  • General Psychology


    Provides an introduction to psychology focusing on its major topics, methods, theories, and applications from a Christian perspective.

  • Music Appreciation


    A course which integrates basic music elements and appreciation for sacred and secular masterworks.

  • Church History


    A survey of the development of the Christian Church from apostolic times to the present with special attention being given to councils of the Church, medieval monasticism, the Protestant Reformation, Wesley and Pietism, and the North American church.

  • College Mathematics


    This course is designed to give the essentials of college algebra. Reasoning ability is developed by stressing application to physical problems. A grasp of algebraic principals and problem solving techniques will enable the student to think analytically, which has widespread application.

  • English Literature


    A critical study of certain chosen literary works from the Middle Ages to the present including some attention to the lives of the authors. Interpretations are sought in the light of historical and social backgrounds.

  • Marriage and Family


    This course considers the dynamics of marriage and family relationships. The emphasis will be upon the development of relationships from dating through courtship and marriage, with a special consideration for enrichment skills such as communication, conflict solving, budgeting, and role concepts.

  • Earth Science


    Taking information and operating principles from the study of various science disciplines, this course is a multi-disciplinary introduction to the earth’s processes and environment. The biblical account of creation is held to be accurate, and a six literal day creation period lays the foundation for this study of the earth.

  • Introduction to Philosophy


    Focuses on the terminology and methodology of philosophy including an emphasis on the classic concepts and thinkers of Western philosophical thought. Students are enabled to think critically and analytically about current philosophical trends from a Christian world view.

Bible Study Core

  • English Bible Survey


    This course is an introduction to the content, theology and history of the Bible with a special emphasis upon the major people, places and events. The various literary genres are studied in order to discover their basic teachings and place in divine revelation. The course is a prerequisite to all other courses in biblical studies.

  • Gospels


    A comprehensive study of the life and ministry of Jesus presented by the four gospel writers.

  • Pentateuch


    An historical and theological study of the first five books of the Old Testament which emphasizes the characters and the covenant. The Pentateuch is examined as the foundation for the remainder of the history of God’s revelation to humanity.

  • Acts


    The history of the origin, rise, and expansion of universal Christianity as presented in the Acts of the Apostles.

  • Prison Epistles

    The four Epistles of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon were written by Paul during his Roman imprisonment. This class will consider the theological truths and practical applications contained in these letters.

  • General Epistles


    An inductive study of the epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude with emphasis on important doctrines and principles relating to Christian living. Attention is given to learning the use of different resource materials and the inductive process.

  • Romans


    A study of the Epistles of Romans which focuses on the theological truths and their application to the Christian life.

  • Hebrews


    A study of the Book of Hebrews which views the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament and informs Christology and Soteriology especially as they pertain to Entire Sanctification and Christian perseverance.

  • Isaiah-Jeremiah


    A study of the books with emphasis on the historical, social, moral and religious background of the prophet and their times. Major elements of the class include historical, eschatalogical, and New Covenant significance along with present-day application.

  • Biblical Studies Electives


    This is where you may customize part of your learning experience here at KMBC. What books are you interested in studying? Perhaps the Minor Prophets, Historical Books, Psalms and Wisdom Literature, the Apocalyptic Books, Galatians and Thessalonians, Romans, Corinthians, or a perhaps an advanced inductive study on a topic that interests you!

Theology Study Core

  • Foundations of Faith


    A foundational course in theology designed to give the student a basic understanding of the doctrines of God, man, and sin, and emphasizes the saving relationship into which God calls all human beings.

  • Doctrines of Holiness


    An intensive study of the doctrine of Christian perfection and entire sanctification as a second work of grace as it comes to expression within Scripture and Wesleyan theology which are integrated with experiential material for the purpose of instructing, clarifying, and establishing students in their personal experience of entire sanctification.

  • Theology Elective


    Choose from several excellent theology classes including the theology of prayer, systematic theology, the theology of John Wesley, cults, or take a survey of holiness literature.

Family Ministries Program

  • Parliamentary Law


    The development of skills in the standard method of conducting and participating in business meetings is the focus of this course. Robert’s Rules of Order is the guidebook employed.

  • Introduction to Christian Education


    This course emphasizes the biblical foundation of Christian education. Needs of the various age groups, current methods and approaches, curriculum and materials, organization and administration in the local church are practical aspects surveyed.

  • Evangelism


    This course provides an introduction to the biblical principles and practices of evangelism and discipleship and their applications to contemporary life.

  • Discipleship


    A survey of the principles, content, method, and materials for directing the spiritual growth of new converts and preparing them for leadership. Emphasis is given to skill building and to program development within the local church. This class is cross-referenced with DS 222.

  • Apologetics


    An introduction to terminology, methods, and tools of apologetics.

  • Children's Discipleship


    An introduction to some of the basic principles of child psychology as it relates to their education and the means and methods of evangelizing and discipling children.

  • Youth Discipleship


    This course explores the developmental and spiritual needs of youths and the various theories and methods to help them grow and develop in the Christian faith. Includes an emphasis on discipling youth in various settings. Prerequisite: CE 141.

  • Principles and Methods of Teaching OR Principles and Methods of Spiritual Formation


    This course focuses on basic teaching principles and basic instructional methods with the aim of creating an effective lesson plan, and explores and incorporates the teaching methods of Jesus. This course is a prerequisite for the Elementary Teacher Education program and must be completed before beginning the program.

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    This course focuses on basic teaching principles and basic instructional methods with the aim of creating an effective lesson plan, and explores and incorporates the teaching methods of Jesus.

  • Sunday School and Summer Ministries


    Focuses on the development and implementation of educational ministries such as Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, camping programs and other summer ministries as a part of the total program of Christian education.

  • Adult Discipleship


    This course explores the developmental and spiritual needs of adults and the various theories and methods to help adults grow and develop in the Christian faith. Prerequisite: CE 141.

  • Family Spiritual Formation


    This course explores the needs and principles used in effectively discipling the family.

  • Practice of Spiritual Disciplines


    This course is a practical application of disciplines learned for personal growth and discipleship.

  • Christian Counseling


    Focuses upon the basic concepts and techniques of Christian counseling. The student will develop broader understanding and a working knowledge of counseling skills in order to help people who have spiritual and life adjustment problems. This course is cross referenced with MT 452. Prerequisite: PS 171.

  • Administration in the Local Church


    This course focuses upon the administration in the local church and includes organization, leadership, staff relationship, volunteers, governing boards, short and long term planning, and crisis and time management within the structure of the local church. This course is cross-referenced to MT 481.

Other Classes

  • Internship


    An internship offers the student an opportunity to participate in actual ministry under the close supervision of a faculty advisor and a practitioner in the field of Discipleship/Christian education. The internship will respect the guidelines established by the Office of Field Ministries and the contract established by the curriculum advisor.

  • Senior Seminar


    This course enables senior students to refine their biblical worldview and to demonstrate integration of accumulated learning regarding contemporary issues.

  • Electives

    Choose from a number of electives tailored to your personal ministry interests.

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Ms. Barb Deaton

Meet the Discipleship Department advisor. Ms. Barb Deaton will be glad to answer any questions you may have regarding the program. Otherwise, request more information to get in touch with our admissions team.

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