Children's Ministry

Do you feel called to become a children’s pastor or director of a children’s program in a church setting? 

The Children’s Ministry program is designed to equip women and men to be pastors for children and their families. Covering a broad range of necessary ministry skills, such as preaching, teaching, church administration, and counseling, this degree helps the student to be prepared for a successful ministry career in church settings. You will be fully equipped not only to organize people and things for weekly children’s ministry routines but also to run transformative Vacation Bible Schools and special events.

Upon completion of the this program the student should have a robust understanding of scripture and theology and how to teach and apply it in children’s ministry settings. The student should not only be adept at teaching biblical holiness but should be confident in utilizing methods of classroom management and educational psychology as well as music and other worship media to effectively disciple children and families. The graduate of the KMBC Children’s Ministry program will be equipped to shepherd children and their families and to nourish them in their spiritual growth.

If you feel called to be a children’s pastor, KMBC’s Children’s Ministry program is for you!

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Children's Ministry Program Overview

Credit Hours

130 Credit Hours

What classes will I study?

As a student in the Children’s Ministry program, you will be focusing on classes to prepare you as children’s pastor or director of a children’s program in a church setting. You will also be equipped broadly with skills any pastor will need, such as teaching, preaching, and counseling. In addition to the general education core, you will be studying a variety of the biblical texts, theological topics, and practical ministry courses. For a complete list, check out 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

    Introduction to Communication

    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.

    Introduction to Sociology

    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 & 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.
  • Use of Technology in Bible Study

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

    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.
  • Pentateuch

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

    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.

  • Prison 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.
  • General Epistles

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

    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.
  • Hebrews

    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.
  • Isaiah-Jeremiah

    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.

Professional Ministerial Studies Core

  • Church Administration

    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.
  • Pastoral 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.
  • Introduction to Homiletics

    A general overview of the art and craft of preaching. Attention is given to the preacher, study helps, and sermon development.
  • Advanced Homiletics

    An advanced course in the principles of construction and delivery of sermons.
  • Homiletics Workshop

    The focus of the course is the preparation and delivery of sermons which are delivered in class in order to foster improvement through collegial evaluation.
  • Pastoral Epistles

    This course is a practical study of the spiritual, intellectual, social, and professional life of the Christian ministers in relation to their responsibilities and duties as pastor. Emphasis is placed upon the shepherd as a model for pastoral ministries.
  • Pastoral Ministries

    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.

Children's Ministry Concentration

  • Principles & Methods of Teaching

    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.
  • Classroom Management

    This course presents effective techniques in social and academic behaviors and different models of classroom management which enhance learning.
  • Child 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.
  • Family Spiritual Formation

    This course focuses on the theories and techniques of discipleship and educational programs in local churches for families which will build stronger families and preempt problems by laying a biblical foundation for family life.
  • Sunday School/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.
  • Media Ministries

    This course examines the application of various media in ministry contexts in a web-centered world. Media examined include video, audio, desktop publishing, graphics, computer presentations, and websites. Emphasis is given to integrating these media with web technologies.
  • Worship

    This course examines the biblical roots, historical development, theological meanings, and contemporary applications of worship. Emphasis is placed on leadership of public worship and the sacraments.
  • Educational Psychology

    This course will introduce the major learning theories relevant to educational processes, to enable a better understanding of learners, and to provide a foundation for their application in the classroom.
Have more questions?

Rev. Tom Lorimer

Meet the Ministerial Department advisor. Rev. Tom Lorimer 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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