Children are our most precious resource and ministering to children is one of our greatest privileges. Jesus demonstrated His love for children as he personally ministered to them (Mark 10:13-16) and as he used them as examples of what our faith should be like (Matthew 18:1-6), rebuking those who would lead them astray. The Church is in need of those who are thoroughly equipped and who have a passion to minister to children.
The Children’s Ministry Major program of study is a Christian education program that specifically focuses on the needs of children from birth to adolescence. In this program, students will learn the theory of child psychology and development. They will be exposed to a variety of age-specific programming, as well as develop the skills to create and implement programming designed specifically for the unique needs of a local setting. An integral part of the curriculum for the Children’s Ministry Major program of study is a focus on ministry to children in the context of the family.
One of the unique features of a Kingswood University degree is that every student will experience, as part of their program, an intensive four-month supervised ministry experience we call an internship. Internships are opportunities to fully engage in the practice of ministry under the supervision and mentoring of a seasoned professional in a student’s specialized field of study. Both the Director of Student Ministries and students are involved in the site selection process to ensure that the vocational goals of the student are met through the four-month internship.
Although practical ministry preparation is a hallmark of the Kingswood University experience, it is only one of several points of emphasis. All programs are rooted and grounded on a firm foundation of Bible and theology. The balance between general education, Bible and theology, and professional studies is essential in the preparation of ministering professionals.
Graduates of the Children’s Ministry Major program of study can expect to find opportunities for ministry in such fields as:
- local church ministry as a Children’s Pastor,
- special needs group homes for children, and
- social agencies dealing with children.