The Specialization in Children’s Ministry exists to strengthen, empower, and mentor Children’s Ministry Leaders by providing the theological teaching, leadership training, and skills preparation necessary for the ministry of the gospel to children. Whether taking these courses on their own, or combining them with a practical ministry degree, you will benefit from the knowledge gained and the skills learned.
Students enter in cohorts in the fall and commit to two years of:
- live-stream webinars
- in-context assignments
Learn from specialists in the fields of Children’s Ministry, leadership, and theology. Have meaningful conversations on pertinent topics. Inform your mind through current thought and classic writings. Participate in a mentoring relationship, developing personal, spiritual, and ministerial accountability. Enhance your abilities in Children’s Ministry through practical, relevant, and applicable assignments, many completed specifically within your local church.
We invite you to come join us.
Search around. You’ll quickly discover that ACTS/TWU is one of the only schools in Canada offering a specialization in Children’s Ministry where all 12 credits are specifically focused on Children’s Ministry.
- 12 credit hours, 6 per year
- Offered at both the bachelor and the master’s level
- Backed by the highest level of theological accreditation in North America (ATS)
The courses can be applied as specializations in:
- ACTS Master of Arts in Christian Studies
- ACTS Master of Divinity
- ACTS Diploma in Christian Studies
- TWU Bachelor of Leadership
- Columbia Bible College, Bachelor of Arts in Practical Theology
- The specialization can also be transferred to other institutions providing the student has sought permission of their institution’s academic dean and achieves required grade levels.
Not-For-Credit: If you desire the training without the university/seminary credit you may participate as a not-for-credit student. You will complete all assignments and be graded on a pass/fail basis. Please note the implications if you choose to take the specialization not-for-credit:
- no academic credit received;
- no transcript issued;
- no transferability into academic programs should you one day decide to pursue a degree;
- retro-active credit cannot be given nor can courses be challenged.
Tuition: The following rates are applicable for the September 2019 – April 2020 academic year:
- Graduate: $378.75/credit hour
- Undergraduate: $372/credit hour
- Not-for-Credit*: $254/credit hour
- Audit: not available
Application: New cohorts begin in September. Students must apply to enter the Centre for Ministry Excellence of ACTS/TWU by contacting [email protected], or calling Nikki Lanigan at 604-888-7592. You will typically hear back within 48-72 hours. Once your application has been processed you may register for classes.
Course Registration: Graduate course registration is online at the TWU Student Portal. For undergraduate course registration email [email protected] to obtain the registration form.
Contact: Program Coordinator, Nikki Lanigan, P: 604-888-7592, TF: 1-888-402-3477, or use the contact form below.
Each course will teach on various aspects of Children’s Ministry ensuring a thorough knowledge of the topics and applying that knowledge through practical, developmental, skill-based assignments.
Course 1: Children in Perspective
Gaining an understanding of today’s children seems like a challenge in the face of perpetually shifting culture. This course seeks to teach that in order to reach today’s children we must know today’s children – their worldview, culture, and understanding; their social, emotional, mental, and spiritual understanding; their need for attachment in the midst of constant change. The course then puts this knowledge into a biblical framework by examining God’s design for children, and His heart for drawing children to Himself.
Course 2: Spiritual Formation of a Child
Intentional. If spiritual formation is anything it must be intentional. To this end, this course starts by examining salvation, baptism, and communion in relation to the child, looking at evangelical, covenant, and catholic theology. This will highlight the important role of parents in the spiritual formation process. We will then study different perspectives on children’s spiritual formation, considering the vital role of worship, discipleship, and curriculum in this process. Lastly, we’ll look at spiritually and programatically supporting children and families with supportive care needs.
Course 3: Teaching, Learning, and Early Childhood
Core to any children’s ministry and discipleship path is a strong understanding of the teaching and learning process. This course will start by looking at Jesus, the perfect Teacher, and the Holy Spirit, the perfect Guide. From this foundation we will examine multiple theories and practices of solid teaching, learning, and early childhood education.
Course 4: Children’s Ministry Leadership: Parents, Volunteers, and You
This course has intentionally been left to last. We believe it is best to lead from a place of knowledge – knowledge that through these last three courses – has been grown and graced with understanding and wisdom. Ministries frequently reflect the spiritual health of the leader hence our study of leadership will start by looking at you, the leader. Where is your heart? What are your skills? How do you communicate vision, dissolve tension, or encourage weary souls? We will then look at the full topic of leading, recruiting, training, and empowering volunteers. Lastly, we’ll look at leading parents to be spiritual champions for their children through intentional discipleship, godly discipline, and loving parenting.
You can contact Nikki via the form below: