Children's Ministry

Most people who accept Christ do so during their early years. Reaching and discipling young people therefore stands critical to the church’s effectiveness for this and future generations. The Children’s Ministry Major equips students to lead and minister to children and their families. Graduates may pursue career paths in church-based children’s ministry, para-church ministry that reaches children, preschool education, or other careers that involve nurturing, teaching, and ministering to children.

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Students will benefit from Johnson’s accreditation, affordable tuition, and an experienced and engaged faculty passionate about each student’s success. Both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree coursework combine a Bible & Theology Core and Arts & Sciences Core. Bachelor of Arts degrees usually include 12 or more credits of foreign language study, while Bachelor of Science degrees include additional Natural Science (like Biology and Science Concepts) and Social and Behavioral Science courses (like Psychology and Economics). Students will also have the opportunity to test and apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world settings through professional internships. 

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Model the maturity of a Christ-like servant-leader necessary for kingdom work.
  • Demonstrate biblically-based and culturally-relevant strategies for ministry to children.
  • Exhibit a thoughtful and self-aware model of leadership in order to equip others for effective kingdom mission service.

For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.

Professional Area Course Sampling
Interpersonal & Family Relationships
Early Childhood Program Development
Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs
Youth & Children’s Ministry Fundamentals
Biblical Teaching & Preaching
Conflict and Communication
Effectiveness in Leadership & Life

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective