Designed for those involved in ministry to children and their families.
Ideal for those who:
- Are interested in a life-time commitment to ministering to children and their families
- Lead the children’s ministry in local congregations
- Are seminary graduates who now want to specialize in children’s ministry
- Are considering a seminary degree
- Are not seminary graduates
Exploring the Biblical/Theological Foundations for Children’s Ministry (Spring 2015)
This course is a study of biblical and theological foundations for developing and guiding a ministry with preschoolers and children. Attention is given to the development of important biblical concepts appropriate for each age level, preparation of children’s sermons, conversion counseling with children, and theological evaluation of literature and resources appropriate for each age.
Teaching Preschoolers (Fall 2015)
This course overviews the characteristics, needs, developmental theories/issues and teaching methodologies related to ministry with preschoolers and their families. The students will explore how to practically assist preschoolers and their teachers in faith formation and Bible knowledge using educational principles, methods, and learning environment that reflect an understanding of how preschoolers grow and develop.
Teaching Children (Spring 2016)
This course overviews the characteristics, needs, developmental theories/issues and teaching methodologies related to ministry with children and their families. The students will explore how to practically assist grade-school children and their teachers in faith formation and Bible knowledge using educational principles, methods, and learning environment that reflect an understanding of how children grow and develop.
Minister of Childhood Education (Fall 2016)
This course is a study of the life and work of ministers who have major responsibilities related to preschool and grade-school children’s education in local churches. Vocational expectations are explored, gifts for ministry are evaluated, and approaches to various tasks are developed.
Connecting Children, Families and the Church (Spring 2017)
In this course the students will explore the role of the family in the life of the child and the church. Attention will be given to the supportive and enabling role of the church in family ministry, especially as it relates to the children. Sociological, historical, and Biblical aspects of family will inform family ministry.
Age Group Practicum (TBA)
A Practicum is a major ministry project that can be completed after the fourth or fifth classroom course of certification. A Practicum allows participants to plan, direct, and evaluate a special program or project directly related to an area of study in the curriculum. Basically, students will be involved in a self-directed learning project under the supervision of a professor. Students complete the approved project, maintain a journal and record of significant learning experiences, and prepare a summary report following course guidelines.
To receive Certification in Children’s Ministry, a person must successfully complete 5 courses. These courses are offered at the Virginia Baptist Resource Center in Richmond, VA. One course is offered each semester and you may begin the program with any course. The class times are from Thursday 6:30 pm until Saturday at noon for two (2) weekends. Two (2) hours of credit may be applied toward a Seminary degree at John Leland Center for Theological Studies. The Certification in Children’s Ministry is awarded by the Baptist General Association of Virginia.