Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
To equip mature Christian leaders to guide children and adolescents into a personal relationship with Jesus and to lead kids and/or student ministries at a local church.
If you have ever counseled a hurting teen, rocked a baby to sleep, or made a toddler giggle, you know that there is a rich and satisfying reward for those who invest in the next generation. Every child is a unique gift from God, and they each have the power to change the world for good if they follow God’s direction on their lives. But in such a rapidly-changing culture, it’s hard for them to find that direction - especially amidst the distractions, hardships, and insecurities they face every day. They are in dire need of the wisdom and hope and love that Jesus Christ offers. Whether you are a parent wanting to direct your children onto the right path, a children/youth pastor who wants to make a lasting impact in your community, or a daycare worker who wants to provide Jesus’ love to young children, this program is for you!
A maturing relationship with Jesus and a solid base of leadership skills are vital for success as a leader of a ministry. Because of this, the Associates program (ACLM) is required for admission into the Certificate programs.
Upon completion, students will be able to:
Evaluate the needs and values of a specific community’s culture and adjust their ministry to attract and engage that culture
Demonstrate the ability to pray biblically and confidently with individuals and before a crowd
Link theological and biblical knowledge with current psychological research to create an age-appropriate sermon series, devotionals, large event topics (i.e., lock-in, VBS, or summer camp), or leader meetings
Identify and address felt needs of children and students and their families in any community
Identify and train qualified and reliable individuals to serve on your ministry teams
Explain and practice the policies and procedures relevant to their ministry areas that are designed to ensure the safety of children, adolescents, families, and volunteers.
Create a safe, loving, affirming environment for children or adolescents of any age
Present accurate biblical content to children in an age-appropriate way without prior preparation
- Respond calmly, safely, and correctly to crises, conflict, or other challenging situations in a way that keeps children safe