Children's Ministry Certificate

This certificate prepares students to serve the church by specializing in the care and teaching of children from birth to sixth grade.  Potential service areas for the church include departmental leadership positions involving children or working in a parachurch ministry devoted to the Christian education of children. 

Contact:  Registrar Faith Axton (registrar@cccb.edu

Certificate Enrollment Fee:  $700

Children’s Ministry Certificate Goals

In addition to the goals of the Certificate of Biblical Knowledge, students completing a Children’s Ministry certificate will be able to:

  1. Examine the need for education in the church, recognize the role of a children’s minister, and describe their own involvement in that role.
  2. Recognize the fundamental components of a lesson and develop their own Biblical lessons for a church audience.
  3. Explain the age-specific educational and psychological needs that affect teaching within a local church.
  4. Design a children’s educational program to recruit and train volunteers for the educational ministry of a local church.
  5. Experience the educational ministry of the church in light of the principles and methods of effective children’s ministry.

Course Requirements

Course

Title

Credits

Biblical Studies

18

BOT101

Survey of Pentateuch

 3

BNT101

Life of Christ I

 3

BTH120

Discovering the Bible

 3

BNT112

Acts of the Apostles

 3

BOT202

History of Israel 

 3

BTH201

Basic Biblical Theology

 3 

General Studies

10

GSS100

Saints Seminar

1

GCA151

English Composition I

(or GPS200 Worldviews and Ethics)

3

GCA201

Interpreting Biblical Literature

3

GCA302

Advanced Communication: Lessons

3

Professional Studies

18-19

SALT101

Serving in Community (onsite students only)

0.5

SALT102

Biblical Leadership (onsite students only)

 0.5

PCM100

Christian Discipleship

3

PCM222

Principles of Evangelism

3

PED275

Foundations of Christian Education

3

PED380

Contemporary Children’s Ministry

3

PED375

Creative Teaching

3

PED382

Christian Education Administration

3

Total Credits Required for Children’s Ministry Certificate

46-47

(above includes completion of the Certificate of Biblical Knowledge* or can be included with an Associate or Bachelor’s degree)

This certificate can also be completed in two years as part of an ABS degree (63 total credits) or in four years as part of a BS degree combined with the Christian Education program (132 total credits), Christian Ministries program (132 total credits) or the Youth & Family Ministry program (135 total credits).

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