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Children’s Ministry

About the Children’s Ministry Program

The children’s ministry program within the Department of Theology is designed to introduce the student to the expanding area of ministry to children and their families, particularly in the church; provide significant preparation for vocational ministry with regard to children and their families; and assist the student to evaluate options for further ministry education. Students in the major and minor are expected to model a lifestyle becoming of a minister of Jesus Christ in covenant with the SAU program. Admission to the major/minor commits the student to a yearly renewal of this covenant through recommendations and review of the student’s campus life, academic performance and ministry activity.

Why should you choose SAU’s children’s ministry program?

The integration of academic and experiential learning is central to the children’s ministry program. Selected courses from other disciplines are included in the discipline. The student is required to explore vocation in ministry (through class and service experience) as well as participate in ongoing ministry to children during their time as a student.

All ministry programs in the Department of Theology offer a creative blend of solid academics, practical ministry training and application. All department programs include a central theological curriculum, which provides foundation for all forms of Christian ministry. This curriculum includes courses in the four areas that make up what is commonly known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Scripture, tradition, reason and experience.

Courses, Course Descriptions & Four-Year Plan

The courses for the 53-hour children’s ministry major include such subject areas as ministry to children and their families, counseling in ministry, church leadership, early child growth and development, philosophy of ministry, exploring ministry, communication in ministry, biblical interpretation, history of Christianity, Christian ethics. The department also offers a Children’s Ministry minor.

View the course requirements and layout, course descriptions, a sample four-year plan, as well as learn more about the children’s ministry program at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate catalog.

Career Opportunities

The children’s ministry major is a program to prepare students who anticipate beginning a career in an area of children’s ministry immediately after college graduation or after further education. Such opportunities for ministry are most prevalent in local churches, but other possibilities exist with, for instance, para-church organizations and Christian social agencies. Visit our career development section.

On-Campus Opportunities

Spring Arbor University offers a wide range of activities and opportunities for students to get involved and apply what they’re learning in the classroom to real-world contexts. Here are some opportunities that may interest theology students:

  • Interfaith Shelter Ministries: Interfaith Shelter is a homeless shelter located in downtown Jackson. Spring Arbor students spend one day a week serving food and visiting with the people of the shelter. They also lead small group fellowships and organize an annual food and clothing drive. For information about volunteering at Interfaith Shelter, please call 517.789.8735.
  • Small Groups: Students have many opportunities to join a small group, whether it’s the Student Development and Learning small group program, a residence hall Bible study group, a prayer group, or accountability partners. Whatever your need, Spring Arbor will be able to fill it.
  • Spiritual Life Retreat: Although students always look forward to activities like the traditional four-square tournament and the Frisbee golf competition, the real reason for the Spiritual Life Retreat is spiritual development and genuine life change. More than 150 students steal away for a weekend of games, good food and a gratifying, spiritual jump start to the school year. Students literally sleep outside the student development office to reserve a space for this wildly popular event.
  • Spring Break Mission trips: During Spring Break, a handful of mission teams gear up and hit the road to minister to and serve people around the country and abroad. For information, contact Cecilia Said at