The Master of Arts in Family Ministry program is designed to form Christian leaders (directors, ministers, etc.) for family-based ministries (e.g., children, youth, family ministry) in the context of a local church or para-church organization. It provides training with solid biblical, theological, spiritual, and family social science foundations.
Upon completion of the M.A.F.M. program, students will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Foundational knowledge and understanding of both the content of Scripture and Christian theology; broad knowledge of relevant course work in family social science.
- Growth in self-awareness, personal spiritual vitality and maturity, character, interpersonal relationships, and ministerial gifts.
- Ability to design, implement and evaluate educational and preventive programs throughout the family life span.
- Familiarity with therapeutic approaches, from the pastoral counseling perspective, of family life as they arise developmentally and from a crisis.
- Cultural sensitivity in family ministry settings.
- A bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited four-year university or seminary with a GPA of 2.67 (B- or 80%) or above.
- Converted and baptized for at least two years.
- A demonstration of personal and spiritual maturity, with two recommendations from church pastors or leaders.
- The ability to understand Mandarin. (An interview will be given to assess listening comprehension.)
- Proof of English proficiency is required. A minimum TOEFL score of 470 / 52 (TOEFL iBT) is required. (Applicants with a bachelor’s or higher degree from English-speaking schools are exempt from this requirement.)
Students are required to complete 60 units of coursework. This includes 46 units of core courses, 8 units of family ministry elective courses, and 6 units of free elective courses.
Duration and Location
The program must be completed between 2 to 7 years. Students may petition for an extension on a case-by-case basis.
1. Biblical Studies (15 units)
2. Theological & History Studies (12 units)
3. Practical Theology (5 units)
4. Family Ministry Core Course (15 units)
5. Field Education(0 units)
FES521 Short-term Mission (0)
6. Family Ministry Elective (11 units)
Two-year Curriculum Schedule
|First Semester||Second Semester|
|1st year||Hermeneutics||(3)||Spiritual Formation & Practicum||(3)|
|NT Survey I||(3)||NT Survey II||(3)|
|Family System Dynamics||(2)||Theology Overview||(3)|
|Pastoral Counseling I||(2)||Bible and Family||(3)|
|Library Info Research Methods||(1)||Family-Based Ministries||(3)|
|Summer||Short-term Mission||(0)||FM Elective||(3)|
|2nd year||The Pentateuch||(3)||Poetic Books and Wisdom Literature||(3)|
|Ecclesiology||(2)||Pneumatology, Sanctification and Discipleship||(3)|
|Parent Ed and Guidance||(2)||Healing Ministry||(2)|
|Christian Ethics||(3)||Pastoral Counseling II||(2)|
|Elective||(3)||Family Ministry Practicum||(0)|
Students are required, with the exception of the first semester, to participate in local church activities.
- All transfer students from other accredited seminaries must have a GPA of at least 3.0 (B or 83.5%), and complete an application in accordance with the Scholastic Regulations.
- For all other transfer situations, please refer to “Transfer of Credits” in the Scholastic Regulations.
- Complete 60 semester units of coursework with GPA of at least 2.0 (C or 75%).
- Attend the seminary retreat at least once during the program.
- Obtain academic clearance.
- Students who have 3 or less credit units left to complete the degree program may still attend the commencement. Such students must show proof of registration for the remaining units in the following summer term.