Master of Arts in Family Ministry (M.A.F.M.)

Purpose
The Master of Arts in Family Ministry program is designed to equip students for ministries with families in the context of a local church or para-church organization. It provides academic training and practical program application with solid biblical, theological and family social science foundations.

Goals
Upon completion of the M.A.F.M. program, students will be able to demonstrate the following:
1. Broad knowledge of family-related content of Scripture, Christian theology and relevant course work in family social science.
2. Ability to design, implement and evaluate educational and preventive programs throughout family life span.
3. Familiarity with therapeutic approaches of family life from the pastoral counseling perspective as they arise developmentally and from crisis.
4. Cultural sensitivity in family ministry settings.

Admission Requirements
1.  A bachelor or higher degree from an accredited four-year university or seminary with a GPA of 2.67 (B- or 80%) or above.
2.  Had been converted, and baptized for at least two years.
3.  A demonstration of maturity in personal and spiritual life, with two recommendations from church pastors or leaders.
4.  The ability to understand Mandarin.  (An interview will be given to assess the listening comprehension)
5.  Proof of English proficiency is required.  Minimum TOEFL score of 470 / 52 (TOEFL iBT).  (Applicants with a Bachelor or higher degree from English speaking schools are exempt from this requirement.)

Program requirement
Students are required to complete 64 units of course work.  This includes 49 units of core courses, 9 units of family ministry elective courses, and 6 units of free elective courses.

Duration and Location
The program must be completed in time frame between 2 to 5 years. Students may petition to extend for one more year.

Core Courses

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)

 

M.A.F.M.

Two-year Curriculum Schedule

First  Semester Second  Semester
1st year Hermeneutics (3) Spiritual Formation & Practicum (3)
NT Survey I (3) NT Survey II (3)
God, the Bible, and Christ (3) Bible and Family (3)
Family System Dynamics (3) Family-Based Ministries (3)
Pastoral Counseling I (2) Practical Theology Meth./ FM Elective (3)
Library Info Research Methods (1)
15 15
summer Short-term Mission (0) FM Elective (3)
Marital Education (2)
2nd year The Pentateuch (3) Poetic Books and Wisdom Literature (3)
Ecclesiology and Eschatology (2) Soteriology, Pneumatology, Sanctification (3)
Parent Ed and Guidance (2) Healing Ministry (2)
Christian Ethics (3) FM Elevtive (3)
FM Elective (2) Elective (3)
Elective (3) Family Ministry Practicum (0)
15 14

Church Life
Students are required, with the exception of the first semester, to participate in local church activities.

Transfer Students  
1. All transfer students from other accredited seminaries must have a GPA of at least 3.0 (B or
83.5%), and apply according to the Scholastic Regulations.
2. Please refer to the Transfer of Credits in the Scholastic Regulations.

Graduation Requirement
1.  Complete 64 semester units of course work with GPA of at least 2.0 (C or 75%).
2.  Attend the seminary retreat at least one time during the program.
3.  Obtain an academic clearance.
4.  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.