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Denise Muir Kjesbo

Job Titles

  • Lead Faculty, Professor Emeritus
    Children's & Family Ministry (M.A.) , Bethel Seminary
  • Professor Emeritus
    Doctor of Ministry, Bethel Seminary
  • Director of the Cory Center for Children's Ministry
    Bethel University

Highlight

Children's and Family Ministry - I am committed to equipping leaders to serve in ministries with children and youth as the crucial mission field of our time - both in the States and around the world. I am passionate about partnering with parents in the spiritual formation of their children and releasing the church as family for all.

Started at Bethel

2000

Education

  • Bethel University - B.A. in Psychology, 1979
  • North American Baptist Seminary - M.Div. with a focus on Family Ministry, 1983
  • Trinity Evangelical University - Ph.D. in Education - Dissertation Topic: Role Models for Women in Vocational Christian Ministry, 1995

Biography

I was raised in Southwest Minnesota, the third daughter in a family that told me I was loved no matter what and I could be anything God called me to be. My call to ministry as a woman in ministry unfolded through several years until I could finally hear and answer God's call in my life to serve the church and equip leaders through seminary education. I am married to my best friend and ministry partner, Allen, and we serve together in church leadership at "The Point is to Serve," an externally focused church with an emphasis on service (founded in 2007) in Sioux Falls, SD. Our family includes two adult children, Jordan and Emily, their spouses, Faith and Ryan and four grandchildren, Keke, Keivon, Hazel and Henry. Our family is the greatest joy in my life!

I am committed to serving in both the seminary context and the local church. I invest weekly in Children's and Family Ministry as the Discipleship Pastor at "The Point is to Serve". I believe being on staff in a church infuses my teaching with relevancy and being a professor infuses my church ministry with a national and global perspective. I have been a presenter in children's and family ministry conferences throughout the United States and teach in a nonaccredited Advanced Certificate in Children's Ministry in partnership with International Network of Children's Ministries.

I have served globally through conferences and theological institutions in 13 countries: Thailand, Malaysia, India, Lebanon, Ecuador, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Belize, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico the United Kingdom. My global travels have informed and strengthened my teaching at Bethel Seminary and given me a bigger view of God's work in the Kingdom. I have learned much from my global brothers and sisters. Bethel Seminary in partnership with Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary is offering the first fully online, accredited Master of Arts in Holistic Child Development.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Children’s and Family Ministry

Ministry with Families Across the Life Cycle

The Teaching Learning Process

Global and Missional Children's and Family Ministry

Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation

Mentored Leadership in Children's and Family Ministry

Leadership in Children's and Family Ministry

Senior Integrative Seminar - Children's and Family Ministry

Women and Men in Ministry

D.Min. - Family Ministry

Awards

Faculty Excellence Award - Bethel Seminary 2016

Top 20 Influencers in Children's Ministry - Children's Ministry Magazine, Group Publishing

Faculty Excellence Award - Bethel Seminary 2003

Publications

Book:

Grenz, Stanley, and Denise Muir Kjesbo. 1995. Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press.

Articles:

“The Time Has Come!” Heart and Mind (Fall/Winter 2002), pp. 4-8.

"Children of Divorce," Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2001.

"Deaconess," Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2001.

"Feminism," Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2001.

"Gender Roles," Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2001.

"Inclusive Language," Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2001.

"Interactive," Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2001.

"Self-disclosure," Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2001.

"Small Groups & Children," Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2001.

"What Schools Are Teaching Our Kids," Group 5/6 (1998) 40-41, 66.

"Role Models for Women in Vocational Ministry," Koinonia Annual 5 (1998).

"How to Know if Your Kids are Growing," Group 9/10 (1996) 22-24.

"Developing the `Head, Heart and Hands' for Ministry: Theological Education of Christian Educators for the 21st Century," Koinonia Annual 3 (1996).

"New and Noteworthy: Christian Education and Litigation," Koinonia Annual 3 (1996).

"What You Can Learn From School Reform," Children's Ministry, September/October, 1995.

"Women in Youth Ministry: The Path To Respect," Group. September 1994.

"Why Me?" Christmas Questions: Devotional Thoughts for this Season of Advent. North American Baptist Seminary, Christmas 1994.

One of three people interviewed for following article: "What the Senior Class of 2007 Needs from You," Children's Ministry. November/December 1994.

"The Excited Face of Mary Magdalene," The Faces of Easter: Easter 1993. Published by N.A.B.S.

"The Hope of the Church," Impact, Fall, 1992, p. 3.

"When the Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary," Christ the Suffering Servant: Easter 1992. Published by N.A.B.S.

"The Upper Room," The Places of Easter: Easter 1991. Published by N.A.B.S.

"Partnership Between Church and Home," Impact, Spring 1990.

"What Makes Worship Meaningful?" Baptist Herald, November, 1989, pp. 5-6.

"A Season of Surprises," Advent: Welcome to a Season of Advent, December 1988. Published by N.A.B.S.

"The Cry of the Blessing," Baptist Herald, January/February, 1988, pp. 12, 28.

Presentations

Children's Pastor's Conference - International Network of Childrean's Ministries 2001 - prsent

Childrean's Ministry Network Presenter for Cook Communications, Midwest 1998-2013

Northwest Ministry Conference, Seattle, Washington 2008-2010

Now2 Children's Ministry Conference sponsored by Group Publications, National 2009

Spark Chidlren's Ministry Conference, Elmbrook Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2008

Chidlren's Ministry Workshop Tours sponsored by Group Publishing, National 1995-2008

Familiy Ministry Workshop Tours sponsored by Group Publishing, National 1998-1999

National Youth and Children's Ministry Convention, Chicago, Illinois 1995, 1998

Certificates and Licenses

Ordination - American Baptist Churches USA - 1995

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Board of Directors - Restoration Generation 2010-2016

Board Member - International Network of Children's Ministries 2011-2015

Christians for Biblical Equality

Teaching specialty

Children's and Family Ministry - I am committed to equipping leaders to serve in ministries with children and youth as the crucial mission field of our time - both in the States and around the world. I am passionate about partnering with parents in the spiritual formation of their children and releasing the church as family for all.