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M.A. in Children's and Family Ministry

Children’s and Family Ministry is about more than making faith fun. It’s about making faith last a lifetime.

Our M.A. in Children’s and Family Ministry prepares you to take your ministry to the next level. We know this ministry is a big job, so we’ll help light the fire within by developing the head, heart, and hands of leaders like you. You’ll build a solid biblical foundation for successful ministry where you are—or wherever God calls you in the future.

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M.A. in Children's and Family Ministry

This program will allow you to better serve children and families in your church and community. You’ll gain practical knowledge you can immediately apply to your ministry while making connections with other ministry leaders that will last a lifetime.

Delivery Online
Location Online
Credits 36
Tuition per Credit $508
Estimated Total Tuition $18,288*

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Preparing the future of the church

The M.A. in Children’s and Family Ministry will help you analyze the cultural trends affecting youth, parents, and the church while recognizing the uniqueness of each child and family. Thanks to the practical knowledge you’ll gain, you won’t be surprised by the challenges you face in ministry. Plus, you’ll develop relationships with other ministry leaders for a lifetime of support.

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denominations represented at Bethel Seminary

On average, 15-20 hours per week are committed to online programs.

Program Highlights

Accessible and transformational

Bethel Seminary was the first accredited distance-learning degree program for children's and family ministry—and we’ve been offering it since 2000. We've recently made our program even more "doable" for ministers like you serving children, youth, and family, while retaining a robust and transformational education. In just 2.5 years, you'll be ready to lead in ministry in your church, community, and the world!

Peer support

You’ll move through your degree program with your cohort—peers who, like you, are actively involved in ministry, sharing your passion to serve children, youth, and families. You'll become each other's champions, confidants, and co-teachers as you share the journey together.

Practical application

The focus of the children’s and family ministry courses is to allow you to use your current ministry context to make immediate application of your learning. Your church or ministry setting becomes the location for application of learning.

Spiritual formation

Grow in your capacity to be whole and holy through integrative learning from our three-center philosophy of education: biblical and theological studies, personal and spiritual formation, and leadership development.

Alumni network

When you graduate, you’ll become part of a growing network of alums from Bethel’s children’s and family ministry programs to gain support and friendship throughout your career.

Expert faculty

You'll interact face to face with recognized leaders in the field of children's and family ministry—like Denise Muir Kjesbo, lead faculty for the program, who was chosen one of the "Top 20 Influencers in Children's and Family Ministry" by Group Publishing.

Cross-cultural and cross-denominational

Students in our program represent more than 25 denominations, 35 states, and 10 international ministry contexts.


The M.A. in Children’s and Family Ministry will prepare you to strengthen your ministry to children and families through a strong biblical foundation, practical course material, and personal reflection.


Learn how to:

  • Cultivate a philosophy of ministry to children and families so you can meet real needs with biblical solutions
  • Be a successful member of any ministry team through developing your leadership skills
  • Lead children’s and family ministry in your church, your community, and the global arena by gaining intercultural competence
  • Take practical courses with concepts and strategies you can apply to your current ministry context


Our students leave the program prepared for a number of roles including:

  • Children’s pastor
  • Family pastor
  • Youth pastor
  • Urban and international children’s and family pastor
  • Leader of camping ministries