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Children's Ministry

Program Overview

Program Overview

Grow your passion for the spiritual formation of children with a degree in children's ministry.  Our respected, experienced faculty will guide you in your understanding of intergenerational ministry and spiritual development. Take Greek or Hebrew and deepen your understanding of the Scriptures. Or choose another language that will aid you as you work with children in diverse settings. 

With help from leaders in children’s ministry, you'll strengthen your ministry skills with a biblical and theological foundation. Your competency in curriculum evaluation will evolve; your confidence will also rise as you go deeper in your research and studies. When you graduate, you'll be ready to serve as a spiritual leader to the young. With this expertise, you'll be able to choose where you want to serve children next.



Specific courses required:

  • BI 2283 - Explorations in Ministry
  • BI 2713 - The Story of Global Christianity OR BI 3763 - The Story of the Restoration Movement in America
  • BI 3203 - God, Creation, and New Creation
  • BI 3273 - Children's Ministry
  • BI 3513 - Introduction to Children's, Youth, and Family Ministry
  • BI 3533 - Educating Children and Adolescents in the Church
  • BI 3543 - Family Ministry
  • BI 3813 - A Theology of the Church
  • BI 3823 - Spiritual Formation for Ministry *
  • BI 4503 - Old Testament Interpretation
  • BI 4513 - New Testament Interpretation
  • BI 4973 - Senior Seminar
  • BI 479V - Internship in Ministry
  • FS 3153 - Nurturing Spiritual Development in Children

Choose one of three:

  • FS 3433 - Family Interaction
  • FS 3503 - Family Problems
  • FS 2503 - Families and Spirituality

The following courses are recommended to fulfill the general education language requirement but another foreign language may be substituted subject to approval of the department chair:

  • either  GR 1515 - Introduction to Greek I and
  • GR 1525 - Introduction to Greek II


  • HB 1515 - Introduction to Hebrew I and
  • HB 1525 - Introduction to Hebrew II

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Nashville, TN

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville, Tennessee an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

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    Holly Allen

    Adjunct Faculty

    Holly Catterton Allen is Professor of Family Science and Christian Ministry where she holds a joint appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Bible...

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    Steve Bonner

    Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Bible

    Steven Bonner serves as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Bible and Professor of Christian ministry. He attended Lipscomb University where he received his B.A., M.A., and M.Div. He then received...

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    Walter Surdacki


    Walter teaches various Youth Ministry and practical ministry courses. He completed his undergrad studies at the Institute for Christian Studies (B.A., 1990), and graduate studies at Pepperdine University (M.S....

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    Phillip Camp


    Phillip Camp teaches Old Testament and Hebrew courses. He is the author of "Finding Your Way: A Guide to Seminary Life and Beyond" (Cascade, 2009) and "Living as the Community...

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    Mike Williams


    Mike graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in 1986. He graduated from Abilene Christian University with a M. Div. in 1991. He holds the doctorate in...

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    Earl Lavender


      Earl was born to missionary parents in Trieste, Italy. He earned undergraduate degrees from Ohio Valley College and David Lipscomb College (Physical Education and Coaching).  He is married to the...

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Career Paths

Preschool and Childcare Center Directors

Preschool and childcare center directors supervise and lead their staffs, design program plans, oversee daily activities, and prepare budgets. They are responsible for all aspects of their center’s program.

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers instruct young students in basic subjects, such as math and reading, in order to prepare them for future schooling.

Preschool Teachers

Preschool teachers educate and care for children younger than age 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten. They teach language, motor, and social skills to young children.