Children’s Ministry

This unit introduces the field of children’s ministry. It provides a theoretical and practical framework for ministry among children in the church and a variety of community settings including child care, educational settings, community service agencies, and programs. It covers the biblical and theological perspectives on Christian ministry with children, historical perspectives on Christian ministry with children, a study of the learning characteristics and overall development of children, the role of children‘s ministry in relationship to families and Churches, discipling children at appropriate faith stages, Mission with children in congregational and community settings, behaviour management and discipline, and duty of care and legal issues for working with children.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Outline the basic concepts of children’s ministry as a missional activity of the local church
  2. Identify the basic features of the learning characteristics, overall development and appropriate stages of faith of children.
  3. Nurture, manage and ensure safety in children’s ministry in congregational and community settings using contemporary resources and techniques.
  4. Select children’s ministry resources and techniques that are appropriate to stage of faith development and to particular congregational and community settings
  5. Implement children’s ministry programs where children are full participants in their faith communities and where children’s spiritual and religious formation is nurtured.
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