The Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry provides an academic qualification which can be used as an instrument for accrediting people who are engaged in ministry with children and their families. Safe practice and effective ministry with children demands practical expertise, pastoral awareness, and ethical depth. In the context of ministry with children and their families, the practical, spiritual, and pastoral disciplines are becoming increasingly important and recognised foci in the church and its associate agencies. This qualification will assist the church and associated agencies to build a cohort of professionals and enthusiasts; provide opportunities for growth in this ministry; grow expertise in the Children’s Ministry Network; improve skills and standards in the sector; and enhance community recognition for people engaged in ministry with children and their families.
Course learning outcomes
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry
1. have a broad knowledge of Biblical texts and the Christian tradition, particularly as these bear on ‘child theology,’ theologies of child, and child spirituality.
2. apply a clearly articulated vision of mission to children and their families in various ministry contexts and contemporary culture.
3. have a critical understanding of pastoral practices and theories of child development as these apply to ministry with children and their families.
4. apply the skills of theological reflection personally and contextually resulting in a coherent practice of ministry with children and their families.
5. have an understanding of ministry that recognises and values the spirituality and experiences of children.