The Most Important Place on Earth

What is the most important place on earth?

When it comes to the faith formation of our children, teens, and emerging adults, research suggests it’s the home. Home is the place where they spend the most time and their parents are the most influential people in their lives.

If the local church wants to see our children, teens, emerging adults, and families experience radical transformation and come to love God with their heart, mind, soul, and strength and set their world on fire as they learn to love their neighbors as they love themselves, then we must find a way for ministry to reach beyond the walls of our churches and into the home.

In order to meet the spiritual needs of today’s families; Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University is pleased to announce a new degree emphasis:
Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry.

This program will focus on key issues facing children, youth, emerging adults, and families today as we empower leaders to engage the home.

Together students will explore:

  • What the twenty-first century family looks like
  • How the local church can provide effective evangelism and discipleship to our children, teens, and emerging adults
  • How the local church can partner with the home in order to encourage significant faith formation in our families
  • The impact of development, culture, media, and family systems on child, teen, and emerging adult faith formation
  • The tools leaders should possess in order to create and maintain effective ministries

Program courses include:
Family Ministry for 21st Century Families
Child and Adolescent Development
Programming and Management in Family Ministry
Transformational Communication with Children and Youth
Personal Development: Spiritual Life and Leadership
Cultural Contexts of Ministry
Bible as Christian Scripture
Introduction to Christian Theology
Global Christian History
Research Methodology and Capstone Project

In addition, students will select two electives focused specifically on children or youth ministry or select from the wide variety of electives offered through Wesley Seminary.

Wesley Seminary’s MA in Youth and Family Ministry will launch         January 2013.

For more information on how to be a part of this exciting new adventure in the exploration of youth and family ministry, contact:
Rev. Colleen Derr
Assistant Professor of Congregational Formation and Christian Ministries