Bachelor of Arts

Christian Ministry: Family Studies

The Family Studies concentration is the perfect choice for students preparing for family ministry in a church setting, or who simply want to prepare to run a ministry and engage with people in any ministry context. 

Study families from biblical, sociological, and practical vantage points. Put your learning into practice in various ministries both on and off campus, and get connected through a variety of internships.

Learn the perspectives and skills needed for effective ministry with families. Apply now to begin your BA in Christian Ministry: Family Studies.

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Discover your passions

Versatility is an asset for careers in ministry. Study in several concentrations while specializing in two, getting both a broad understanding of ministry and a deep knowledge of the work you’re called to.

Learn together

Christian Ministry students get to learn from faculty with years of ministry experience. Small class sizes mean opportunities for close contact with professors and discussion with peers from diverse concentrations and denominations.

Inform your ministry

Learn from a variety of disciplines as you prepare for ministry. Take courses in the social sciences, and sociology in particular, for a broader understanding of family and its role in our culture.

Nick Csillag

The Christian Ministry family concentration gave me the opportunity to learn about the history and the relationships that bring a family together, while also learning to work in and around these things.

  • Overview
  • Requirements

This program provides a strong liberal arts foundation, biblical and theological grounding, and the skills necessary for success in ministry settings and the marketplace. This program is specifically designed to equip students for effective service and leadership in professional or lay settings by allowing them to tailor their program to include courses in several concentrations of study:  Adolescent Studies, Camp Ministry, Childhood Studies, Family Studies, Mission Studies, Pastoral Studies, and Worship Arts. Additionally, the program provides a firm foundation for further study at the graduate level. This program ultimately seeks the transformation of students for effective ministry to the church and world through quality classroom instruction along with experiential education in a broadly defined academic and ministry training program.

Past graduates entered many types of careers including pastoral and associate pastoral ministry (youth, children, women, family, etc.), lay and ministry-related teaching, missions, camp leadership, church administration, and various other ministry and lay positions.

Outcomes

Graduates of the BA Christian Ministry will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in a breadth of ministry skills.
  • Articulate a culturally sensitive theology of the mission of the church and their place within it.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to teach or preach effectively.

The BA Christian Ministry requires 45 credit hours of Christian Ministry and Christian Ministry-related course work (including 24 credit hours at the 300+ level). There are two layers of requirements in this program. First, students must complete the 18 credit hour ministry core requirements. Second, students must choose both a primary (18 credit hours) and secondary concentration (9 credit hours) from two of the following options: Adolescent Studies, Camp Ministry, Childhood Studies, Family Studies, Media Arts, Mission Studies, Pastoral Studies, Sport Studies, and Worship Arts. Like most Briercrest programs, the BA Christian Ministry requires 39 credit hours of 300+ course work within the context of a 120 credit hour degree.

Credit Hours: 120

I. Ministry Core Requirements (18 credit hours)

CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry
CM 105 Perspectives in Mission
CM 439 Christian Ministry Internship
CM 461 Issues in Ministry Leadership
PAST 438 Practical Theology
One of:
COMM 104 Public Speaking
COMM/PAST 355 Homiletics

II. Ministry Concentration Requirements:

Primary Concentration in Family Studies: 18 credit hours including at least 12 credit hours from 300+ level.

Required Course:
FMST/SOC 317 Sociology of the Family

Electives to be selected from:
Any Family Studies course
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration
CM 121 Foundations of Children's Ministry
EDUC 200 Introduction to Education
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies
PAST 438 Pastoral Theology II
PAST 455 Pastoral Counselling
PSY 351 Psychology of Counselling
PSY 381 Psychology of Human Development: Children
PSY 382 Psychology of Human Development: Adolescents
PSY 441 Contemporary Counselling Issues
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology II
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Tradition
YM 100 Foundations of Youth Ministry
YM 220 Camp and Youth Ministry

Secondary Concentration: 9 credit hours including at least 3 credit hours from 300+ level from one of the other ministry options.

Note: For students pursuing a minor, courses from either their Core or from free electives may be used, but not courses from ministry concentrations

III. Free Electives (to bring credit hour total to 120 credit hours)

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning

In addition, all Bachelor of Arts degrees require the completion of Briercrest's core curriculum.

Faculty

Blayne Banting
Blayne Banting DMin, PhD
Associate Professor of Preaching and Christian Ministry
Ken  Moser
Ken  Moser MA
Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry
Michael Pawelke
Michael Pawelke DMin
Professor of Leadership and Pastoral Studies
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Your Future

 
Possible Careers
  • Camp leadership
  • Chaplain
  • Pastor
  • Youth worker

Career Centre

Potential Graduate Programs
  • Master of Youth Ministry at Briercrest Seminary
  • Master of Christian Ministry at Briercrest Seminary
  • Master of Divinity at Briercrest Seminary
  • MA Theological Studies at Briercrest Seminary

Briercrest Seminary

My classes bring out things in my own life—they're very applicable and they mesh well, always reminding me why I'm here.
Brette Elias