CEM3113 - Children's Ministries
A study of childhood, the theological and theoretical foundations of educational ministry to children, contemporary Christian educational needs of children, and programs designed to meet those needs.
The following learning objectives will be achieved by this course:
- To review and analyze biblical references to children and use these to help develop an overall theology and philosophy of Christian Education with specific emphasis on the spiritual formation of children within the church context.
- To integrate an understanding of unique developmental characteristics of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, early elementary, and late elementary-aged children with learning theory in order to develop and implement effective, age-appropriate ministries with children.
- To demonstrate an understanding of the roles, responsibilities and skills necessary for organizational leadership of a children's ministry program within the context of the ministry teams of various sized churches.
- To develop the skills to analyze and evaluate appropriate professional and curricular resources for use in developing effective children's ministries.
- To explore current models of ministry to children, specifically within the context of the family.
- To identify and develop strategies to assess and address the educational and spiritual needs of children, parents, and volunteers in the church community.
The following competencies as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination: United States of America Edition, 2006 to meet the educational requirements for Ordination within the Church of the Nazarene will be achieved by completing this course:
- Ability to preach evangelistically and to be engaged with and equip others in personal and congregational evangelism. (CP-16)
- Ability to envision, order, anticipate, & lead in contextualized theologically grounded worship and to develop and lead appropriate services for special occasions (i.e. wedding, funeral, baptism, and Lord's Supper". (CP-21)
- Ability to explain the operational culture. (CX-4)
- Ability to identify and apply the principles of cross-cultural communications. (CX-7)
- Ability to prepare, organize and deliver a biblically sound basic scheme of teaching/learning discipleship in culturally appropriate ways, using appropriate techniques and skills. (CP-22 Deacon CE)
- Ability to develop and utilize existing ministry forms (such as Sunday school administration and oversight, teacher education, curriculum planning and assessment, small group facilitation and training, and family nurture and formation, etc.) by which individuals, families, and congregations may be formed into Chrislikeness. (CP-23 Deacon CE)
- Ability to assess and implement emerging approaches to Christian education in light of enduring theological (Bible, doctrine, philosophy) and contextual (history, psychology, sociological) perspectives. (CP-24 Deacon CE)
There are no prerequisites for this course.