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Master of Arts: Family Ministry
Leon Blanchette, Ed.D., Coordinator
This program provides a broad and powerful education for specialized ministry in the local church, the Master of Arts: Family Ministry focuses on ministry to the entire family in today’s culture in a local church context. It integrates theory and praxis, reflection and life. A two-year program, the first year provides a traditional classroom-based education. During the second year, the student engages in a mentored ministry in a full-time capacity, coming back to Olivet for several one-week intensive courses, called modules. The mentor is a seasoned professional.
The M.A. in Family Ministry draws strength from leading experts in the fields of children, youth, and family ministry who come to campus for face-to-face teaching, encounters, networking, and learning with our students. The combination of these experts with our own experienced residential faculty, who total over 60 years of highly successful experience in children and youth ministry, makes Olivet’s Master of Arts in Family Ministry a powerful educational experience that will launch the student into a satisfying career of service for our Lord to the families of the 21st century.
BLIT 632 – Cultural/Historical Influences and Biblical Interpretation
CHED 631 – Ministry to the Family
634 – Dynamics of Children's Ministry
PSYC 601 – Human Growth and Development
640 – Marriage and Family Relations
THEO 607 – Theology of Ministry
693 – Contemporary Issues in Theology
YMIN 630 – Developmental Theories and Adolescents
691 – Integrated Seminar/Project
CHED and/or CMIN electives (12 hours)
THEO elective (3 hours)
A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation from the program, no course counting toward graduation may carry a grade of less than a B-.
Core Values Motivating the M.A. in Family Ministry
More than most master’s degree programs, the M.A. in Family Ministry uses a wide assortment of course formats and teaching methods: intensive modules, half-semester courses, full-semester courses, lecturing, mentoring, internships, seminars, papers, and projects. For a more detailed explanation of the various course formats, please refer to "Academic Policies: Program Formats".
While students in the M.A. program in Family Ministry take a few modular courses during their first year, they take all their courses as modules during their second year. This allows the second-year students to engage in their mentored youth ministry experience on a full-time basis and gives them the option to do that mentored experience at locations quite distant from Olivet’s campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois. The program culminates in an Integrated Seminar during August of the second year, where the students present their projects and bring all the facets of their Olivet education in Family Ministry into a coherent whole.