Children's Ministry

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Children’s Ministry is designed to prepare individuals to fulfill their call to serve children and families in the church.

In children’s ministry leaders work with a church staff to provide a climate for the spiritual growth of children and their families. They also help make sure the message and method are consistent with the church’s mission and values.

Finding creative ways to get God’s Word into the hearts and minds of children — in a language they can understand, i.e., technology, sports, music, movement — is the challenge. Even with all the materials so readily available, the children’s minister is still the point person for research and implementation.

Possible Ministry Careers

  • Children’s Minister,
  • Director of Children’s Ministry
  • Children’s Pastor
  • Family & Children’s Minister
  • Children's Ministry Coordinator

Children's Ministry Students

  • Learn the foundations and issues of children’s ministry from professors with extensive experience
  • Study pastoral care & counseling, Christian education, child development, spiritual formation, and many other significant classes
  • Attend a children’s ministry conference
  • Serve in a local church children’s ministry under the direction of a mentor while also learning in the classroom
  • Hear directly from experts about exciting new ways to reach the youngest in God’s family

Dr. Leon Blanchette, Chair, Department of Christian Ministry

Dr. Leon Blanchette is a professor, children’s pastor, leader, speaker and author who has given his life to the service with children and their families. He has conducted extensive research and has written several book chapters and journal articles on ministry with children and families. He also serves as part-time Children’s Pastor at Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene.

School of Theology & Christian Ministry Faculty

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