Details for Children's Ministry

The Children's Ministry unit will encourage you to be like Horton. Horton who? No. Horton hears a Who. Our purpose is to protect, train and release our little people. We will be looking at the why, the what and the how for children’s ministry.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: MIN221
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Dean O'Keefe


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Children's Ministry

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This unit introduces many of the key rationales, skills, principles and considerations of children’s ministry.


  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the biblical and historical background for children’s ministry. This includes consideration of other Christian perspectives and understandings;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of children’s ministry and discuss a variety of approaches to children’s ministry;
  3. Demonstrate a variety of skills necessary for effective ministry to children;
  4. Exhibit an understanding of the importance and methods of ensuring ministry is child safe and child friendly;
  5. Demonstrate an ability to use administration, resourcing and logistics necessary to facilitate an effective children’s event.

Subject Content

  1. Biblical and historical background of children’s ministry
  2. Children’s ministry in today’s contexts
  3. Legal and ethical issues in children’s ministry
  4. Skills and creativity in children’s ministry
  5. Behaviour management
  6. Programming, administration and logistics

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 108 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Critical eflection on participation in a children's program (30%)
  • Major Essay (50%)
  • Book Review (20%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided