How do I develop strong relationships, whether friendships, marriage or family? Should I get married or remain single? How do I deal with the changing dynamics of family and relationships through the life stages? If ever a unit was needed to clarify the confusion found in the ‘relationships’ section of the local Christian bookstore, this is it. Whether young, old, single, betrothed, married or unspecified, all are invited to come and explore the inner workings of relationships, marriage and the family, as it has unfolded throughout history and wider society. Specifically this unit aims to develop skills to strengthen your relationships and assist those you minister to in everyday life.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: MIN505
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Nigel Pegram


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Relationships

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

Unit Content


  1. Integrate appropriate communication skills and courses of action within a range of relational settings, including personal and ministry contexts;
  2. Evaluate and critique the characteristics and processes of various relationship models\
  3. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the theological and biblical foundation for family ministry.  This includes consideration of a range of Christian perspectives and understandings;
  4. Critically evaluate a range of family ministries implemented by churches and church agencies, including education, prevention and strength-enhancing programs, crisis intervention, therapy, and family advocacy;
  5. Assess the importance of healthy relationships as a criterion for church and church agency ministries, as well as assessing such ministries and programs from this perspective.

Subject Content

  1. A Theological Foundation for Family Relationships
  2. The Family as a Developing System. 
  3. Romance and Reality 
  4. Establishing a Strong Marriage 
  5. Christian Marriage 
  6. Parenting 
  7. Family Spirituality 
  8. Changing Gender Roles 
  9. Becoming an Authentic Sexual Self 
  10. Expressing love: Achieving Intimacy. Expressing anger: Negotiating Conflicts 
  11. Becoming Powerful through Empowerment 
  12. Through the Stress and Strain of Family Life: Family Transitions and Breakdown
  13. Complex Families in Contemporary Society

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive

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

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Reflection Questions (20%)
  • Critical Review (30%)
  • Case Study Analysis (50%)