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Department of Christian Ministries
Children and Family Ministry Minor
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Department of Christian Ministries

Children and Family Ministry Minor


  • Minor
  • Undergraduate

18 credits

required for minor

18 credits

18 credits

required for minor

Invest your life in preparing the next generation of children and their families to follow Christ and make an impact in their local communities.

Our Children’s ministry minor can be added to a variety of ministry majors or to any number of other majors at Northwestern. Our vision is to equip those who have a special calling to work with children and families with the practical skills that they need to understand how children develop spiritually. We are committed to raising up graduates who can provide leadership in nonprofits and the local church so children and their families can receive the training and support they need to be healthy spaces for spiritual growth to occur. Christian Service credits and Ministry Internships can also be completed as a part of this minor.

What will you learn?

You will learn practical strategies for teaching and leading children and their families during their unique stage of personal and spiritual development.

Some classes include:

  • Teaching Methods in Ministry
  • Practice of Children & Family Ministry
  • Family Studies
  • Child Development
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My heart is set on being a youth minister and changing the lives of the youth in America today. Currently, I'm serving as a youth director at a small Chinese church. It's been great being able to understand where they're coming from and how to develop them in their faith.
George Xiong

Meet your professors


Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.


Meet the entire department

Susan Payne, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Christian Ministries

Dr. Payne has been involved with children's ministry for over 25 years. She earned her Ph.D. from Biola...

Katie Friesen Smith
Adjunct Instructor
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Nazareth Hall, N4141
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113

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