Formational Children & Family Ministry Concentration

Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM)

Investing in Families for the Kingdom

Why Study Formational Children & Family Ministry at Capital Seminary & Graduate School?

Nurturing Hearts and Minds for Christ

If your passion is providing Christ-centered care to children and families, this is the program for you.

In the formational children and family ministry program, you’ll study the God’s vision for families, become equipped with the tools you need to address issues facing modern-day families and share in opportunities to be involved to be involved in God’s mission of reconciliation.

What Makes our Program Different?

The program is delivered in a blended and accelerated model that allows life-engaged adult learners to complete an advanced degree without uprooting life at home and work. Students participate in a learning community that blends online education with in-class residencies. A typical course is 8 weeks.

Concentrations Offered:

Your Journey

Program Credits: 48

Locations: Lancaster, Online (Jan 2022),

Average Completion Time: 1 -2 years

Cost Per Credit: $535

Capstone Option: Two Mentored Field-Based Experiences or a Ministry Research Project

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“… From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise.” – Matthew 21:16a

In This Program Students Will…

  • Gain a foundational knowledge of the narrative, content, and interpretation of the Bible for the purposes of the development of a biblical worldview.
  • Obtain the skill sets necessary in effectively communicating the Scriptures.
  • Obtain the skills necessary in the process of personal spiritual formation and discipleship of others.
  • Obtain the character and competencies necessary to be an authentic servant leader.
  • Gain a biblical philosophy of ministry and leadership practice applicable in the context of contemporary culture.
  • Obtain the knowledge and skill sets necessary to lead individuals, teams, and organizations.
  • Obtain the skill sets necessary for assessing organizational health and strategizing for organizational development.
  • Gain the knowledge and skill sets appropriate to the selected ministry concentration.
  • Gain experiential learning and research skills for maintaining life-long education.


MAM in Formational Children & Family Ministry(48 Credits)
Biblical and Theological Studies:12 Credits
Ministry Praxis:9 Credits
Advanced Ministry Praxis:21 Credits
Field-Based Experience:6 Credits

View the CATALOG for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions, and further detail about this program.

Hear from a Student: MA in Ministry

Doug Logan.

“I chose Capital because it was accessible, affordable, practical and theologically solid. It was a balanced, comprehensive program that fit my life. I was also learning things that I was able to apply immediately. I came out of the class on The Life & Work of the Leader and taught it to my elders within a week!”

– Doug Logan (’16) Pastor & Author of “On the Block”

Meet the Faculty


Esther Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Interim Chair, Church & Ministry Leadership | Children & Family Ministry Program Director

“My heart is that there would be many more leaders who share God’s heart for children and are equipped to reach and disciple them wherever they are found.” — Dr. Zimmerman

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