Children & Family Ministry Degree

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



Course Length

16 weeks (semester)

Delivery Method

Traditional, On-Campus at Lancaster, PA

Why Study Children & Family Ministry at LBC | Capital?

We believe that the power of the gospel can transform lives at any age. That’s why ministries designed specifically for children and their families are so vital in God’s kingdom.

If you have a heart that beats for children, a heart that’s broken for hurting families and a heart driven by a longing to serve, consider studying Children & Family Ministry at LBC. Through this program, you’ll learn what it takes to provide spiritual support, care, help and hope to families.

Through a robust curriculum that covers everything from Bible, discipleship, leadership and more, this program will help you examine your own spiritual gifts, passions and personality to best prepare you for ministry.

Where LBC Students Have Interned

  • Summer Camp Programs, JoyEl Ministries
  • Children’s Ministry Director, Local Churches
  • HandiVangelism Ministries International
  • CrossNet Ministries

Can I Transfer Credits?

Yes! Read about LBC’s transfer policy.

Other CFM Program Options

Bachelor’s + Master’s Option (4+1)
Minor – 12 credits
See more information further down this page.

Would You Like More Information?

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Children & Family Ministry Program Scope

Bachelor of Arts (BA) (122 Credits)

LBC Foundation Studies Courses 4 Credits

Bible & Theology Core Courses 30 Credits

Arts & Sciences Core Courses 31 Credits

Major Courses 45 Credits

Exploration Studies Courses 12 Credits

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and program details.

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What makes this LBC Children & Family Ministry program unique?
  • You’ll learn from long-time professionals who have served in local church as well as community and cross-cultural outreach contexts.
  • Every course has immediate, practical application and students get real, hands-on experience serving in ministry.
  • Students enjoy small class sizes that allow for one-on-one interactions with caring professors.
What are career paths with a Children & Family Ministry bachelor's degree?

The Children & Family Ministry bachelor’s degree prepares students for a wide range of technical and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:

  • Children’s Pastor or Director
  • Family Ministry Pastor or Director
  • Cross-Cultural Ministry with Children at Risk
  • Leadership in Community-Based Organizations


Children & Family Ministry Program Goals – In this program, students will…
  • Demonstrate integrity as a Christ-follower and leader.
  • Articulate a biblical and personal philosophy of ministry.
  • Evaluate and respond appropriately to the contextual needs of children and families.
  • Acquire skills for holistic discipleship ministry with children and families.
  • Cultivate skills to build and lead volunteer ministry teams.
Core Courses in the Children & Family Ministry Program

CML 102 Foundations of Ministry
CML 210 Fundamentals of Leadership
CML 324 Spiritual Formation of Ministry Leaders
CML Major Electives [3]
THE 303 Theology of Children, Youth and Families
CFM 201 Teaching Skills for Children
CFM 323 Pastoral Care of Children & Families
CFM 334 Discipleship of Children
CFM 421 Community Ministry
CFM 433 Leadership in Children & Family Ministry
CML 250 Ministry Field Experience
CFM 350 CFM Internship
CFM 450 CFM Practicum
CML 400 Cross Cultural Experience

Minoring in the CFM Program

These are the required courses for a minor in Children & Family Ministry (12 credits)

  • CFM 201 Teaching Skills for Children (3)
  • CFM 323 Pastoral Care of Children & Family (3)
  • CFM 334 Discipleship of Children (3)
  • CFM Elective* (3)

View the Academic Catalog for details.

Bachelor + Master Options in Children & Family Ministry

LBC | Capital’s unique 4+1 program provides students the opportunity to earn their undergraduate BA degree in Children & Family Ministry while also pursuing a Master of Arts either in Ministry (MAM) or Biblical Studies (MABS). A student can experience all the benefits of dynamic undergraduate student life all five years while maximize your time in college and minimize the cost of your education without sacrificing the quality of your experience. Graduate-level courses taken during undergraduate studies fulfill both undergraduate elective requirements and graduate program requirements.  In the 4+1 program, students are dual-enrolled in LBC and Capital Seminary & Graduate School.

A student may opt for the 4+1 track at any point up through the beginning of their junior year. Before a student is formally admitted to the track, an evaluation will be conducted by their academic advisor. The evaluation considers the student’s previous academic performance, character and ability, and the recommendation of another LBC faculty member. Students that complete the 4+1 program can start their professional career sooner with the right credentials.

Meet the Faculty

Esther Zimmerman, PhD
Associate Chair for Church & Ministry Leadership, Children & Family Ministry Program Director

Looking for Ways to Finance Your Bachelor’s Degree?

LBC’s Financial Aid Office can help you navigate the process.