Educational Ministries: Children's Ministries Track

Bible & Ministry Department


Children’s Ministries is a four-year program designed to prepare graduates to productively serve children and equip families in various ministry contexts through childhood development and family based ministry.

Bachelor of Science
Time to Complete
4 Years
Program Director
Jeffrey Riley
Program Learning Outcomes

In addition to meeting the Bible & Theology outcomes the student will acquire proficiency in the following:

  1. MODEL: Consistent modeling of Gospel transformation through personal devotion, obedience and life-style reflecting Kingdom living.
  2. EQUIP: Equip students for ministry in various contexts to different demographics and culture groups.
  3. CONTEXTUALIZE: The integration of a sound understanding of Bible and Theology in ministry to effectively reach a target audience within their specific context.
  4. NURTURE: Exercising care in nurturing faith ownership and service through evangelism and discipleship by intentional relationships and informed pastoral counseling.
  5. CONSTRUCT: Creating ministry (Christian Education) opportunities, programs and activities that promote faith development and spiritual formation in others.
  6. LEAD: Influencing and empowering others through servant leadership to encourage Christ-likeness and mobilization for ministry.
Program Admission
  1. Complete the freshman year at Emmaus with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  2. Declare intent to pursue a major in Educational Ministries: Children’s Ministries Track.
  3. At the beginning of the sophomore year, apply for entrance into the Children’s Ministries program. The application procedure includes completion of a formal application and a reference form from a church leader at the student’s home church.
  4. During the fall semester of the junior year, make application for the Children’s Ministries internship program.
  5. Pay all applicable fees for this major as determined by the Business office and published in the annual statement of fees.
Program Requirements
  1. Complete a minimum of 126.5 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 60 semester credit hours must be earned at Emmaus.
  4. Complete the general graduation requirements listed in the Academic Life section of the catalog.
  5. Meet course requirements in the following areas:
Bible/Theology (39.5 credits)
  • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
  • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
  • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
  • Biblical Discipleship (BT 115)
  • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (BT 120)
  • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
  • Biblical Hermeneutics (BT 220)
  • God, Creation, and Sin (BT 221)
  • Christ, Holy Spirit, and Salvation (BT 321)
  • Church and Final Things (BT 331)
  • Theology Seminar (BT 462)
  • Biblical and Practical Theology of Transformation (BT 352)
  • Praxis of Interpretation (BT 320)
  • Servant Leader Training Seminar (CCS 115)
  • Servant Leader Training (CCS 120)
  • Chapel (CCS 110)
Intercultural Studies (3 credits)
  • Missions and Evangelism (ICS 104)
Educational Ministries( 46 credits)
  • Educational Ministries 1 (EM 106)
  • Educational Ministries Freshman Field Studies (EM 140)
  • Educational Ministries 2 (EM 206)
  • Children’s Ministry (EM 215)
  • Teaching Bible* (EM 321)
  • Teaching Bible Experiential Learning Lab (EM 324)
  • Educational Ministries Sophomore Field Studies (EM 240)
  • Small Group Ministry (EM 320)
  • Educational Ministries Junior Field Studies (EM 340)
  • Ministry Leadership (EM 350)
  • Educational Programming in Ministry (EM 410)
  • Technology in Ministry (EM 231)
  • Family Ministry (EM 330)
  • Children’s Ministries Internship (EM 494)
  • Educational Ministries Electives
General Studies (38 credits)
  • Servant Leader Training (CCS 120)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
  • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
  • English Composition (ENG 101)
  • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
  • Transitions Seminar (FND 101)
  • Senior Seminar (FND 410)
  • Western Civilization 1 or 2 (HIS 131/132) or American History 1 or 2 (HIS 235/236)
  • Christian Life and Worldview (HUM 111)
  • College Mathematics (MAT 140)
  • Apologetics (PHI 350) or Christian Evidences (PHI 267)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 111)
  • Child Development (PSY 254)
  • Introduction to Human Biology and Lab (SCI 241/242) or Introduction to Earth Science and Lab (SCI 230/231)
  • Marriage and Family Life (SOC 109)
Joining the Children’s Ministries Program at Emmaus was something that I know God called me to do. The program truly helped me understand how to teach children about God’s word at a young age, and my summer internship experience working in a church as a Children’s Ministry Coordinator gave me a hands-on opportunity to see what its like to serve children on weekly basis.
Jasmine White
Jasmine White, Emmaus Children's Ministries graduate

Program Planner

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