Skip to content
Children and Family Ministry
College of Arts & Sciences
CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRY is a major that lays the foundation of Christian life and witness for future generations.
school of business Contact
College of Arts & Sciences
admissions contact
Office of Admissions
about the program
The Children & Family Ministry program is an interdisciplinary program between our Ministry and Education Departments. You’ll learn the common bonds these two important callings share as they relate to children’s education in both the Christian and public arenas.

With the addition of two classes, this program meets all requirements to become ordained in the Church of the Nazarene and prepares you for ordination in many other denominations as well. This major also enhances opportunities for substitute teacher and para positions in public schools as well as work in Christian K-6 schools.


There are many scholarship opportunities for Children & Family Ministry majors. Ministry students have the potential of receiving roughly $20,000 in financial assistance over four years, significantly minimizing debt and easing the transition into ministry.

  • all freshmen receive $1250 their first semester and another $1250 scholarship once they pass the Introduction to Ministry course
  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can apply for the Ministry Student Internship Program ($4500-$7500/year)
  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can apply for the General Ministry Scholarships ($500-$3000/year)
Potential Careers
  • Children's Pastor
  • Director of Children and Family Ministry
  • Family Pastoral Counselor
Sample Schedule
Career Earnings

All career earnings data displayed on this page was gathered from Glassdoor, a worldwide leader on insights about jobs and companies. This information is intended to provide a reference only. MidAmerica Nazarene University can not guarantee, nor are they responsible for, data accuracy as it is being collected from a third party.

average annual
career average
Children's Pastor
Director of Children and Family Ministry
Family Pastoral Counselor

Related Majors

Digital Communication Minor
Communication Minor
Liberal Arts / General Business
Speech/ Theatre Education
Physical Education
Music Education
Middle-Level Mathematics Education
Mathematics Education
History/ Government and Social Studies Education

Wired Wednesday

Developed specifically for Traditional Undergraduate Students, MNU launched a new schedule in 2020. Semester-long courses are now held on Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday for 75 minutes each.

Business Administration continues to be a highly sought out degree by students and employers alike. It provides an excellent and thorough foundation in skills necessary for success in today’s business world. These degrees will also prepare students for graduate study in management, law or other business specialties.
Yorton Clark
Dean, School of Professional and Graduate Studies Chair, Professional and Graduate Studies in Business Professor
Graduates of the Christian Ministry and Formation department fulfill varied positions in pursuit of building the Kingdom of God. At MNU, professors are mentors, advisors, and colleagues helping students seek and confirm the call to serve.

success stories

As an MNU student, you’ll encounter not only academic growth and career preparation but you’ll also transform through spiritual growth and time spent in service and mission. We think that’s a
recipe for success in today’s global world.