Children and Family Ministry

CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRY is a calling that lays the foundations of Christian life and witness for future generations.

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.

Our Children & Family Ministry degree is coordinated by one of the leading national leaders in Children Ministry; the training received here is second to none!


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 a $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)

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.

Your Future


Touching every aspect of children and family ministry, you could become a:

  • Children’s Pastor
  • Director of Children and Family Ministries
  • Family Pastoral Counselor


  • Local churches in the Kansas City area, the MNU region, and beyond
  • Global Ministries Center for the Church of the Nazarene
  • Christian Liberal Arts Universities
  • Nazarene Publishing House
  • Global Mission Education Centers
  • Nonprofit Agencies

Our People are the Difference

Our ministry professors are professionals and scholars with a mission to prepare you for purposeful, passionate, and innovative ministry for the kingdom of God around the world. We will equip you to nurture faithful discipleship and provide ways to cultivate the knowledge, attitudes, and skills for ministry and leadership from the Wesleyan holiness perspective.

You Can Succeed Here

Pioneer alumni are working in industries and cities around the world. During their time at MNU, they developed the skills and knowledge to succeed. Transformed by Christ to serve others – that’s real success.