Master of Arts in Family Ministry

If you are called to serve children, youth and families, our Master of Arts in Family Ministry is for you. Our degree will give you the tools, knowledge, and experience you need to be the most effective pastor/leader to families. Your classes will equip you to develop a biblically and theologically grounded family ministry within the local church and/or parachurch organizations. While learning from our experienced faculty, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with others who share your passion for ministering to families. This program is available in a convenient online format, allowing you to fit your studies into your already busy schedule.

The School of Divinity (graduate programs) within the Barnett College of Ministry & Theology at Southeastern University is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Since the inception of Southeastern in 1935, one of our passions has been to train students for positions of leadership within the local church.

Program Details

Total credit hours — 36

Cost per credit hour — $495
Estimated total tuition cost — $17,820
Additional fees not included.

Financial Aid

We have Financial Aid staff dedicated specifically to graduate students. These staff members can assist you with coordinating employer assistance benefits, church-matching scholarships, federal aid, private loans, and military benefits. Convenient payment plans are also available.

Sample Core Courses

  • Family Dynamics and Ministry (PMIN 5023) — An examination of the foundational concepts of family systems theory and its necessary integration in ministry. This course will also explore the developmental life cycles of individuals and families and the life cycles of singles.
  • Biblical Exposition and Faith Integration (BIBL 5223 ) —  A study of the development and expression of biblical exegesis and exposition in relation to the contemporary social, cultural, family and faith issues confronting Christians in the North American church. Selected biblical passages will be analyzed in light of their message and potential influence on important contemporary issues impacting the local church.
  • Topics in Sexuality, Marriage and Family (PMIN 5033) — This course examines the dynamics of marriage and family within a Christian context. An emphasis will be placed on issues of gender and human sexuality.
  • Crisis Intervention and Pastoral Care (PMIN 5043) — This course equips leaders to engage introductory processes of crisis intervention and pastoral care. An emphasis will be placed on ministering to families with special needs.

Shape of Practical Theology

Family Dynamics and Ministry

Biblical Exposition and Faith Integration

Homiletics: Methods of Biblical Preaching and Teaching

Spirit-Empowered Discipleship

Family Ministry Leadership

Managing Change and Conflict

Topics in Sexuality, Marriage and Family

Bridging Ministry and Culture

Crisis Intervention and Pastoral Care

Graduate Systematic Theology I

Graduate Systematic Theology II

NextGen Pastor

Children’s Pastor

Youth Pastor

Family Ministry Pastor

Director of Family Ministries

Early Childhood Pastor