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Reach and support children and their families for Christ

In life, there’s nothing quite as heartwarming as a child’s smile. In ministry, there’s nothing as quite as rewarding as making a positive impact on a child’s life with the gospel.

With a Certificate in Children and Family Ministry from Moody, you can learn to communicate transformative biblical truth to children and families that will impact their lives for eternity. You’ll also gain the skills to serve them with care and compassion in any setting.

“This major has prepared me to work with children in so many different settings and equipped me incredibly well for my internship ministering to disadvantaged children. It’s also taught me so much about caring for every person, but focusing mostly on children and their spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional development.”

Alyssa B.
Student in Children and Family Ministry
Moody Class of 2023

You’ll study under distinguished professors who are experts in their field and will invest in your personal and academic growth. The program takes only a year to complete. You can start using the expertise and skills you learn in class for immediate impact in your current church or children’s ministry!

Program Plan PDF (On Campus) Program Plan PDF (Online)

See also: Associate in Children and Family Ministry Bachelor’s in Children and Family Ministry

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Your Classes

This program equips you to understand, read, and relate to children in every developmental stage, so that you can effectively share the gospel with them. You’ll become an expert in family ministry with these engaging courses:

  • Studying and Teaching the Bible
  • Applied Human Dev I (online only) OR Human Dev (Chicago campus)
  • Foundations for CFM
  • Special needs CFM
  • Teaching and Ministry Skills for CFM
  • Issues and Counseling for Youth
  • Parenting and Family Programming (online only)

Your Career Opportunities

Choose to study in person at our downtown Chicago campus or online on your schedule from wherever you are! Also, the valuable insight and practical skills you’ll gain will allow you to serve in:

  • Churches
  • Ministries with inner-city kids
  • Orphanages
  • Counseling centers
  • Daycare facilities
  • Christian camps
  • Nonprofit ministries
  • So much more!
“If you are wanting to work with children and families in any way whether in a church ministry, orphan ministry, international ministry, camp ministry, refugee ministry, or whatever else, this is the degree for you! It is so customizable and will give you practical, sustainable skills that equip you to do whatever the Lord has called you to.”

Anna Brown
2014 BA in Children and Family Ministry
Sunday School Director
Cedar Heights Baptist Church
Cedar Falls, Iowa

We understand the challenges of a college search, and choosing the right school and the right program can be overwhelming. But we believe that a Certificate in Children and Family Ministry will prepare you like no other program for engaging with families with children.

Financial Aid

A Moody education is easier than ever to afford at $399 per credit hour (price subject to change per academic year). Scholarships, payment plans, veterans benefits, and private loans help you even more by defraying the cost of tuition and spreading out your financial obligations over time.

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