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This course will provide an introduction to the Children and Family Ministry Diploma Programme, reflecting on the vision and mission of the programme, and helping students to gain a biblical understanding for the imperative for ministry to children, teens and families.

This course will explore the cultural dynamics of the African context and how that enhances or inhibits healthy child growth. Students will study urbanization and globalization as key factors that facilitate culture change in Africa. Through this course the participants will look into the issue of poverty, single and child headed households, children growing up in war torn areas and children living in drug and chemical dependent households.

Students will examine the growth of children from a developmental perspective in relation especially to the spiritual growth of children and adolescents. Such an examination will help students evaluate the effectiveness of current ministry models in light of their understanding of how children grow, learn and mature in faith. "Child-friendly" church, effective teens outreach, and child evangelism will be considered.

In order to help students in their ministry to children this course explores the child in the Bible and, secondarily, in Christian thought. What does God think about children? What does the Bible say about children? What is the role and the responsibility of the family and Society in shaping Children? Explore their place and their responsibility to the family, the church and the society.

This course is designed to help students grow in spiritual disciplines which are helpful in enabling a vibrant relationship with God. Students will see how the practice of these disciplines strengthens their own marriages and family life, equipping them for vibrant ministry. 

Purpose of the Course: This course will provide students with basic understanding of African family dynamics and thereby enable them to help children nature in Christian Faith.

Expected Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, students will be able to: Analyze dynamics affecting African families today; Contrast Traditional and Urban family role relationships; Trace generatinal patterns using a genogram as a counseling tool; Reflect on the Biblical view of authority in families and the current situation in Africa; Make a plan to address issues resulting from African family cultures in a way that will help children find a clear path for their fatherless to our current situation in the church; and therefore be able to formulate a plan for a training session for Sunday school teachers on the key area to observe when dealing with children in African setting.

The purpose of this course is to equip the student to design and execute effective teaching of Biblical truth in an age-appropriate manner. Students will employ their learning of ages and stages of child development to design lessons, using a variety of methods that address all learning styles, multiple intelligences, and the needs of exceptional children.

Building on principles learned in African Family Systems (pre-requisite) students will develop their skills to deal with issues of conflict resolution, forgiveness, respect, understanding, and compassion which are necessary for the health of any family. Such skills will greatly enhance their ability to address issues such as child abuse, divorce and remarriage, and parent-child conflict.

Students will learn principles of good leadership in the church and children‘s ministry projects to be effective in their children‘s ministries. Particular emphasis will be placed on the recruiting, training, and encouragement of volunteers in the church or ministry context.

This course is designed to help students to be better informed in their choice of teaching materials in their children‘s ministries. Students will investigate what teaching materials are available locally and on-line, and evaluate these materials considering cost, cultural relevance, and biblical accuracy.

Students will be exposed to various theories of discipleship and faith development for children and teens in order to be effective in child discipleship. The significance of the family in discipleship of children, and the role of the church to equip families for this critical work will also be explored.

This course aims to share with the students the role and the significance of advocacy in their ministries to teens, especially those at risk, giving attention to issues of issues of peer pressure, drug and alcohol abuse, sexuality and commitment to purity, respect for authority and challenges for ministry. The students will reflect on the centrality of advocacy and justice in the Bible. 

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This is a course exclusively for trial purposes.