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.