Bachelor of Theology
(Children's & Family)
TRANSFORM A CHILD… TRANSFORM A FAMILY…
TRANSFORM A GENERATION
Vanguard College wants to train, equip, and develop leaders who are well grounded in their faith, who want to see kids and their families transformed by the power of the gospel, and are able to simply articulate important theological truths to children.
Our Children’s & Family Ministry (CFM) program introduces students to the foundations of these two vital ministries. Through classes and practical ministry experience, students will receive an overview of and hone their skills in both children’s and family ministry programming in a local church or para-church ministry setting.
Highlights of your time here include starting the year off hearing from God and getting to know your fellow students in a fun and relaxed atmosphere at our annual Encounter retreat in September. It continues when you are introduced to and taught by several children’s and family ministry professionals, and when you apply classroom knowledge in real ministry situations as you minister in your practicum to children all over Alberta (and sometimes beyond...). Another high point of your time here is helping plan and execute a complete spring break day camp for children in a local church.
Academically, you will gain skills and knowledge to help launch you into a career in this field through nine program-specific courses, ranging from Foundations of Children's and Family Ministry and Teaching Methods & Theories of Learning to Child Development and Children at Risk. Your leadership and volunteer management skills are honed during your three practicums and a four-month long internship. In your senior year you will plan every aspect of a week-long day camp for children in a local church, then train and lead a team of first-year students to execute your plan.
Graduates of our certificate and degree programs currently serve as children’s pastors or ministry leaders in local churches across Canada and around the world. Others serve in staff positions in daycares or out-of-school care programs. Still more have gone on to pursue further academic study. The career options are wide open for you! Where do you think God is leading you? How can we help you get there?