the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Family Ministry

Are you concerned by a “silo” approach to local church ministry, where children, youth, and adult ministries are separated and family-integration is not a consideration? Do you long to implement discipleship programs involving families both in the local church setting as well as discipleship practices in the home? The Doctor of Ministry/Doctor of Educational Ministry in Family Ministry is designed to equip leaders to develop a biblically and theologically grounded family ministry in the local church. Students will be equipped to think theologically about Christian formation and discipleship in family perspective. Students will be trained to access biblical models of family ministry for local church practice.

32 Hour D.Min.

  • Four Foundational Seminars (16 hours)
    • Models of Student and Family Ministry
    • Christian Formation of Children and Adolescents
    • Issues in Student and Family Ministry
    • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Doctoral Writing Seminars (2 hours)
  • Contextualized Writing Seminar (8 hours)
  • Research Project (6 hours)

46 Hour D.Ed.Min.

  • Four Foundational Seminars (16 hours)

    • Models of Student and Family Ministry
    • Christian Formation of Children and Adolescents
    • Issues in Student and Family Ministry
    • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Two Educational Seminars (12 hours)
    • Applied Empirical Research
    • Foundations of Teaching
  • Doctoral Writing Seminars (2 hours)
  • Contextualized Writing Seminar (8 hours)
  • Research Project (8 hours)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding and integration of ministry into various theological disciplines.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate applied knowledge & skills pertinent to his/her vocational ministry.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use standard research tools and methods in the chosen field of study.
  4. Students will be able to research, plan, and implement a project relevant to his/her vocational ministry and to communicate the plan and its results effectively.
  5. Students will be able to contribute to the understanding and practice of ministry through the completion of a written project report suitable for inclusion in the seminary library.
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.