Your Future in Family & Children’s Ministry

A Bachelor of Arts in family and children’s ministry at Charleston Southern University helps a student to worship Jesus in any calling and area of life. Whether personally or professionally, the College of Christian Studies equips students to minister and live the gospel well in both word and deed in church, parachurch and other settings by establishing a biblical, theological, philosophical and historical framework of Christian orthodox thought and practice. Students are prepared to join the church’s call to 1) make disciples of all nations in the Great Commission and 2) love God and others in the Great Commandments.

The BA in family and children’s ministry is our primary platform for equipping men and women to serve the Kingdom of God in one of the church’s largest mission fields: children and their families. In addition to a Christian studies foundation, students take courses in child development and ministry programming to learn how to best minister to children and their families. Students also will have opportunities for internships with local churches and area parachurch ministries. In addition to the required courses in family and children’s ministry, students can choose to take biblical Hebrew, biblical Greek, international missions, church planting, biblical counseling and other ministry courses.

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Family & Children's Ministry

It's a calling

If you have a passion for reaching the next generation for Christ, then family & children's ministry is the right major for you. Many opportunities exist in the Charleston area to serve in children's ministry, both volunteer and paid, while you are studying. CSU also hosts Summer Salt and Kids Salt summer camps on our campus each summer. These camps hire college students to be on their staff.

As a Family & Children’s Ministry major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Christian Discipleship
  • Hermeneutics
  • Systematic Theology I & II
  • Student Ministry Programming
  • Student Ministry in Theory and Practice

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Children’s minister
  • Family minister
  • Parachurch ministries
  • Christian preschool
  • Private Christian lower school
  • Missionary
  • Children’s nonprofit
  • Any professional religious service
Professor Dr Peter Beck giving a sermon at a pulpit in a church.

College of Christian Studies

All of our regular faculty have earned PhDs in their specialties and teach all of our students face-to-face, developing real relationships between faculty and students. Each Christian studies faculty member affirms 1) the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, 2) the Chicago Statement on Inerrancy, and 3) The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

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Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership

The facility includes classrooms and conference space, including the Drew Conference Center, which accommodates 200, and faculty offices for the College of Christian Studies and College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Named for W. Floyd and Shirley Whitfield.