The Program

Earn a Diploma in Family Ministry from Familymin Academy! The Familymin Academy Diploma Program is designed to educate and empower those who minister to youth and families.

When you enroll in The Familymin Academy Diploma Program, you will enter a 12-month program that will give you the tools you need to minister to youth and families. This program is perfect for any leader in youth or family ministry!

100% Online

Familymin Academy is entirely online. You will learn from some of the most respected family ministry educators today through virtual classroom experiences, a private online community, required reading, assignments, and more.

Time Commitment

The Familymin Academy Diploma Program is a 12-month program. Each month there is one virtual classroom experience where you will learn from a member of our faculty and will interact with other students in your cohort. Each virtual classroom experience is 2 hours long.

In addition to the monthly video conferences, you will have required reading and assignments. You should plan on a total of 3-5 hours of work each week.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate and receive your Familymin Academy Diploma in Family Ministry, you must successfully complete the 12 modules (outlined below). These 12 Core Modules are required by our Deans.

Core Modules

Completion of all 12 modules are required for graduation.
  • Module
    Course Emphasis
  • Introduction to Family Ministry, Climate and Culture
    OCT 2021
    An overview of the historical development of Family Ministry, its purpose in the local church and how it both responds and is shaped by culture. This course will study the broad impact of “family” from theological and sociological perspectives.
    A Theology for Family Ministry by Drs. Michael and Michelle Anthony
    Dr. Michelle Anthony
  • Old Testament Survey
    NOV 2021
    An overview of the Old Testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events, and practical application for Christian living.
    The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament by Sandra L. Richter
    Dr. Jason Jackson
  • Spiritual Formation & Christian Education in Family Ministry
    DEC 2021
    An overview of education methodologies and historical development within the church as applied to the Bible in accurate and dynamic ways for spiritual transformation and character formation.
    Introducing Christian Education: Foundations for the 21st Century by Dr. Michael Anthony and The Divine Conspiracy by Dr. Dallas Willard
    Dr. Michelle Anthony & Dr. Michael Anthony
  • New Testament Survey
    JAN 2022
    An overview of the New Testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events; and practical application for Christian living.
    Survey of the New Testament by Paul Benware
    Dr. Craig Hill
  • Family Ministry Essentials for Culture Change in the Local Church
    FEB 2022
    Explore ministry essentials that will include such things as: empowering families to take the spiritual leadership in the home, teaching Scripture as the ultimate authority of truth, the power of worship response and understanding the role of the Holy Spirit’s power to teach and transform.
    7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change in Children’s and Student Ministries by Dr. Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman
    Megan Marshman
  • Family Care and Counseling
    MAR 2022
    With the ever increasing needs in ministry to families, students will learn how to discern and evaluate family needs using an “intake” model in order to properly refer as needed or to come alongside the root issues bringing brokenness and bondage to today’s families.
    The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home (4th edition) by Jack and Judith Balswick
    Dr. Mark Mayfield
  • Leadership Development and Volunteer Training
    APR 2022
    Overview of biblical and contemporary leadership theories applied to personal leadership development and the equipping of volunteer leaders within the local church.
    The Servant-Leadership Style of Jesus: A Biblical Strategy for Leadership Development by Dale Roach

    The One Thing You Need to Know by Marcus Buckingham.
    Dr. David Keehn
  • A Systematic Theology Based Ministry
    MAY 2022
    The Biblical doctrines of God, Christ, man, and sin, with reference to the history and development of Christian theology. Also includes a brief study of the Holy Spirit, the church and last things, with reference to the history and development of Christian theology and its modern application to today’s generations.
    Life’s Biggest Questions by Dr. Erik Thoennes (and Systematic Theology Laminated Sheet by Dr. Erik Thoennes)
    Dr. Erik Thoennes
  • Marriage Ministry that Matters
    JUN 2022
    Marriage is difficult even for Christian couples. What does the Bible say about marriage and how does the church bring truth and grace in an era where scholars are defining modern society as a post-marriage culture? Learn how marriage ministry fits into the overall ministry to families.
    Getting Ready for Marriage and The First Few Years of Marriage by Dr. Jim Burns
    Dr. Jim Burns
  • Executing and Leading Well: Organizational Administration
    JUL 2022
    An introduction to the biblical principles and current practice of management: planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and evaluating with special emphasis upon the application of these functions to church and para-church administration.
    Management Essentials for Christian Ministriesby Dr. Michael J. Anthony
    Dr. Michael Anthony
  • Cultivating a Vibrant Parent Ministry
    AUG 2022
    Spiritual Parenting is vital to the heath of a child’s view of Christian formation and faith. Supporting parents during the years of child-rearing to be the spiritual disciplers of their children’s faith is foundational to how the church equips in family ministry.
    Spiritual Parenting by Dr. Michelle Anthony and Family Ministry Field Guide: How Your Church Can Equip Parents to Make Disciples by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones
    Dr. Timothy Paul Jones
  • Family Empowered Children's and Student Ministry
    SEPT 2022
    Students will be able to diversify in this course to take a Family Empowered Children’s Ministry course or a Family Empowered Student Ministry course. These courses will take a dive deep into the practical steps needed to cultivate a focus of ministry to families within the traditional programs for children and students.
    Children's Course Textbook: Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions by George Barna or Student Ministry Course Textbook: Blur: A New Paradigm for Understanding Youth Culture by Jeffrey Keuss
    Dr. Ellen Moore

*Please note: The courses and dates are subject to change throughout the year.

Students are responsible to purchase books that go with each module.

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