Certificate in

Children and Family Ministry

Gain a deeper understanding of spiritual formation, stewarding a ministry team, curriculum building, church leadership and administration, roles of family in spiritual development and intergenerational, family, and children’s ministry care. This certificate will equip you to serve children and families in the local church and ministry contexts.


The Certificate program is flexible and convenient. You can choose to take courses on our Deerfield campus or through TEDS online courses. See our flexible study options >>


Trinity has been entrusted with the Gospel since 1897, and every day we are called to live with purpose. Our purpose as a divinity school is to know the Gospel, live the Gospel and make the Gospel known. In today’s ever-changing culture, Trinity immerses students in a community of biblical orthodoxy and practical living. The Trinity faculty is among the most widely published in evangelical academia and has deeply influenced the leaders shaping the present and future of evangelical Christianity across the globe.

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In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following:
  • Bachelors degree or extensive life experience with educational practice in a church, parachurch, Christian organization, or in the public education arena (generally five-plus years of full-time experience)
  • Non-formal or informal preparation for theological study in educational ministries at the graduate level (theological education in a church or parachurch environment)
  • Demonstrated academic ability through evaluation and interview by the Educational Ministries Department; one need not hold a bachelor’s degree for admission
  • Certificate Application completed in full
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Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Commencement



  • EM 5200 Educational Ministries
  • EM 5125 Teaching and Learning

Suggested curricular courses include but are not limited to:

  • EM 5210 Christian Leadership and Administration
  • EM 5510 Christian Formation and Journey
  • EM 6100 Intergenerational Ministry in the Church
  • EM 6265 Building Ministry Teams
  • EM 6500 Curriculum Development
  • EM 7110 Spiritual Formation within the Family
  • ES 7524 Children in Congregations
  • ES 7535 Nurturing Families in the Church
  • ES 7560 Program Planning Dynamics in the Local Church

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Combining unrivaled academic rigor with a wholehearted commitment to gospel fidelity and an abundance of flexible options, TEDS offers a theological education that equips you to serve Christ with wisdom and grace, in truth and love.