Strengthen families and congregations

In the last 20 years, the very concept of a family became a whole lot more complicated. There are more challenges than ever for families who simply want to have healthy, happy relationships with one another. Never before has there been a greater need for individuals to help educate and equip families with the resources needed to thrive. Help meet the needs of families by enrolling in the Family Life Ministry program.

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All courses offered face-to-face on Ann Arbor's campus.

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The average undergraduate student award is $16,603.

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Program Overview

Family Life Ministry prepares students for ministry in congregations to equip families, marriages, and communities for life together, faith development, and teaching the Gospel. Graduates will practice Christ-like love, integrity, and excellence as they develop and implement family programming in congregations, connect people across generations, equip families to grow in faith and love together, and reach out to the community through meaningful relationships.

Successful graduation from this program grants a certification in Family Life Ministry from Concordia University for all graduates, which also makes Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) students eligible for the rostered position of Director of Family Life Ministries in the LCMS.

Celia Walkoicz is a recent graduate from the Family Life program and is thriving in her new role as Director of Children & Youth Ministries in Nashville, TN. Check out the video below for more info!

What to Expect

Family Life Ministry students will receive a practical education as they experience ministry among children, youth, and families. Students will be equipped to walk alongside families during the best and the most challenging moments of life. Thus, students can expect to get their hands dirty, so to speak, as they care for the needs of real people in congregations and in communities. Students can also expect to learn the Bible and good theology in order to communicate the Gospel of Jesus and enable families to teach the same Word of God within them. Course work will involve psychology, Old and New Testament, and a variety of other holistic classes that will strengthen your faith and prepare you for a life of spiritual fulfillment. It is also recommended to combine this degree with a minor of your choice, such as Spanish, Social Work, or Sociology to prepare for helping members of all communities. A minimum of 18 credits are required for minors. 

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