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MAFM 6310   (3-3-0)   Family Ministry Practicum (S-L)
This course is designed to give each student one semester of supervised practicum related to the student’s vocational goal. Students will be paired with a full-time proven practitioner for guidance and for hands-on experience. Every effort will be made for students to observe the practitioner in his/her role, to carry out assignments or projects under the supervision of the practitioner, or to serve part-time or full-time in a staff position related to his/her vocational goal. The student will meet with an assigned professor once each month during the semester for reporting and for discussions related to church staff and member relations.   This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Online, Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

MAFM 6311   (3-3-0)   Family Issues in Ministry to Adults
This course will explore life stages, roles, systems, and processes of the adult formation. Students will comprehend ways the church may take proactive and therapeutic action to assist leaders in this stage. This course will assist students in understanding adult life and provide ways for them to plan proactive and therapeutic ministry strategies for use with congregations.   Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

MAFM 6312   (3-3-0)   Research: Faith Formation in the Family (S-L)
This course will seek to equip students with skills in qualitative research that will endeavor to further knowledge in the area of faith and family formation, and will encourage serious analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of developing patterns and trends in ministry to families. Students will design research questions, literature review, and research instruments in order to carry out limited study. After obtaining the proper approval and training, students will interview families, transcribe the interviews, and utilize qualitative software to discover patterns and trends. The culmination of the course will be a research synthesis of the appropriate literature, interviews, and findings.   This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Periodically.
Prerequisite: Approval of the program director and in the last semester of study.

MAFM 6316   (3-3-0)   Faith Formation in the Life Stages
A study will be made of the developmental process and faith formation for early childhood, children, youth, and adult age groups to determine characteristics, problems, life situations, and moral/religious needs of each age group. Special attention will be given to the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual, sexual, and personality development during each life stage. The purpose of this course is to provide students with insights to address creatively contemporary issues related to each age group in family ministry and related vocations. Online, Periodically.   Online, Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

MAFM 6353   (3-3-0)   Ministry to Families
This course will survey what the church can do to minister to the family as a unit, not just as the individual parts of preschoolers, children, parents, or guardians. In this course students will explore biblical foundations of family ministry and will have the opportunity to learn skills related to understanding the social and cultural contexts of families and give them a foundation for designing and carrying out ministry with and through the family. Students will synthesize definition, principles, and best practices of family ministry considering the biblical mandates of scripture, mission of the church, and in light of the current trends in family ministry including and not limited to Family-Integrated Ministry, Family-Based Ministry, and Family-Equipping Ministry models.   Online, Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: MACH 6353

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