Family Ministry Track
In response to the challenges facing contemporary Christian families (a need expressed by church leaders and student interest), the College of Biblical Studies initiated a Family Life Ministry track within the M.A. and M.Div. degree programs. The Family Life Ministry track integrates theory and concepts that enable ministers to develop a mature philosophy and practice of family life ministry founded on a solid understanding of biblical principles. The goal of the program is to assist in the design, development, and delivery of a comprehensive ministry to families in the local congregational context. Courses emphasize both the theology of family and preventative and therapeutic applications.
The Family Life Ministry track was developed by Dr. Don Hebbard, former Professor of Family Ministry and director of the Institute for Marriage and Family. Dr. Hebbard brought over 20 years of experience in Family Life Ministry to the program development with an extensive background in addressing various intervention issues and frequent presentations concerning family and marital issues. He was a leader in the development of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative and authored The Complete Handbook for Family Life Ministry in the Church, which was published by Nelson.
Students in this track, now called Family Ministry, take the same core of classes as students in other tracks with ministry courses designed to inform and enhance ministry to families. Courses in the track include Family Ministry, Applications of Family Ministry, Marriage and Family Dynamics, and Marriage and Family Therapy. Elective ministry courses in the track include Counseling for Ministry and Managing Conflict, Transition, and Change.
The Family Ministry track is also an option for focusing ministry courses in the Master of Divinity program.