IN OUR MAJOR
The CFM Major consists of over 80 students, both online and on campus; students who want to reach the heart of children and families in diverse and significant ways. We are a community, a family, investing in one another and creating relationships that support and encourage the student’s personal spiritual formation as a ministry leader. Many opportunities are provided to enhance each student’s experience so as to better discover where God is uniquely calling them into Children and Family Ministry.
Our major strives to make each student’s learning experience unique, designed to equip them effectively for children and family ministry. This is done through encouraging interdisciplinaries, allowing unique electives to be taken, and finding internships that are individualized to each student's particular ministry goals. Students are encouraged to regularly meet with their advisor as well as upperclassmen to be made aware of the options available to them.
First year Children and Family Ministry Majors are given the opportunity to be paired with Juniors and Seniors in the major for a mentoring experience. Pairs meet together at least 8 times throughout the school year. The goal is for first year students to get connected, build community, and be informed about the CFM major.
The Children and Family Ministry Major has 3 main student groups for students to get involved with - CFAM, MBI Big Bro Big Sis, and Bonded. CFAM (Children and Family Awareness Ministry) hosts events to help the campus be aware of issues and needs within children's ministry around the world. BigBroBigSis is a mentoring program that pairs MBI students with children in Chicago's lower income neighborhoods. Bonded helps bring awareness to disabilities and inform students how they can get involved in special needs ministry.
The Children and Family Ministry Major hosts one big event each semester, such as S'mores in the Plaza, along with the CFM Major's chapel and community days. These events are intended to foster a sense of community within the major as well as to help keep students informed about what is happening in the major.
STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
Professor Smith has the opportunity to teach annually in the UK as well as in Israel providing classes that are required for the CFM major in study abroad opportunities. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity.
ON OUR CAMPUS
The CFM Major seeks to reach out to the campus, creating events and opportunities for the MBI Family as a whole to be enriched and educated about Children and Family Ministry.
KIDS ON KAMPUS &
BRING YOUR CHILD TO WORK DAY
ON CAMPUS TRAINING
The CFM Major hosts two different events, one in the spring and one in the fall, to give Faculty, Staff, and Students with children the opportunity to have their kids at work. These events give their children a fun, faith-filled day to be on the MBI Campus and seeing what their parents do every day.
The CFM Major partners with Rachel Puente and Student Development to bring in different speakers and groups to educate, inform, and encourage the student body in regards to different areas of children and family ministry.
Elizabeth Smith helps teach and train the next generation of students at MBI. She works alongside Tim Downey to lead seminars in the First Year Experience program. In addition, she regularly leads training with the RAs and RSs helping them to develop their leadership and counseling skills.
MINORS AND MBI
Elizabeth Smith enjoys many opportunities to share on the Moody radio stations regarding different current topics in Children and Family Ministry.
Elizabeth contributed a chapter in the Moody Publishing book, The One Volume Seminary, about ministry to children and families.
Elizabeth Smith works with different departments on campus to aid MBI in developing their policies regarding minors, both for students and various groups. This includes both legal compliance and risk management.
IN OUR COMMUNITY
The CFM Major seeks opportunities to interact with and support the greater Chicago area providing training and encouragement in areas of children and family ministry.
CFM students are given opportunities to grow beyond the campus by attending conferences. Students also gain experience by planning a conference for Children’s Ministry Directors and local churches. These conference opportunities alternate through the student’s collegiate experience. Professor Smith also speaks at several conferences as a keynote or breakout speaker annually as an expert on Children and Family or Women’s Ministry.
The CFM Major works with the PCM department to match students with ministries that will help provide students with experiences to prepare them for their specific future ministry.
Our students are involved in their churches throughout the Chicagoland area: serving in the children's ministry, teaching and mentoring children, parents and ministry staff.
SPEAKING IN THE COMMUNITY
Elizabeth Smith has the privilege of going to area high schools and other locations to speak on behalf of MBI and the CFM Major. She has the opportunity to recruit future students as well as educate others about Children and Family ministry.
SPECIAL NEEDS PARTNERSHIPS
The CFM Major partners with churches, families, and individuals with special needs, helping to provide resources and education to those who need it.
IN OUR WORLD
The reach of the CFM Major is far beyond Moody's campus. We have the privilege of sending well equipped interns and alumni out into the world to have lifelong impact for Christ.
Depending on the ministry focus of the student (ie – church work, parachurch, camp, human services), internships are intentionally chosen that allow the student to use their skill set and be challenged in their personal and ministry growth. Internships offer unique, valuable experience that equip the student for future ministry.
Alumni are one of the Children and Family Ministry’s most valuable resources. CFM Alumni are serving the kingdom in all parts of the world in churches, parachurches, foster and adoptive care, refugee, orphan and immigration ministry, after-school programs, early childhood education, and communications, intentionally ministering to the next generation and their families.
The CFM social media offers an inside look at what is happening within the major to the larger online community. Making connections, increasing visibility, and building community is enhanced through our social media presence.
B.S. IN MINISTRY LEADERSHIP WITH AN EMPHASIS IN CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRY
With award-winning classes written by our very own Professor Elizabeth Smith, this program teaches students administrative and interpersonal skills while developing a philosophy of children and family ministry based on the family culture and an understanding of a child’s spiritual formation. Students reach the next generation for Christ by learning to communicate biblical truth to children and their families with a strong biblical and theological foundation.