Course Overview

In Ministry to Children & Youth, Dr. Shean Phillips and Mr. Tim Gerber lay out a theological foundation for ministry to adolescents and their families. More than simply providing analysis of programs for children, this course is designed to help the student understand a discipleship process that best functions at home with parents as the primary disciplers and extends into the ministry of the local church. Throughout this course, the speakers will intentionally seek application to both the church and the family and offer the student opportunities to reflect on how to best meet the needs of the families they minister to in their environment. In this course, the presenters will address topics such as:

  • The Theology of Family Ministry
  • The Spiritual Development of Children
  • Cultural Exegesis for Next Generations
  • Relationships in Youth Ministry
  • Volunteers, Retreats, & Pastoral Relations
  • Resources for Ministry to Children, Youth, & Parents

The course presenters share a heart for ministering to families that extends beyond simple programs; more than that, they seek to convey processes that will aid students of this program in developing families that are intentional about discipleship both at home and with the local church body. While this course offers multiple applications in the church body, it will present the student with a greater understanding of the biblical design for family ministry and equip them to develop their own programs and processes to reach families for the cause of Christ.

MIN563 e4-12


This Course is Taught by

Dr. Shean Phillips: Professor of Children's Ministries, Piedmont International University

I completed my undergraduate degree in Bible with a Youth Ministry concentration at Piedmont International University in 1997. I went on to pastor in various roles (Associate, Family, Small Groups and Youth) until 2014, having received a graduate degree in Youth Ministry in 2006 and another one in Christian Education in 2007 from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, VA.


Degree Seeking Students

  • Application and Acceptance
  • Register for Class
  • Order Workbook
  • Order Textbooks
  • Become Familiar with Logging on to Blackboard
  • Understand the Course Schedule

Important Information

  • Course Syllabus

Enrichment Students

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  • Course Workbook




 This e4-12 course has 12 lectures approximately 45 minutes long.

  • Theology of Family Ministry
  • Childhood Spiritual Formation Part I
  • Childhood Spiritual Formation Part II
  • Reasons Why Children's Ministry is Essential
  • 10 Commandments of Children's Ministry
  • Cultural Exegesis
  • Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • Relationships in Youth Ministry
  • Leading a Youth Ministry in the Local Church
  • Volunteers, Retreats and Pastoral Relations
  • Perspectives on Family Ministry
  • Resources for Ministry to Children, Youth and Parents


Promotional materials are available to the liaison to help promote e4-12 to your church. Please view the designated area for liaisons only in blackboard. If you need help or more information,  please contact Terrill Gilley the e4-12 academic coordinator.