The Childhood Certification consists of the following nine courses:

  • Characteristics of Preschoolers and Children
  • Essentials of Ministry
  • Family Ministry
  • Guidance in the Classroom
  • Implementation of a Safe Ministry Area
  • Leadership in the Church
  • Principles of Teaching/How to Choose Curriculum
  • Special Need Ministry
  • Theology of Children

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Course Descriptions

All classes will meet on Zoom rather than in person.


Characteristics of Preschoolers and Children
The reasons we teach preschoolers and children as we do rests in the facts that research has told us about their characteristics.

  • September 25, 2020 | 1:00 - 5:00 pm
  • August 7-8, 2020 | during the Childhood & Family Ministry Summit

Essentials of Ministry
What is your call to ministry? This is much more than a job. It is a calling and commitment. Ensuring a strong philosophy, as well as how to communicate, is emphasized during this time.

  • October 8, 2020 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Family Ministry
As a minister, it is imperative to be involved with the family unit. But how do you get to know families and what they want? This seminar deals with getting to know families and developing seminars, Bible studies and events to meet their needs.

  • October 9, 2020 | 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Guidance in the Classroom

Discipline is the number one reason Bible study teachers quit. How can the minister learn to keep great teachers from becoming discouraged and quitting? This seminar will address how to guide the classroom and maintain order.

  • August 7-8, 2020 | during the Childhood & Family Ministry Summit
  • October 8, 2020 | 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Leadership in the Church
The importance of maintaining records and evaluating the yearly calendar to make sure there is an intentional balance of Bible content taught in fun and serious times will be covered in this seminar. Is your church being intentional in teaching Bible content to preschoolers and children? Is there a balance of your ministry design? This seminar will help evaluate the spiritual development of ministries.

  • March 6, 2020 | 1:00 - 5:00 pm
  • September 24, 2020 | 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Principles of Teaching/Choosing Curriculum
What teaching style needs to be incorporated with preschoolers and children? Why is it important? This seminar will deal with teaching through activities, room arrangements and class schedule. We teach preschoolers and children, not curriculum, but curriculum guides the learning of preschoolers and children. How do you know you are using the best curriculum for them?

  • August 7-8, 2020 | during the Childhood & Family Ministry Summit
  • October 9, 2020 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Safe Ministry Area
Safety, security and screening are necessary components of Childhood Ministry. This seminar helps you evaluate and compare what others are doing, then provides the tools to meet these needs.

  • August 7-8, 2020 | during the Childhood & Family Ministry Summit

Special Needs Ministry
Each church should minister to everyone in the community, even families that might have a child/adult with special needs. How do we reach those families? This seminar will address what your church can do and how to minister to these families.

  • September 24, 2020 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Theology of Children
What does the Bible say about children? How does God view children? This seminar deals with what the Bible says and how this relates to the importance of Preschool and Children's Ministries.

  • September 25, 2020 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Advanced Certificate of Ministry in Children's Ministry

We have partnered with Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University to provide childhood ministers with the opportunity to earn an Advanced Certificate of Ministry in Children’s Ministry. To earn the advanced certificate, participants would need to complete the Texas Baptists Childhood Ministry Certification, as well as the online Certificate of Christian Foundation through Truett Seminary. For more information about the Advanced Certificate, please contact David Tate (david_tate@baylor.edu) or visit https://www.baylor.edu/truett/index.php?id=952570.