Children's Ministry

Most people who make a decision to follow Christ do so before age 13. To impact the world for Christ, then, there's no better place than service in children’s ministry. In the children's ministry major at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri, you'll learn how to teach the Bible to children in creative ways, recruit and train volunteers, equip parents to teach their kids about Jesus, design children’s ministry environments, and organize a children’s ministry program.

What Students Say...

"I walked in to grow my childish faith. I'm walking out to inspire a childlike faith." - Jessica

Children's Ministry students are prepared to:


  • ​teach the Bible to children in creative ways.
  • equip parents to teach their kids about Jesus.
  • organize and lead a children’s ministry program.

Courses in this Major

Foundations for Children’s Ministry

Strategies for Children’s Ministry

Ministry Internship

Teaching the Developing Child

Issues in Children’s Ministry

Ministry to Children in Cross-Cultural and Multiethnic Settings

Children’s Ministry Conference

Ministry to Children in Crisis

Theology of Childhood

Curricular Planning

Faculty Contact

Dr. Teresa Welch

"Kids aren't just the future of the church. They are the church right now. I know of no better way to invest in the kingdom of God than to teach kids about Jesus. 'For the kingdom of God belongs to such as these'." (Mark 10:14)

Email Dr. Teresa Welch

Possible Job Opportunities

Children's Minister

Children's Ministry Assistant/Associate

Neighborhood Children's Program Director

Cross-Cultural Minister to Children

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