Join Engage

Earn a formal
Children’s Ministry

What is the Engage Children’s Ministry Certificate?

Engage is a program crafted for children’s and family ministry leaders looking to advance their ministry career and deepen their knowledge and experience. By combining Bethel Seminary faculty alongside the International Network of Children’s Ministry, Engage helps kidmin leaders grow relationally, spiritually, and academically. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a formal Children’s Ministry Certificate.

Engage Children’s Ministry Certificate

Program Features


Program begins with the Children’s Pastors Conference in Orlando, FL.


Intimate class size for individual, personalized attention from faculty and staff.


A good mix of live classroom instruction and interaction at CPC and online learning environments.


Receive a formal children’s ministry certificate co-signed by Bethel Seminary and INCM.


Leverage the program towards a Masters in Children’s and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary. *Limited opportunity


Designed to help you connect with kidmin on the journey and build a relationship with program faculty


Created for kidmin leaders of all experience levels. Whether you are a new kidmin or veteran children’s pastor.


Attend a mid-year online conference, tailored specifically for your program and cohort.


Designed to help you build lasting relationships that go beyond the children’s ministry certificate.


Lead faculty from Bethel Seminary design the curriculum and guide the program every step of the way.


Attend the Children’s Pastors Conference as part of your learning experience at no additional cost.


Join nearly 100 graduates of a program that has been crafted and honed since 2014.

LONG TERM VALUE – By combining the 100 year evangelical training history of Bethel Seminary with the nearly 40 year legacy of INCM, we provide a children’s ministry certificate that will stand the test of time.


How long does the program take?

Engage launches in January and concludes September 15, 2017.

What topics are covered?
  • Biblical Foundations of Children’s Ministry
  • Personal and Spiritual Formation
  • Cognitive, Moral and Spiritual Development of Children
  • How Children Learn: Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences
  • Understanding the World of Children: Generational Distinctive
  • Spiritual Formation and Discipleship of Children
  • Models and Metaphors in Children’s Ministry
  • Volunteer Recruitment, Management and Retention
  • Administrative Practices in Children’s Ministry
  • Curriculum Development and Assessment
  • Children’s Ministry Through Global Lenses
  • Techniques and Strategies for Team Building and Staff Development
  • Current Trends in Children’s Ministry
What is the program like?

The program requires attendance at one Children’s Pastor’s Conference, during which program participants will spend all breakout sessions in the Engage program, as well as a program specific online event. The program also includes ongoing interaction with program faculty and students online, along with two projects for implementation into student’s unique ministry settings.

Who is the program for?

Engage is for children’s and family ministry leaders ready to experience challenging, rich training, and in-depth relationships.

Will I have any face-to-face interaction with instructors or other students?

Absolutely! Because of Engage’s cohort model, it is a value of this certificate course that participants gather together at the Children’s Pastors Conference.

What if I need more information?

Stories from the leaders who made it to the finish line.

Engage profoundly changes leaders.

Children's Ministry Certificate Graduate Nicole RichertNicole


 Children’s Pastor, Texas

When you join this certificate program, you are able to go so much deeper in your ministry and you’re able to work with pastors and directors from all over to understand how you can do things differently.

2016 Graduate

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Children’s Director, North Dakota

This Certificate Program has given me the courage and reassurance to lead adults older than me and to truly live out I Timothy 4:12.

2015 Graduate



 Children’s Pastor, New Mexico

This Certificate in Children’s Ministry has been a great experience.  I have enjoyed being challenged in new ways and connecting with fellow children’s ministers to share our hearts and grow together.

2015 Graduate

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Children’s Director, California

Thanks to the cohort interaction in the program I have some new, amazing kidmin friends! We text each other. We ask each other for prayer. We challenge each other to dig into our souls.

2016 Graduate

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Family Pastor, Michigan

This certificate in children’s ministry has given me more tools as a leader to help reach the next generation.  It has helped me define the “why” and the “how” we share the Gospel in our Children’s Ministry at 2|42.

2015 Graduate

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 Upper Elementary Director, Colorado

The certificate has helped me to not feel alone in children’s ministry and to build lifelong friendships. I have a foundation to build upon for Children’s and Family Ministry leadership.

2015 Graduate

Get To Know the Program

Equip Starter Course
  • 6 weeks
  • flexible delivery
  • webinars
  • network with leaders
  • $100 scholarship towards Engage
  • introductory program
  • micro-certificate
  • free online conference
  • cohort model
  • accredited faculty
  • CPC registration
  • 3 volumes of Dispatch

Level Up Specific Skills

Empower Master Classes
  • varied class length
  • flexible delivery
  • webinars
  • network with leaders
  • scholarship towards Engage
  • specialized learning
  • course certificate
  • free online conference
  • cohort model
  • accredited faculty
  • CPC registration
  • 3 volumes of Dispatch


INCM has partnered with Bethel Seminary and their accomplished faculty and staff to provide this in-depth children’s ministry certificate program that will allow leaders to take their next step in church leadership.