Our Impact

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.

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

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.

Special Chapels

The CFM Major partners with 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.

Radio and Publishing

Professor Smith enjoys many opportunities to share on the Moody radio stations regarding different current topics in Children and Family Ministry. She also contributed a chapter in the Moody Publishing book, The One Volume Seminary, about ministry to children and families.

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.

Area Churches

Area Churches

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

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

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.


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.

Social Media

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.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without my education at MBI.”

Claire Patty

Class of 2017