Foundations for Family Studies Online

Next school: April 2023

Are you considering work with families, couples and/or children? Have you done a YWAM DTS and want to equip families in your church, ministry or base? This foundational school will get you started with a Biblical understanding of family and provides tools to strengthen families and marriages. The program is suited for both single and married people with a heart for transforming families.

(Although you can read this page in many languages, courses are only offered in certain languages.1)

This school will require online participation, a time commitment of about 8 hours per week, and at least one physical meeting (a couple of weeks) known as an intensive1. The school starts in April and runs for just over a year, finishing the lecture/online phase by the end of June the following year. The intensive will probably be toward the end of the course.

The Foundations for Family Studies (FAM251) introduces students to the Biblical foundational concepts of family life. It presents a model for the study and understanding of the dynamics of family life, and introduces basic tools for coaching individuals and families. The lecture phase is broken down into these major topics.

  1. Worldview & Biblical view of family
  2. Introduction to the Family of Origin model & Genograms
  3. Marriage relationships
  4. Parenting
  5. Basic seminar skills
  6. Christian family in today’s world
  7. Basic skills for coaching
  8. Families in ministry

Students can anticipate a challenge to grow and develop Christian character traits. Students will increase their competence in ministering to families. The FFS will, apart from strengthening your own family and relationships, prepare you to reach out to families in your sphere of influence i.e., the church, community, YWAM base.

This program is essentially on-line, but you benefit from a personal 1-on-1 tutor, group discussions with each module, individual feedback on your assignments, and regular contact with other students through student trios and group “coffee times”.

This school will be registered as 11 – 13 credits with the College of Family Studies (extension studies) of the UofN. All modules combined may count towards the second level FFS school (FAM 251). We expect you will do outreach or module application, details to be confirmed with the school leader. If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Family Studies, please indicate this when registering for this school, so we can discuss the requirements.

The online tuition fee for the FFS is 4902 euros . This excludes costs for books (usually available as e-books at a minimal cost) and other specific resources and includes access to the online modules and UofN registration for the credits.
The intensive (planned toward the end of the school) is estimated at 6503 euros, including accommodation and meals (the final price will depend the location, cohorts may be able to participate in an intensive locally).

1.This could vary in form depending on the location. Cohorts are currently anticipated in Europe, India, Brazil (Portuguese) and Madagascar (French).

2. A €22 registration fee is included. It is possible to apply for a 50% bourse for the module tuition fees if you situation merits consideration.

3. The cost for the intensive may vary significantly depending on the location and the modality of the intensive.

To inquire or apply, contact us or email