Foundations for Family Life Online – Worldview

This course is designed to look at family and marriage from God’s perspective.  Our purpose is to help you to understand God’s intentions for the family and to discover the biblical principles of marriage and family life.  We want you to understand some of the important issues of a good marriage and a healthy family.  Our prayer is that your own marriage and family will be strengthened as you go through this course and that you will then be more equipped to strengthen and help other families.   

Do you have a desire to learn more about Family Life and how to work with Families? Did you do a Family Ministries School (FMS) and now you want to do the AFS (online)? These FFL modules are meant to bring you up to speed on 3 the main topics of the Foundations for Family Studies (FFS):

  • Family of Origin (including Bowen Family Systems & Genograms)
  • Biblical view of Family (covered in this course)

In order for you to get most out of the online Advanced Family Studies it is strongly advised to go over these topics first. Even if you did the FMS (or FFS more than a year ago) we still encourage you to revisit this to refresh your understanding on these topics. These 3 topics are the core of the FFS that we build on with the (online) AFS.

This module including its assignments will help you if you are pursuing a degree in Family Studies with the UofN and have completed the FMS (not FFS).

P.S. This content of this module was taken from Larry Ballard’s teaching on Family Life. It was originally written for the Chinese culture, but it can be used to help individuals & families in all cultures. If you desire to teach this material in another culture feel free to change the content to reflect the culture in which you serve. “My copyright is your right to copy.” Permission is granted to use this material for educational and noncommercial purposes.

AFS Module 10 – Capstone Project

A Capstone project is a way to sum up skills and competencies the student has gained during the AFS. This kind of paper may be presented in various forms: case studies, research papers, surveys, outcome-based evaluation, focus groups, and more.  You will need to pick a capstone project idea related to the AFS and write a paper. Typically, a Capstone project will be connected with your future specialization (so it also relates to your personal growth plan) and requires strong skills in teamwork, public speaking, and critical and analytical thinking. 

AFS Module 1 – Introduction & Literature review

In this first module of the Online Advanced Family Studies you will be introduced to the course and start your first assignments. By the end of this module (May 2021) you will have:

  • An understanding of how the Online Advanced Family Studies works, how you’ll submit your work, how you’ll engage with the teaching, assignments and group work.
  • Completed a current literature review: A critical look at current literature. Understand current writings, identify gaps in the knowledge of the subject in literature.
  • Created a personal growth plan, helping you get most out of this online study through auto-evaluation on your personal journey in ministering more effectively to families.

This module consists of self study through watching video content, completing the corresponding assignments and studying literature. Additionally this module will have group video calls to get to know one another, to introduce the course and its practical workings and answer questions you might have about this.