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Mentoring families in Biblical principles


Training people to disciple the Nations in the Family Sphere.

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The Foundations for Family Studies School a second level course that trains people called to discipling the Nations. Our goal and focus of the Foundations for Family Studies course is to provide a foundation for UofN students to receive a biblical concept for family life, equip them with models and skills to help individuals and families and to see families transformed through our students.

This course is also the entry into a UofN A.A. and B.A. degree in Family Studies through our College of Education. We also encourage any UofN degree student to consider adding this course to their degree program.

Core Focus

Our goal is to train individuals and families to reach families in the Nations. Provide a foundational course that leads to a either an A.A. or B.A. degree in Family Studies.

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Our aim is:

• Equip students with the means that will enable them to disciple families through the knowledge and skills obtained. The course material is directly applicable to their ministry opportunities, and provides them with ready to use materials, models and skills that can be put into action.

• Provide a theoretical framework and worldview of family that will enable them to serve others with confidence.

• Equip students to progress in their personal journey as family helpers and mentor couples and individuals, to be FFS staff, and small group leaders for couples and families in the church context. They will receive a knowledge and skill based foundation of family life consistent with a biblical perspective to build on their current experience. They will develop concepts and applications in collaboration with the school staff.

Course Outline


Biblical Family

Family of Origin


Marriage Relationship


Mentoring/Coaching Skills

Family Life Style

Family Ministering Together

School Information


April 2018



Outreach costs to be announced later




Complete a Discipleship Training school and outreach


Merle and Maria have been married more than 52 years and have a commitment for life.  They have served in YWAM for 30 years with 22 of those years in the family sphere.  Their desire is to see many families go into missions and ministry together, consistent with God’s original design for Kingdom building!



International Students: Non U.S. residents wishing to take this course, must be enrolled in a full-time degree at University of the Nations, Kona.

Check our Associates Degree page, for more information.


THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS IS NOT ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF EDUCATION.  Admission to the University of the Nations (U of N) and any of its sponsored programs is open to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, and educationally unrelated handicaps. U of N reserves the right to change schedules and course offerings as deemed necessary.

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