Strong families are the foundation to build a legacy for future generations.

To reach a nation we have to reach the families.

Families and marriages are at the very foundation of human life. Strong marriages produce healthy families. Healthy families bring forth healthy individuals. And healthy individuals make a strong nation. Where else could we have a greater impact on the world than in the family? Take this course to lay strong foundations for your own marriage and family and prepare yourself for making an impact on the families around you!

What is the UofN Foundations for Family Studies course?

The Foundations for Family Studies (FFS) is a bilingual UofN course for singles, couples and families who desire to bring God‘s purpose and vision for family back into society.
This new University of the Nations course is the foundational introductory course for a new University of the Nations (UofN) Associates of Arts & Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies degree offered through the College of Education.
The Foundations for Family Studies course (FAM 251) introduces students to the biblical foundational concepts of family life; presents a model for the study and understanding of the dynamics of family life; and introduces basic tools for helping to relate to families. 
Students can anticipate to grow and develop Christian character traits. Students will increase their competence in ministering to families. 

Topics of the Foundations for Family Studies course:

Biblical Worldview of Family

  • Model of the Trinity
  • Family of Origin/ Nuclear Family
  • Core elements of a Biblical Family – Love, Trust, Respect, Understanding
  • Conditional/Unconditional Love
  • Covenant

The Marriage Relationship

  • Biblical components for a Healthy Marriage: Understanding of Covenant, Biblical Headship, Commitment, Authority/Submission, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Sexuality vs Intimacy, praying together.
  • Basic Marriage Tools/ skills for Communication, Conflict resolution, Finances.
  • Basic Pre-marriage Tools/ skills for Pre-marriage coaching/ mentoring.

Marriage Seminar

  • Equipping students with a Basic Marriage Seminar package - basic tools for marriage-coaching

Family of Origin

  • Introduction to Bowens 9 core elements of Family of Origin: Nuclear Family Emotional System; Functioning in the Family – Over/Under; Personal differences; Differentiation of Self – Closeness/Distance; Family Rules; Family Triangles; Family Secrets; Family Roles; Sibling Position.
  • Genograms: Introduction of Genogram and its elements; Contrast dysfunctional/Healthy Family System; Dysfunctional family; Healthy Family


  • Child Development: The unborn child, Early childhood, Adolescence/Teenagers.
  • Biblical Concepts for Parenting: Unconditional Love, Self Esteem, Fatherhood/Motherhood, Discipline; Nurturing; Dealing with Anger in Parent/Child Relationship; Dealing with Grief & Loss in the Family.
  • Equipping students with a Basic Parenting Seminar.

People Helping Skills

  • Basic coaching skills 

The Family in Ministry

  • Principles of Team Ministry: Serving together in Family Camps/Seminars/Outreaches; The Home as a Training center for Ministry; Families in Ministry; Family Evangelism; Ministering Cross Culturally.

Family Life

  • House of Oneness - Foundations for Christian Home - six characteristics of a strong family.
  • Family and God’s Word
  • Family Prayer & Worship
  • Family Time & Celebration
  • Importance of Extended Family
  • Family in Missions

For more information please contact us.

After the three month lecture phase it is possible to complete the FFS with an outreach:

Foundations for Family Studies Field Assignment (FAM 252)

This field assignment is a vital part of the training, allowing students to assimilate and apply the knowledge and skills learned in the lecture phase more effectively as a family in a team context, and by providing opportunities to work in family-based ministries.

Dates and price

We are very sorry! Due to the current situation with COVID-19 this course has been cancelled. We are working on an online program. Please come back later to find out more.

Prices (lecture phase)

  Registration fee (non-refundable) 50€
  School fee, 6 warm meals per week, work material, housing, books, morning/afternoon snack 2.700 €
0 - 1   free
1-3 school-/kindergarten fee, 6 warm meals per week, housing, childcare, morning snack. 400€
4-11 school-/kindergarten fee, 6 warm meals per week, housing, activities, morning snack. 900€
12-17 6 warm meals per week, housing, activities, morning snack. 1200€

Contact and registration

If you have further questions, please contact info@jmem-hainichen.de.


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