Family Ministries School (FMS)

The Family Ministry School (FMS) is a three month school focused on providing a deeper understanding of the Biblical foundations of marriage and family. You will receive high quality teaching from international speakers and tools that will help you minister to families.

The FMS is run by Family Ministries Norway (Family Focus) and provides a family-friendly framework for the school. Children of students will be integrated as an important part of our community.

The FMS is a registered U of N Course. Course code: FAM/CNH 231 under the College of Counseling and Healthcare.

Some core themes of the school include:

  • The Biblical model of family
  • God’s design for marriage
  • Godly parenting
  • Christian family counseling principles
  • The role of the family in ministry

Every week will contain:

  • Inspiring lectures
  • Personal one on one sessions
  • Small groups
  • Family time and family gatherings
  • Practical work duties
  • Homework and weekly personal journal assignments

By serving on teams that hold seminars regarding marriage, relationships, and parenting, you will be able to apply what you’ve learned during lecture phase. You will also have opportunities to help plan and conduct family camps in some locations. You will participate in a limited amount of supervised family counseling opportunities. Families will have an opportunity to minister together during the field assignment.

School Leaders

YWAM Grimerud 3-56Karen & Ole Andersen from Denmark have been married for 31 years and have two adult children. Karen and Ole are both educated as nurses but, since 2006, have been working with YWAM Family Ministries. They have staffed and led 6 Discipleship Training Schools, participated in Family Ministry School in 2009 and co-lead the FMS in Norway in 2014. They have a passion to see families strengthened, equipped, mobilized, and engaged in a world that now more than ever needs examples of Godly family life.


March – June 2020


Lecture phase price: (including study materials, food and lodging)
All prices are pr. person
Adults: 27 000 NOK
Children 8-14 years: 13.500 NOK
Children 3-7 years: 8.100 NOK
Children 0-2 years: 3.000 NOK

Price for outreach depends on the destination and length of outreach

  • ”During the FMS we were able to draw nearer to each other and to God. The effect of living in an inclusive and warm community with good teaching and good counselors was life-changing. We can see that these three months have had a long-term effect on us as a family. We are thankful to God for what He did in us at Grimerud” We highly recommend it.”Camilla & Morten - FMS students 2014
  • The FMS was an investment in the family and in God, it was a place to recharge our batteries with lots of good things and the FMS was a good break from a hectic daily life at home. The FMS taught us more about God and each other within the family. Family Ministry School has been a great blessing for our family and we recommend every family to invest in an FMS!Camilla & Morten - FMS students 2014

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