Family Ministry School

What is a Family Ministry School?

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.


*Running parallel to the FMS, will also be a Foundations Program for kids ages 4-15. This is a kids version of DTS.

School Leaders

Karen & Ole Andersen from Denmark have been married for 34 years and have two adult children. Karen and Ole are both educated as nurses but have been working with YWAM Family Ministries since 2006. They have staffed and led 7 Discipleship Training Schools, participated in Family Ministry School in 2009, co-lead FMS in Norway (2014) and lead FMS in 2018. 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.

Trond and Anne-Helen Sæthren led YWAM Family Ministry (Familiefokus) in Norway for 10 years after being involved in family ministry for many years before that. They did their FMS in 2001 in the Philippines and that became the start of three years in missions in the Philippines. Anne-Helen is currently studying in Oslo as a speech therapist. Trond has the academically responsibility and the overall responsibility for the FMS towards University of the Nations (UofN). Trond and Anne-Helen are part of the leadership team for YWAM Family Ministry International. They have three children; Simon (21), Anne-Sofie (18) and Filip (13). They live a few minutes’ walk from YWAM Grimerud.

Ben & Jess Brower are from the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the United States. They have been married for 15 years and have two wonderful rambunctious little boys. Jessica is educated as a pediatric critical care nurse and Ben in the area of community development and sustainable building. Their heart is to see unity and restoration in marriages and families. Family being the base of all societal structures, they seek to strengthen them, give them tools, and lift them up so that they may influence their societies for the kingdom of God.

cost and dates

Adults: 28.500 NOK pr. adult

(includes study materials, food and lodging)

When you have received a letter of acceptance for the FMS, we ask that you pay 1.500 NOK pr. family, to secure your place at Grimerud. This amount is subtracted from your total price but is not refundable.

Price for outreach depends on the destination and length of outreach.

  • Children 8-14 years: 14.500 NOK
  • Children 2-7 years: 9.000 NOK
  • Children 0-1 years: 3.000 NOK

(includes food and lodging)
*All prices are pr. person

Price for outreach depends on the destination and length of outreach

March 24th, 2021 – June 18th, 2021

FAQs on Family Ministry School

*FMS 2020 has been canceled due to the Corona pandemic,
you are welcome to apply for the FMS 2021 or even start considering FMS in March 2022

* Please note: there must be one application turned in for EACH adult and not one per family. For example: if a married couple is applying, each spouse must fill out their own application.

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