The Family Resource Centre (FRC) serves as an interdisciplinary and intercultural resource and development network in the area of family and marriage. As such, it provides continuing education opportunities for professionals and lay people through seminars, workshops and short-term courses. These programmes are designed to serve those who are currently working within various marriage and family disciplines. Seminars are offered which address a variety of counseling, legal, ethical, religious, and political-legislative issues, as they relate to the family. These seminars are conducted in cooperation with local churches, social service agencies, educational institutions, and family agencies.

The Centre offers a six-month training program (Family Ministry School) in partnership with the College of Counseling and Health Care for individuals and families with a calling to restore families to their biblical destiny and minister the love of Christ to families all over the world.

The Centre exercises its influence to bring awareness of family issues inside and outside the UofN, and will promote the analysis and application of preventative and restorative therapy in families.

The Centre maintains up-to-date information on current resources available in the area of family and marriage, and facilitates resource networking among those working in this area by:

  • Developing a resource library of books, DVDs, videos, articles and other media, as well as seminar packages that can be made available to families, churches, professionals, and service agencies;
  • Compiling a reference list of individuals and agencies offering services for family and marriage matters;
  • Promoting communication through the publication of articles, books, newsletters, brochures, and pamphlets, as well as through audio, visual and electronic media;
  • Serving as a networking and communication centre for various churches, mission agencies, and family agencies.

The Centre seeks to be actively involved in current research, remaining on the cutting edge of family and social development trends by:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of current family models and counseling approaches through field-based research;
  • Networking with existing volunteer, professional and government-sponsored agencies that provide services to families;
  • Facilitating the integration of social and medical resources to the family (AIDS and other sexually transmitted infection information, family planning, medical and nutritional services).
  • Offering marriage and family services to communities;
  • Establishing agencies that offer biblical alternatives to existing social service programmes;
  • Promoting the role of families in ministry and service.


The University of the Nations also offers an Associate of Arts in Family Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in in Family Studies through the College of Education.  Please see that page for details and how to connect with an academic advisor to complete this degree.

Course Credits Type Number
Advanced Family Studies FLW Course FAM 351
Advanced Family Studies Field Assignment FLW Course FAM 352
Advanced Family Studies Intensive 2 FLW Seminar FAM 305
Advanced Family Studies Practicum FLW Course FAM 353
Bible and Family Integration Seminar FLW Seminar FAM 101
Family Studies - Family of Origin Model FLW Seminar FAM 152
Family Studies - Using the Genogram FLW Seminar FAM 151
Foundations for Family Life Seminar I 6 FLW Seminar FAM 121
Foundations for Family Studies FLW Course FAM 251
Foundations for Family Studies Field Assignment FLW Course FAM 252
Foundations for Family Studies Practicum FLW Course FAM 253
Marriage Enrichment Seminar FLW Seminar FAM 133
Worldview and Family Integration Seminar FLW Seminar FAM 102

The UofN uses two types of credits, FLW (full learning weeks) and LCU (learning component units).

FLW credits are used with traditional residential courses and one of these credits requires a minimum of 50 hours of documented learning activities; these include our normal lectures, small groups, one-on-ones, etc.; and some of these activities are nonformal, in addition to the classroom activities and study assignments.

LCU credits are used for part-time programs like evening courses, intensive seminars, distance learning and other non-residential courses. Each LCU credit requires 25 hours of focused learning activities which can be spread over a period of time.

Centre Representative

Christiaan Baas

Contact Details

Family Resource Centre
Mussenkampseweg 32
8181PK Heerde
The Netherlands


International Committee

  • Jongchel Hwang (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
  • Paul Marsh (Lausanne, Switzerland)