Certificate in Mission Advancement


The Certificate in Mission Advancement offers students an opportunity to explore concepts of identity, worldview, mission, calling, and mentorship in a university learning environment. In a 21st-century world where mission drift is increasingly the norm, how can we ensure we are holding firm to the values that undergird who we are, whether as individuals or as organizations?

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate program, students will be equipped to:

  1. Investigate the mentoring process and its application in the professional and community environments.
  2. Understand and apply the key principles of effective mentoring to their setting.
  3. Explain the importance of mission, both personal and corporate, as well as the danger of mission drift.
  4. Communicate an individual calling, both vocational and personal.
  5. Analyze and compare the worldviews that influence one’s understanding of faith, ethics, justice, and philosophy of work.
  6. Construct, articulate, and define a personal worldview that responds to and gives meaning to the ultimate questions of life.

Admission Requirements

An online application must be submitted and accepted before a student begins their first course. All courses in the Mission Advancement Certificate must be completed or approved through the Adult Degree Program.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit may be considered on a case-by-case basis after an application has been submitted.

Certificate Requirements

Complete the following:

Not all courses are offered every year. The certificate is successfully finished when all certificate courses are completed with grades of C- or better and a certificate GPA of 2.0 or above.
In this course, students will investigate concepts of worldview as it relates to personal identity, cultural assumptions, interpersonal communication, individual decision-making, and faith. Students will explore the roots of the Christian faith and the influence of Christianity on society, seeking to construct a personal worldview that informs their understanding of the meaning of life.
In this course, students will discuss personal mission, individual calling, and the danger of mission drift at both a personal and corporate level. In considering the groundwork that undergirds a clear sense of mission, students will explore what it means to live lives that are self-aware and intentional, identifying the impact of moral systems, ethical codes, values, beliefs, and biases on both individual decision-making and cultural assumptions.
This course is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to investigate the mentoring process and its application in professional and personal settings. Participants will explore mentor qualities, relationships, skills, and best practices for those who mentor others. There will be a specific emphasis on mentoring in the workplace, as well as mentoring in avocational settings. Students will discuss, demonstrate, and apply techniques and strategies that develop their mentoring skills.