Certificate in Christian Ministries

At A Glance

6 Courses
1 Year
100% Online

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* All stated financial information is subject to change.

Deepen Your Faith and Strengthen Your Service

Be equipped to minister in a professional, bi-vocational or volunteer setting. Designed to provide an overview of historical, religious and cultural elements of the Christian faith, this certificate will prepare you as a leader who knows how to disciple others and guide spiritual formation. You’ll emerge with an excellent foundation for continued personal study, volunteer ministry work, discipleship at home and in the community, and continued studies at the graduate level.

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What Will I Study?

  • The importance of mission, both personal and corporate, as well as the danger of mission drift
  • What it means to pursue a deepening relationship with God and a transformational spiritual walk
  • C. S. Lewis’ impact on today’s Protestant church
  • The historical, religious, cultural and social elements that form the context of the stories and how a unique relationship of the Hebrew people with Yahweh developed
  • The teachings of Christ in a manner that engages the heart and the mind to promote spiritual growth
  • The leadership example Jesus Christ provided in his years of ministry as described in the New Testament

Why Study Christian Ministries?

  • Pursue professional or bi-vocational ministry
  • Add expertise to your volunteer ministry role
  • Bring an aspect of ministry to your current or future occupation, and/or
  • Demonstrate higher-level learning in this area to graduate schools


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.

In this course, students will explore the orthodoxy (right thinking), orthopraxy (right behaviors), and orthopathy (right feelings) of spiritual formation, asking such essential questions as, “Who am I?”, “How do I view God?”, and “How does my faith impact how I engage with those around me?” As students consider effective ways to articulate and communicate a deepening relationship with God, they will also explore specific spiritual practices and the art of discipling others within a faith community.

Once a self-described atheist scholar, C. S. Lewis has become one of the most widely read Christian apologists of all time. Best known for The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity, Lewis wrote more than 70 books in the mid-20th century. In this course, students will read a sampling of his nonfiction and his fiction as they explore the broader societal contexts and implications for his life and far-reaching influence.

Using selected books and portions of the Bible text, the Hebrew Bible will be studied with attention given to historic contexts, major religious themes, and literary forms of the Bible.

This course will examine the life of Jesus of Nazareth through the lens of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The course will situate the life of Jesus in the social, political and religious context of his time to understand the unique person and message of Jesus of Nazareth. It will examine the implications of his message for our time.

This course will consider leadership through a New Testament lens, exploring the example Jesus provided in his years of ministry as presented in the Gospels. Students will examine Jesus’ unwavering IQ (intelligence quotient), EQ (emotional quotient), and AQ (audience quotient), drawing connections between Jesus’ example found in the Gospels and current popular theories of effective business leadership.

How to Apply

  1. Apply Online

    Create an account with a username and password and complete the certificates application online for admission into any of the six certificate programs

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  2. Connect with an Admissions Counselor

    An admissions counselor will reach out about any next steps to get started in the certificate program.

  3. Pay Tuition Deposit

    To hold your spot, you’ll need to submit a $100 tuition deposit,* which will apply toward tuition for your first course.

    *A $100 tuition deposit is required for non-degree certificate students. The deposit is held on the student account and applied to satisfy costs of enrollment. If the student cancels or withdraws, the balance is applied first to outstanding costs and otherwise is forfeited.

  4. Enroll in Courses

    You’ll enroll in the first course of your certificate program!

Tuition and Financial Aid


Tuition for all online certificates costs $499 per credit hour. Each class is generally three credits. The total cost for the Certificate in Christian Ministries is $8,982 over a 12-month period.

Payment plans are available. Financial aid is not available for certificates at this time.

Keep Moving Forward


Credits you earn in this certificate program will count toward a bachelor’s degree in our Adult Degree Program. If you’re interested in learning more about applying credits to a bachelor’s degree, contact our adult degree admissions team today!


Leah Gomes

Leah Gomes

Admissions Counselor, Adult Degree Program