Non-Degree Certificates

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Non-degree certificate programs offer enrichment and focus in a specific area of ministry at the non-graduate, non-accredited level. Programs are affordable and flexible and are designed to enhance personal and professional development.  Students considering seminary in the future should speak with an admissions counselor before enrolling.

Certificate in Christian Ministry Program Sheet
Training in Spiritual Direction Program Sheet


Certificate in Christian Ministry

The Certificate in Christian Ministry offers students the ability to concentrate their studies in a specific area of Christian ministry.  Two different course plans are offered for the Certificate in Christian Ministry--a 5-course or 10-course plan.  Students are encouraged to choose the certificate plan that best matches their educational background and prior ministry experience.  With the help of an advisor, individualized plans are developed for each student.  Students may either follow the general Certificate in Christian Ministry course of study or choose a specific area in which to concentrate their studies.  Areas include Bible, theology, pastoral care, youth ministry, family ministry, spiritual formation, community development, intercultural studies, leadership, and more.

Training in Spiritual Direction Program

The two-year, 12 credit hour Training in Spiritual Direction Program fills a unique need in our region by providing specialized training to individuals who accompany others on their life journeys—whether sacred or secular.  The program is divided into six course units and is spread out over the course of two years.  Class sessions are held on Monday evenings between September and May.  It is ideal for: The Training in Spiritual Direction Program is ideal for: lay ministers, mentors, chaplains, spiritual care givers (paid or volunteer), campus ministers, pastors, human resource directors, teachers, counselors, student development personnel, camp directors and coordinators, and retreat center directors.

If you are interested in learning more about non-degree certificates and if this option is right for you, please contact our Enrollment Team by calling 800.440.6227 or e-mailing