Online Certificate in Ministry Leadership

A holistic education—one that fosters the development of “heart, soul, mind and strength” in preparation for effective ministry—is a first priority at the Northwest University College of Ministry. The Certificate of Ministry Leadership is designed to address the challenge of continuing education in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world, preparing students for volunteer or vocational ministry. Combining theology and practice, this certificate is offered in an innovative Bible-centered environment. Completion of the program meets the educational requirements for certification, licensing and ordination credential levels with the Assemblies of God.

Program highlights

• Flexibility: Earn your certificate in only two years with coursework designed to fit with your career and personal life. Taking only one course at a time, with a break during the month of December, you’ll be equipped for effective ministry with an education that accommodates your schedule.

• Community: Benefit from a cohort structure, characterized by a small group of students working together and encouraging each other within an interactive online environment that empowers Christian leadership formation and development of community.

• Quality: Learn from proficient faculty members who offer both academic qualifications as well as real-life experience in their teaching fields.

• Opportunity: Alternatively or in support of the certificate program, online courses are also open to students interested in further study for personal enrichment. Students can register individually for any course available online if necessary prerequisite courses have been met.

• Relevance: Build valuable skills that directly apply to your ministry work, including biblical literacy and exegetical skills, critical thinking, sensitivity toward diversity as well as effective leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills.

Program courses

Old Testament History and Literature: Covers the basic structure and content of the Old Testament, a core history of Israel, interpretive approaches, and essential theological themes.

New Testament History and Literature: Surveys the New Testament, beginning with a discussion of pertinent topics such as language, canon and text, and a review of its historical and social contexts. Examines the major literary units that form the New Testament: the Gospels and Acts, the Pauline and General Epistles, and Revelation.

Biblical Interpretation: Provides an intellectual framework for biblical interpretation, develops skills for ongoing study of the Bible and lays a foundation for communicating its message. Teaches general principles and methods which apply to Scripture as a whole, as well as specific ones necessary to interpret certain types (genres) of biblical material such as narrative, epistle, poetry, and prophecy.

Corinthian Correspondence: Studies the correspondence between Paul and the developing urban church at Corinth.

The Church in Ministry: Introduces a study of what the church is and what it does, including an overview of the biblical theology of the nature and mission of the church. Examines biblical teachings concerning ministry, including the giftedness of all believers for ministry and the concept of a divinely called clergy. Explores the roles of various church leaders as well as the various functions and programs of the church.

Pastoral Care and Counseling: Provides theological perspectives and psychological resources for care and counseling in the context of the local congregation.

Preaching I: Focuses on the development and delivery of biblical sermons through examining many models of preaching, including exegetical, topical, textual, biographical and narrative sermons. Students gain preaching skills through learning effective methods of sermon preparation, delivering three in-class sermons and visiting several area congregations.

Ministry Leadership: Studies the theories and functions of leadership, motivation, strategic planning and change applied to the church and other ministry organizations. Special attention is given to examining the styles of leadership, theories of motivation, strategic planning processes as well as methods of effective personal and organizational change.

Ministry Administration: Examines the theories and functions of organization, administration, management and legal issues applied to the church and other ministry organizations. Special attention is given to the roles and responsibilities of ministry leaders, such as boards and committees. Additionally, the administrative processes; human relations and communication; the recruitment, training and management of vocational and volunteer staff members as well as the budgeting and allocation of resources are also covered.

Christian Thought: Explores basic Christian doctrine as found in the evangelical expression of the church, with which the Assemblies of God in broad perspective identifies itself. Focuses on doctrine derived from orthodox/evangelical stances, with special attention given to the statement of Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God.

Pentecostal Spirituality: Analyzes spiritual experiences through key Pentecostal beliefs regarding the personal nature of God, the end times (eschatology), God’s gracious acts and the call to participate with the work of God in creation. Investigates important experiences including prayer, baptism, communion and Spirit baptism with the goal of knowing, loving and communing more with God.

Theology of Ministry Essentials: Grounds the local church ceremonies and ordinances of infant dedication, water baptism, communion, weddings and funerals in a biblical theology and guides the vocational minister in how to prepare for and conduct them. Includes labs plus field trips to local churches and a mortuary.

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