The Graduate Certificate in Ministry Leadership (G.C.M.L.) is an 21-hour academic program. The certificate provides advanced training in leadership for current and future pastors, ministry leaders in churches, managers in Christian organizations, business-as-mission entrepreneurs, missionaries, teachers, administrators and evangelists.
This program welcomes students with secular or Bible college degrees, with or without ministry experience, who are interested in leadership and desire to sharpen their skills, be challenged and make a significant impact for Christ and His kingdom around the world. Students are equipped to plan, organize, lead, resolve conflicts, assess, manage change and direct a variety of church and parachurch ministries in a local or global setting.
The program seeks to attain three types of outcomes in the life of the student: academic, professional and relational.
The academic outcome is a graduate who is a maturing follower of Christ who can engage in critical and constructive theological reflection and develop biblical and practical strategies for effective ministry leadership. This outcome is based on a solid foundation of leadership studies that will enable students to articulate, critically analyze and evaluate the historical, theoretical, practical, legal and ethical aspects of ministry leadership, including the principles, processes and strategies of ministry leadership in a local or global context.
The professional outcome is a program graduate who is a maturing follower of Christ who possesses developed and honed leadership skills. This outcome is based on a solid foundation of leadership studies that will enable students to exegete contexts and audiences, develop basic knowledge and skill in the use of modern technology in ministry, and analyze and build strategies for innovation and/or transformation of individuals, groups and organizations.
The relational outcome is a graduate who is a maturing follower of Christ who possesses developed interpersonal skills. This outcome is based on a solid foundation of leadership studies that will enable students to build group dynamic skills and to engage in relationship-fostering activities.
pastor, associate pastor, Christian education director, youth pastor, women's ministry director, Bible teacher, Bible researcher, missionary, church planter, Christian service organization employee, Christian school administrator, chaplain, relief worker, pastoral counselor and Christian camp director.
Certificate Core Courses
|BI 5500 Hermeneutics||3|
G.C.M.L. Emphasis Courses
|MN 5500 Introduction to Ministry Leadership||3|
|MN 5501 Developing Leaders and Managing Resources||3|
|MN 6600 Global Perspectives in Ministry Leadership for the 21st Century||3|
|MN 6601 Power, Conflict, Resolution and Transformational Leadership||3|
|MN 6602 Current Trends and Issues in Ministry Leadership||2|
|MN 7700 Harnessing Technology in Ministry||1|
|PS 6603 Pastoral Counseling||3|