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Our Certificate Program, bundles courses into specialized areas of ministry. This enables students to focus their studies, thereby receiving specialized training and equipping for practical ministry. Certificates of Ministry are earned by successfully completing the five courses listed within each particular area of study.

  1. Students may take as many certificate tracks during their course of study as desired to equip themselves for practical ministry. Courses do not have to be completed in the order listed.

  2. Courses taken toward the completion of a certificate will also apply toward earning a degree.

  3. Successful completion of a second certificate will also qualify a student to apply for the first year Diploma of Theology. 

  4. Students can customize a certificate to meet their specific area of training need.

  5. For selected courses in the Certificate Program to qualify toward the appropriate certificate, each student must attend online classes, hear all lectures, read the textbook, and successfully complete the examination. He or she must receive a passing grade on each course and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

The following list includes Vertical Church University ministry certificates.

 

Certificates of Ministry offer concentrated study in the following areas:

BT505 Introduction to Biblical Studies
OT115   Survey of the Old Testament I
OT120  Survey of the Old Testament II
NT115   Survey of the New Testament I
NT120  Survey of the New Testament II

5 Course

15 Units

Certificate of Ministry in Biblical Studies

BT105   Back to Basics, Judson Cornwall
BT440 God’s Eternal Plan, Fuchsia Pickett
BT510   Laying the Foundation, James Beall
BT571   A New Testament Study of Grace, Larry Linkous
BT726  Biblical Theology of the Kingdom, James Hodges

5 Courses

15 Units

Certificate of Ministry in Theological Foundations

BT108 Theology: The Nature, Essence and Attributes of God, Mike Chapman

BT321 Christology, Sandra Kennedy
BT502 Systematic Theology I, John Durden
BT625 Eschatology I, Ian Bond
BT945 Ecclesiology II, Larry Pyle

5 Courses

15 Units

Certificate of Ministry in Systematic Theology

PT519 The Bible and Hospitality, Doris Asbury
PT535 Practical Ministry Principles, Ken Gaub
PT595 The Emerging Missional Church, Greg Williamson
PT690 Relational Team Building, David Baldwin
PT727 Building Churches That Last, Larry Asplund

5 Courses

15 Units

Certificate of Ministry in Pastoral Ministry

BT451  Developing Sound Hermeneutics, Ian Bond
PT201  Preaching, Ronald Cottle
PT340 Dynamics of Effective Communication, Randal Langley
PT501  Expository Preaching, Ronald Cottle
PT590 Teaching: A Biblical Perspective, Charles Clark

5 Course

15 Units

Certificate of Ministry in Preaching & Teaching

PT136  Leaders Under Construction, Mark Allen
PT235 A Biblical Understanding of Leadership, Ray Shackelford
PT322 Leadership Principles VII, Ronald Cottle
PT350 Courage to Lead, Morris Sheats
PT511   21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

5 Courses

15 Units

Certificate of Ministry in Leadership Studies

PT255 Leadership Principles I, Ronald Cottle
PT420 Strengthening Leaders, Paul Estes
PT555 Leadership Principles II, Ronald Cottle
PT675 Cultivating Kingdom Champions, David Baldwin
PT705 Leadership Principles V, Ronald Cottle

5 Course

15 Units

Certificate in Ministry in Advanced Leadership Studies

CC150  Introduction to Biblical Counseling, Mike Chapman
CC176  Foundations of Christian Counseling, Leroy Judd
CC511   Interpersonal Relationships and Personality Patterns, David Baldwin
CC520 Resolving Conflict and Anger God’s Way, William Graybill
CC960 Journey Toward Wholeness, Don Crossland

5 Courses

15 Units

Certificate of Ministry in Biblical Counseling

PT251  You Can Be Emotionally Healed, Morris Sheats
CC303 The Road to Restoration, Carol Fallaw
CC505 Healing the Wounded Heart, Jack Frost
CC510  Experiencing the Father’s Embrace, Jack Frost
PT561  No Longer a Victim, Lynn Lucas

5 Course

15 Units

Certificate of Ministry in Advanced Biblical Counseling

CC310 A Study of Christian Marriage and Child-Training, Gary Beasley
CC451 Portrait of Christian Marriage and Family, Michael Murray
CC525 Biblical Building Blocks for Marriage and Family, Scott & Cheryl Scheer
CC555 Godly Foundations for Parenting, Larry Keefauver
CC660 You Can Have a Happy Family, Morris Sheats

5 Courses

15 Units

Certificate of Ministry in Marriage & Family Studies