Increasingly, large numbers of capable and committed Christians express the need for more depth and background in knowledge and experience in order to serve Christ more effectively. They also want to understand and appreciate the dimensions of their own faith to a greater extent. Some are not certain about their future vocations. Certificate programs offer a limited course of study, giving individuals a basis for deciding whether a church vocation might be what God desires for them.
The Certificate in Church Planting
The Certificate in Church Planting is designed to provide foundational training for individuals seeking to plant a new church. Those who complete the certificate will be prepared to develop a vision for a new church, organize teams and a support network to launch a new church, plan worship services and welcoming experiences, and create and implement systems to sustain a new church.
This certificate is awarded upon the completion of 7.5 semester credits. All courses run in a fully online format and do not require an on campus component for completion. The certificate can be completed in one academic year with one 3 credit course offered in the Fall, a 1.5 credit course offered in January Interim, and a 3 credit course offered in Spring. Courses do not need to be taken in a specific order. The Certificate in Church Planting is not eligible for financial aid. Requirements for the Certificate in Church Planting are below:
|ML531DE||Church Planting Vision and Preparation||3|
|ML533DE||Critical Worship Service Elements for Church Plants||1.5|
|ML535DE||Creating Sustainable Church Plants||3|
St. Paul Certificates
The Certificate in Theological Studies
The Certificate in Theological Studies is offered for those individuals who want more depth in biblical studies and theology to enhance their current ministries and occupations; for those needing biblical and theological studies for missions and parachurch organizations; or for individuals seeking direction regarding their future vocations who want a limited course of study to guide them in making a decision about vocational Christian ministry.
The Certificate in Theological Studies is awarded upon completion of 24 semester credits. It comprises three core courses and five electives. The 24 credit certificate can be completed in two years and requires the following courses:
The 24 credit certificate can be completed with either face to face courses or fully online in two years and requires the following courses:
|SP510||Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation||3|
|TS512||Systematic Theology I: God the Creator||3|
|or TS513||Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer|
|Electives||Any course at Bethel Seminary||15|
The Post-graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
The Post-graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy is awarded upon completion of up to 45 semester credits. Each student’s individualized course of study is dependent upon previous graduate-level coursework completed. This certificate is designed for professionals with master’s degrees from counseling or psychological services programs or master of divinity graduates with concentrations in Marriage and Family Studies who desire further academic specialization in the area of marriage and family therapy. It is designed to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in most states, but additional supervised clinical practice and the successful completion of a licensing examination are needed to obtain actual licensure. Certificate students are required to complete one 3-credit Bible/Theology course (Interpretation and the Interpreter) as well as non-credit assessment, formation, and practicum readiness activities required of M.A.M.F.T. students.
MF Concentration Courses
|MF611||Foundations of Marriage and Family Studies||3|
|MF612||Families in Context: Gender, Class and Culture||3|
|MF613||Dynamics of Family Interaction: Sexuality, Spirituality and Socialization||3|
|MF621||Individual Development Within the Family||3|
|MF622||Individual and Family Psychopathology I||3|
|MF623||Individual and Family Psychopathology II||3|
|MF624||Challenges over the Family Life Cycle||3|
|MF631||Professional and Ethical Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy||3|
|MF641||Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy||3|
|MF642||Couple and Family Assessment||3|
|MF643||Advanced Clinical Issues||3|
|MF651||Research Design & Evaluation in Marriage & Family Therapy||3|
|MF711||Supervised Clinical Experience I||3|
|MF712||Supervised Clinical Experience II||3|
|Practicum Readiness Process|
|MFT-specific formation assessments|
In addition to regular seminary application materials, MFT certificate applicants need two references from supervisors or professional work experience; a personal profile; and a 1,500-2,000 word paper discussing personal family experience. A group interview is also required of all qualified applicants. The application deadline is April 1.
The Certificate in Young Life Youth Ministry
The certificate in Young Life Youth Ministry is intended for students who are serving as staff in the Young Life organization. Certificate requirements include:
|BT510||Hermeneutics (to be taken at Bethel Seminary)||3|
|Select any five Young Life staff training courses approved for credit at Bethel Seminary:|
|DC645YL||Foundations of Youth Ministry||3|
|DC646YL||Communicating the Gospel to Teens||3|
|ML612YL||Leadership I (Young Life Staff Training)||3|
|ML613YL||Leadership II (Young Life Staff Training)||3|
|PC607YL||The Minister as Person (Young Life Staff Training)||3|
San Diego Certificates
The Certificate in Anglican Studies
The Certificate in Anglican Studies is awarded upon completion of 21 credits. The certificate requires the following courses:
|ML679||Worship in the Prayer Book Tradition||3|
|TS674||Ministry with the Sacraments||3|
|TS/HS 690||Anglican Theology and History||3|
|Select one preaching course||3|
|Select one Old Testament course||3|
|Select one New Testament course||3|
The Certificate in Ministry
The Certificate in Ministry is awarded upon completion of 21 credits (12 credits for students who have a prior seminary degree; see below). This program is designed to offer those individuals who desire more depth and background knowledge in a specialized vocational area in order to minister more effectively. Three foundational courses (3 credits each) are required for students who do not have a prior seminary degree: Hermeneutics (BT510), Systematic Theology I: God the Creator (TS512), and a Spiritual Formation elective. The remaining concentration courses (12 credits total) will be selected from one of the four MA in Ministry concentrations: Anglican Studies, Chaplaincy, Pastoral Care, or Missional Leadership.
The Certificate in Christian Studies
The Certificate in Christian Studies is awarded upon completion of 21 credits. The goal of this program, which emphasizes foundational coursework (biblical, historical, and theological studies), is to nurture more informed, whole and holy laypersons for the blessing of church congregations and their witness to the world. Its purposes are to strengthen their faith and understanding, and to equip them to teach and lead with godly wisdom. The 21 required credits must include: at least 3 credits in Biblical Studies; at least 3 credits in Historical Studies or Theological Studies; at least 3 credits in Christian Ethics; and at least 3 credits in Christian Spirituality. Overall, at least 12 of the 21 credits must be from foundational disciplines. Only courses taken for credit will count toward the certificate. All 21 required credits must be taken at Bethel; coursework from other institutions is not transferable. Students who later choose to pursue a Bethel degree after receiving this certificate could receive transfer credit for courses taken if applicable to their specific degree program.