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.
Certificate in Biblical Studies
The goal of this certificate, which emphasizes foundational coursework in biblical studies, is to nurture more informed, whole and holy people for the blessing of church congregations and their witness to the world. Its purpose is to strengthen faith and understanding,and to equip people to teach and lead with godly wisdom.
The Certificate in Biblical Studies is awarded upon completion of nine credits in the areas of biblical interpretation and surveys of the Old and New Testaments. All three required courses must be taken at Bethel, and only courses taken for credit will apply toward the certificate. Coursework from other institutions is not transferable. After receiving this certificate, students who later choose to pursue a Bethel degree, may receive credit toward their specific degree program for courses taken, if applicable.
|NT 516||New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation||3|
|OT 516||Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings||3|
Certificate in Children's, Youth, and Family Ministry
The Certificate in Children's, Youth and Family Ministry will provide students with a solid foundation for those serving in Children's, Youth and Family Ministry. The Certificate allows students to experience the leadership development offered at Bethel Seminary with a four course option. It will focus on developing the head, heart and hands of ministry leaders who serve children, youth and families in church and community. Should graduates wish to continue on into the M.A. in Children's, Youth and Families, their Certificate will fold seamlessly into this degree.
|CF 510||Introduction to Children's, Youth and Family Ministry||3|
|CF 610||Ministry with Families throughout the Life Cycle||3|
|SP 525||Spiritual Formation for the Children's, Youth and Family Ministry Leader||3|
|PC 632||Pastoral Care of Children, Youth and Families||3|
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 comprises three core courses and five electives.The 24-credit certificate can be completed in two years with either face-to-face or fully online courses. The following courses are required for the certificate:
|SP 001||Formation Assessments: Masters Level||0|
|SP 510||Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation||3|
|TS 512||Systematic Theology I: God the Creator||3|
|or TS 513||Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer|
|Electives||Any master's level course at Bethel Seminary||15|