Course offerings through our distance education program provide learning opportunities that fit within your schedule and commitments. We are committed to supporting students as they pursue their educational, ministerial, and personal goals. We offer courses online through eBerkshire, hybrid and Local Learning Centers (a classroom-like setting).
You may take selected courses from your own home … or wherever you have access to the internet. eBerkshire courses address issues faced by pastors, lay leaders in the church and Christians everywhere. These courses facilitate examination of the Bible in ways that will enrich students’ lives.
Courses range from Making Peace, to The Sweep of God’s Story: Survey of the Old Testament to Resurrection, Restoration, and Reconciliation (formerly Introduction Advent Christian Theology). The newest course is Leadership: Engaging Others in the Journey. Each course reflects is college level expectations.
Tuition per course is $525 (scholarships are available for eligible applicants). Once registered, students are given online access to our learning system where they will interact with other students and faculty members. For more information please email Debra Welkley, Distance Education/Learning Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two certificate programs are offered by Berkshire for pastors, church leaders, and others wishing to grow in their faith and education to expand service to Christ and His Church.
A Leadership Development Certificate is designed for individuals who may not feel called to being a pastor, but do sense God guiding them into leadership. The program is designed to provide a grounding in the knowledge of Scripture while also building Christian leadership skills.
Individuals who are responding to God’s call into ministry as a pastor, will benefit from the Pastoral Studies Certificate. This program also provides foundational courses relative to Scripture as well as skills that are paramount for ministers in today’s communities as well as an internship with a designated mentor.
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Local Learning Centers
Classroom education is offered at various churches and has the advantage of in-person discussion and interaction. Course offerings can be arranged at a location where a group of students (10 or more) register for the course. Berkshire provides a qualified instructor to guide the learning sessions. In some cases, several churches cooperate together to offer a LLC course.
Additionally, “hybrid” offerings may be a part of the local learning centers, where some of the course work is done online. Students meet together periodically with the instructor who guides and facilitates group sharing and input throughout the course. Hybrid courses also require a minimum of 10 students who are able to travel to a central location.
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Distance Education Success
“Having completed the course, ‘Dealing with Church Conflict’ through eBerkshire, I have acquired a new appreciation for the pastorate in the 21st century. I highly recommend this class for both new and seasoned pastors.”
Bill Norwood, Ed.D., Advent Christian Central Region Superintendent, former public school principal
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