Certificate Programs

These challenging certificate programs can greatly expand your preparation for serving Christ and His Church. They are designed to better equip you to fulfill God’s call on your life. Courses are offered through eBerkshire and may be accessed through Local Learning Centers as well. Specific requirements for each program are described below. However, a Certificate Application must be completed along with references for either certificate program.

For more information, contact the Manager of Distance Education/Learning.

Leadership Development Certificate Program

The Leadership Development Certificate curriculum is designed to provide basic knowledge of the Scripture and skills to more effectively interpret and apply the Bible and related material as you teach and lead others.

Goals of completing this certificate are to enable you to:

  • Apply sound principles of interpretation in studying the Bible
  • Understand Scripture in its historical context
  • Understand the application of Scripture to practical, real-life situations
  • Explain the Christian faith more adequately
  • Cultivate Scriptural principles of Church Leadership

The Leadership Development Certificate Program consists of eight courses (5 required courses and 3 electives).


Required Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 3

* These two courses are to be taken first before registering for any of the other courses for this certificate.

Pastoral Studies Certificate Program

The Pastoral Studies Certificate curriculum is designed to provide you with many of the basic skills needed to minister effectively in today’s world.

The goals of completing this certificate are to enable you to:

  • Interpret and communicate the teachings of Scripture more accurately
  • Understand and carry out some of the basic functions of pastoral ministry
  • Lead others in the utilization of their gifts for Christian service
  • Understand and appreciate the heritage of the Advent Christian Church
  • Better understand the church and its global mission

The Pastoral Studies Certificate Program consists of ten courses (7 required courses and 3 electives).


Required Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 3

* These two courses are to be taken first before registering for any of the other courses for this certificate.