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 (LLC) as well. Specific requirements for each program are described below. However, a Certificate Application must be completed along with references for either certificate program. Two certificate programs are offered by Berkshire for pastors, and church leaders, and others wishing to grow in their faith and education to expand service to Christ and His Church.

Additionally, “hybrid” offerings may be a part of the LLCs, where some of the coursework is done online and some of the learning occurs in the face-to-face setting. 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.

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

Leadership Development Certificate Program

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.

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 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.

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.

 

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