Program Overview
For Certificate Programs in Specialized Ministries

Certificate programs are comprised of eight courses. The programs are designed to be completed in one year of full-time residential study or in two to four years through distributive learning and online courses. Through a new application process, students who have completed a certificate program may apply their course work toward a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree.

These certificate programs are designed to equip lay leaders across denominational lines. When completed along with a Lutheran Confessions course, they also qualify as the educational requirement for certification as an Associate in Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. (See Candidacy Process for Professional Lay Ministry .)

Bible, History of Christianity, and Systemic Theology

The certificate program in Bible, History of Christianity, and Systematic Theology is designed for people who desire a basic grounding in Christian theology and tradition. A student may concentrate in Old Testament, New Testament, History of Christianity, or Systematic Theology or choose a combination of courses in these areas.

Children, Youth, and Family Ministry

The certificate program in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry is designed for people who desire a basic grounding in children’s and youth and family ministry. A student may concentrate in Children, Youth, Family Ministry or choose a combination of courses in these areas. This certificate may be earned in a distributed learning or residential format.

Congregational and Community Care

The certificate program in Congregational and Community Care is designed for people who desire to focus on the various aspects of care giving ministry. A student may concentrate in a specific area of ministry or take a combination of courses from across the disciplines within Congregational and Community Care. Students interested in aging and health ministries or in Parish Nursing should refer to information on those certificate programs. This certificate may be earned in a distributed learning or residential format.

Parish Nursing

The certificate program in Parish Nursing is designed for those in the health ministries to deepen their theological integration of faith and health. The program encourages the development of leadership skills through both course work and contextual learning, including the option of Clinical Pastoral Education. A unit of CPE may be substituted for 1.0 course in the student’s concentration area. This certificate may be earned in a distributed learning or residential format.

Parish Nursing Admissions Requirements
Admissions requirements for the certificate in parish nursing are the same as those for other certificate programs, with these exceptions:

  1. Nurses without a bachelor’s degree may substitute a current RN license.
  2. Students must have completed the Parish Nurse Preparation Course prior to enrolling in the graduate certificate program.

Congregational Mission and Leadership

The certificate program in Congregational Mission and Leadership is designed for people who are interested in deepening their theological knowledge and leadership skills for a variety of the outreach ministries of faith communities.

Methodist Studies

This certificate program in Methodist Studies is designed to meet the educational needs of people who are preparing for ministry in Methodist churches. Some courses are taught in cooperation with United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Those seeking ordination are urged to meet with the point person for Methodist Studies or the Student Resource Center to ensure they meet denominational requirements.