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Certificate Programs for Graduate Studies

The Certificate for Graduate Studies program is designed to provide continuing education opportunities for ministers and lay leadership who wish to enhance their competency in specific areas through graduate level education without the commitment to complete a degree. These certificates provide training in specific areas, such as Expository Preaching, Leadership, or Evangelism. The Certificate program can also facilitate the completion of any graduate degree by applying credits earned to respective degree requirements.

Certificate Components and Requirements

To earn a certificate in a given area requires 12 credit hours or 4 classes. Classes can be taken in any available delivery system. This includes distance learning courses, courses offered at our branch campuses, classes offered at the main Springfield campus, or any combination of these.

Ministry Certificates

  • Leadership
  • Expository Preaching
  • Leading Multi- and Cross-cultural Ministries
  • Evangelism
  • AG Certified Ministerial Credentialing Certificate (18 credits required)
  • College Campus Ministry
  • Islamic Studies

Bible/Theology Certificates

  • Biblical Foundations
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies
  • Theology

The applicant must have a BA degree with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA to be considered for admissions. Applicants for this program should follow the non-degree seeking admissions requirements.

Students will notify the Registrar when they have completed sufficient courses for a particular certificate.

Certificate Program Classes

Choose from the following courses:

Ministry Certificates

Leadership

 

 

Choose one of the following:

3

 

 

PTH 559 Relational Dynamics in Ministrya

 

 

 

PTH 557 Spiritual Formation of the Minister

 

 

 

PTH 558 Journey toward Personal Wholeness

 

 

 

PTH 623 Effective Relationships in Ministry

 

 

Choose three of the following:

9

 

 

PTH 528 Vision-Centered Leadership and Managementb

 

 

 

PTH 542 Women in Ministry

 

 

 

PTH 624 Leading Change and Revitalizing Ministries

 

 

 

PTH 625 Effective Leadershipb

 

 

 

PTH 650 Building a Disciple-Making Ministryb

 

 

 

PTH 653 Leadership Christian Ministries

 

 

 

PTH/MCS 654 Pentecostal Perspectives on Justice, the Church, and Society

 

 

 

 

 

Expository Preaching

 

 

HOM 529 Communicating the Message I

3

 

Choose three of the following:

9

 

 

HOM/BOT 620 Expository Preaching in Pentateuch/Historical Books

 

 

 

HOM/BOT 621 Expository Preaching in Prophets & Apocalypse

 

 

 

HOM/BOT 622 Expository Preaching in Psalms & Wisdom Literature

 

 

 

HOM/BNT 623 Expository Preaching in Gospels & Acts

 

 

 

HOM/BNT 624 Expository Preaching in the Epistles

 

 

 

HOM 633 Communicating the Message II

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Multi- and Cross-cultural Ministries

 

 

Choose two of the following:

6

 

 

MCS/MHT 643 Anthropology and Communication in Theological Perspectiveb

 

 

 

MCS/MHT 642 Contextualized Theology

 

 

 

MHT 501 Mission of God in Biblical/Contemporary Contextsb

 

 

 

MHT 635 Pentecostal Theology of Leadership Developmentb

 

 

Choose two of the following:

6

 

 

MCS 639 Intercultural/Urban Ministriesb

 

 

 

MCS 545 Engaging Islamb

 

 

 

PTH 622 Communicating Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Societya

 

 

 

MSS 639 Special Studies

 

 

 

 

 

Evangelism

 

 

PTH 551 Effective Evangelism & Assimilationb

3

 

PTH 622 Communicating Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Societya

3

 

Choose two of the following:

6

 

 

PTH 530 Establishing New Churches

 

 

 

PHI 631/THE 628 Apologeticsa

 

 

 

MCS 545 Engaging Islamb

 

 

 

 

 

AG Certified Ministerial Credentialing Certificate (18 credits required)

 

 

BNT 530 New Testament Introductiona

3

 

BOT 530 Old Testament Introductiona

3

 

HIS 532 The History and Polity of the Assemblies of God

3

 

MHT 501 Mission of God in Biblical and Contemporary Setting

3

 

PTH 557 Spiritual Formation of the Minister

3

 

THE 511 Christian Theology or THE 531 Systematic Theology I or II (THE 532)a

3

 

 

 

 

College Campus Ministry

 

 

Choose one of the following:

3

 

 

PTH 528 Vision-Centered Leadership and Managementb

 

 

 

PTH 625 Effective Leadershipb

 

 

 

PTH 653 Leadership Christian Ministries

 

 

Choose three of the following:

9

 

 

PHI 631/THE 628 Apologeticsa

 

 

 

PTH 551 Effective Evangelism & Assimilation

 

 

 

PTH 557 Spiritual Formation of the Minister
PTH 559 Relational Dynamics in Ministrya

 

 

 

PTH 622 Communicating Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Societya

 

 

 

PTH 650 Building a Disciple-Making Ministryb

 

 

 

 

 

Islamic Studies

 

           Required to take first:

   

  3

 

             MCS 545 Engaging Islam

 

           Choose three of the following:

   

9

 

             MCS 554 Folk Islam and Power Encounter

 

 

 

             MCS 552 Women in Islam

 

 

 

             MSS 643 Church Planting in Muslim Contexts

 

 

 

             MHT/THE 649 Christian-Muslim Theological Issues

 

 

             MCS 553 Islam in the United States

 

 

             MSS 636 Christology in Christian and Islamic Theology

 

Bible/Theology Certificates

Biblical Foundations

 

 

BOT 530 Old Testament Introductiona

3

 

BNT 530 New Testament Introductiona

3

 

BIB 532 Hermeneutics 

3

 

Choose one of the following:

3

 

 

BTH 532 New Testament Theology

 

 

 

THE 511 Christian Theology

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Testament

 

 

BNT 530 New Testament Introductiona

3

 

Choose three of the following:

9

 

 

BNT 533 Studies in the Letters of Paul

 

 

 

BNT 540 Studies in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts

 

 

 

BNT 541 Studies in the Johannine Literature

 

 

 

BNT 542 Studies in the General Letters

 

 

 

BNT 641 Specialized Exegetical Studies in the New Testament

 

 

 

BTH 532 New Testament Theology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Testament

 

 

BOT 530 Old Testament Introductiona

3

 

Choose three of the following:

9

 

 

BOT 531 Studies in the Pentateuch

 

 

 

BOT 538 Studies in the Prophetical Books

 

 

 

BOT 539 Studies in the Historical Books

 

 

 

BOT 540 Studies in the Wisdom and Poetical Books

 

 

 

BOT 641 Specialized Exegetical Studies in the Old Testament

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies

 

 

PCS 528 Pentecostal and Charismatic Movementsb

3

 

Choose three of the following:

9

 

 

PCS 533 The Holy Spirit in the New Testament Church

 

 

 

PCS 534 The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

 

 

 

PCS 538 The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament

 

 

 

PCS 546 Initial Evidence and Spirit Baptism

 

 

 

PCS 633 Divine Healing

 

 

 

PCS 635 The Theology and Practice of Spiritual Giftsb

 

 

 

THE/PCS 621 The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

 

 

 

 

 

Theology

 

 

Choose four of the following:

 

 

 

BTH 530 Old Testament Theology

 

 

 

BTH 532 New Testament Theology

 

 

 

THE 531 Systematic Theology Ia

 

 

 

THE 532 Systematic Theology IIa

 

 

 

THE 623 God, Revelation & Truth (requires THE 531 or equivalent)

 

 

 

THE 624 Christ and Humanity in the Plan of God (requires THE 531 or equivalent)

 

 

 

THE 625 Church, End Times and Eternity (requires THE 532 or equivalent)

 

 

 

THE 628/PHI 631 Apologeticsa

 

 

 

THE/PCS 621 The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

 

 

 

THE/PCS 633 Divine Healing

 

 

 

THE/PTH 622 Communicating Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Societya

 

 

 

PHI 633 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Society

 

a  Available in distance format
b  Available in week-long or weekend module format

Financial Information

The tuition cost for the Certificate Programs for Graduate Studies is $400 per credit hour and can be paid over a four-month payment plan. If the certificate credits are transferred into a master’s degree program, the student will be back-charged the difference between the regular price and the discounted certificate rate. These charges will reflect the cost of tuition that exists while the student was taking the certificate courses. In addition, the application fee will be waived for those certificate students who decide to transfer into a master’s program.
 
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