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Certificate in Christian Ministry Program

The Certificate in Christian Ministry program is a two-year course of study, offering 36 units of college credit divided into four semesters, two intensive intersessions and eight leadership/mentoring sessions. Fall semester meets September to December, and the Spring semester meets February to May. Intensive intersessions are held for three days in January. Leadership cohort sessions meet two times during each session with the assigned Cohort Leader/Mentor.


The program is designed to provide a dynamic, interactive, supportive setting that will increase the knowledge and skills of students in Christian Ministry. The cohort model of learning offers a strong sense of community, where students can develop lasting personal and professional
relationships; exposure to diverse perspectives; opportunities for spiritual growth; and a greater chance of success in completing the program. Students meet one night per week or Saturday mornings for instruction during the semester, and must attend a 3-day session in January. The cohort also meets once a month for fellowship and lunch/dinner before/after class with the cohort leader. Students are mentored and guided by a Cohort Leader. Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 15 students per cohort. Application process will include an interview with the Leadership Institute staff. Students will be notified of acceptance in writing.


Year One

Fall Semester

  • Introduction to Old Testament I
  • Introduction to Christian Theology

Intersession I

Leadership in the Church

Reading, Writing and Reasoning (Writing Reflection Papers)
*other topics/lectures/workshops to be added

Spring Semester

  • Introduction Old Testament II
  • Black Theology

Year Two

Fall Semester

  • Introduction to New Testament I
  • Introduction to Pastoral Care

Intersession II

Leadership in the Community

Reading, Writing & Reasoning

*other lectures/topics to be added

Spring Semester

  • Introduction to New Testament II
  • New Testament Greek


- Completed application and payment of application fee, tuition
- High School Diploma or GED Certificate
- Interview with LIAT Administrator