Certificate in Theology and Ministry
Online Program Overview
The Certificate in Theology and Ministry is a fully online program taught by Princeton Theological Seminary faculty. It is designed for people engaged in ministry who seek deeper theological understanding and personal enrichment. This online program allows leaders to ground their ministries—both personal and professional—in relevant and scholarly theological education. Students begin with a short introductory course and then proceed with four courses exploring aspects of Old and New Testament studies, Theology, and World Christianity. All courses are taught by seminary faculty. Learning is supported by doctoral teaching fellows and a cohort of peers.
Is The Certificate in Theology and Ministry program right for you? Past certificate students represent ministries such as bible study leaders, elders, deacons, Christian educators, minsters, youth directors, lay pastors, worship leaders, ushers, and Sunday school teachers. Their professions include physician, fitness instructor, teacher, retiree, lawyer, accountant, writer, and more. A bachelor’s degree is preferred but the minimum education requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent. The program is not intended for those who already have a seminary degree.
We also offer a cohort of the Certificate in Theology and Ministry that meets weekly in Garden State Youth Correctional Facility. Instead of learning online, a cohort of incarcerated and community students learn together in the prison. Interested in being a community student in this cohort? Learn more here.
Faculty & Courses
In the Certificate in Theology and Ministry program, students undertake five courses taught by seminary faculty and supported by doctoral teaching fellows. The introductory course is one week long and each core course is four weeks long. Throughout the program, students engage with the material through recorded video, readings, writing assignments, peer discussions, and case study engagement. Students can expect to spend 8 – 12 hours/week on the material. Each faculty member offers three two-hour Live sessions, normally Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. eastern time. Teaching Fellows provide written feedback to online course work and one live online small precept discussion per course. The Certificate is Pass/Fail.
There are three books to purchase for the course.
About the Bible: Short Answers to Big Questions
Revised and Expanded Edition, Terence Fretheim (Augsburg Books 2009)
The Story Luke Tells: Luke’s Unique Witness to the Gospel
Justo L. Gonzalez (Eerdmans 2015)
Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith
Ronald E. Heine (Baker Academic 2013)
Dates & Application
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