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Certificate in Ministry

The Certificate in Ministry is a primarily online program for those who seek substantive theological education but who are not planning to pursue study in a degree program. To earn the certificate you must take seven courses. If you want to be more prepared for a church leadership role or you simply wish to enrich your personal biblical and theological understanding, you will be well-served by the CIM program. For potential lay leaders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the CIM may meet requirements for Commissioned Ruling Elder.

Courses that are offered
  • Church History  
  • Theology 
  • Worship and Preaching (online with some on campus instruction)
  • Christian Education (online with some on campus instruction)
  • Pastoral Care and Leadership  
  • PC(USA) Polity  
  • Introducing Christian Ethics  
  • Evangelism
  • Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
  • New Testament

Additional courses are in development

Upcoming Courses

Winter 2020: January 6 - March 13
CIM.12 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Professor Paul Hooker

Spring 2020: March 23 - May 29
CIM.03 Worship and Preaching, Professor Carolyn B. Helsel
CIM.13 New Testament, Professor Bridgett Green

Fall 2020: September 8 - November 13
CIM.01 Church History, Professor David Johnson
CIM.07 PC(USA) Polity, Professor Paul Hooker 


How to Apply

If you are interested in this program, please fill out the "Apply Now" form at right. Please allow up to two weeks for us to process your application. Once you have been admitted to the program, you will be emailed information to register for a course.


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