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Online Learning

You don’t have to drop your fishing nets and follow Jesus to seminary! Austin Seminary offers rich online education for those who wish to deepen their understanding of Christian faith and practices. Courses curated by our faculty and staff are designed to prepare you for a leadership role in your community of faith.

Creativity, Hope, and Trauma

In these two free e-courses you will find practices that can begin to help the body move through trauma, including breathwork and simple movements.

Doing Justice: Racism

Engage in courageous conversations with other Christian leaders and learners who are wrestling with this complex issue in order to deepen your understanding of the biblical, theological, and sociological perspectives held by others. 

The ABCs of Diversity

A more just future begins with our children. This e-course was developed to help you talk to children of all ages on topics such as race, gender, class, religion, political affiliation, ability, nationality, and sexual orientation.

Saving Us: Q&A with a Hopeful Climate Scientist

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe shares that "the data tells us the planet is warming; the science is clear that humans are responsible; the impacts we’re seeing today are already serious; and our future is in our hands." Yet, most people aren't talking about climate change.

The Truth in Our Stories

Immigration continues to be a complex and polarizing issue. How can we find common ground? Come listen to "The Truth in Our Stories," and hear the voices of people directly impacted by immigration and then consider how we are being called by Christ to respond. 

Undocumented Stories

Undocumented Stories seeks to help you have an impact on your community or congregation through storytelling events and a traveling gallery, giving voice to the men, women, and children who daily suffer under current U.S. immigration policies. 

Join EBW Springs!

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EBW Springs is an online gathering space bubbling with refreshing ideas that refresh you. Part online learning platform, part social connection hub, EBW Springs offers e-courses, groups focused on things that matter to you, and thought-provoking conversation threads. We invite you to dive in or just get your toes wet. Come to EBW Springs and:

  • Engage in theological education that meets you where you are and helps you go where you are being called.
  • Connect with people who share your interests and who care about the same topics.
  • Exchange experiences, insights and ideas around our shared mission of transformation.
  • Find a little inspiration for your journey.

Certificate Programs

Certificate in Ministry

Students enrolled in the Certificate in Ministry program will take classes in Bible and theology, preaching and worship, Christian education, and pastoral care and leadership. All classes are developed and taught by Austin Seminary faculty. All are offered online and one or two require brief times together with other students and faculty on campus. The certificate may meet requirements for Commissioned Ruling Elders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Learn what courses are offered for the upcoming semester, and learn about the procedure for enrolling in the Certificate in Ministry program here.

Certificate in Jewish-Christian Relationship

The Certificate in Jewish-Christian Relationship is focused on the deepening of relationships between Christians and Jews through close readings of sacred texts, increased familiarity with these religious traditions’ respective histories, theologies, and liturgies, and an emphasis on ethics in both traditions.

Learn what course is offered for the upcoming semester, and learn about the procedure for enrolling in the Certificate in Jewish-Christian Relationship program here.

Certificates designed and taught in Spanish:

The Certificado en Ministerio offers transformative theological learning experiences for ministers, teachers, healers, and community members who want to nourish their minds, hearts, and spirits.

If you are a woman called to leadership, Instituto de Maria y Marta develops women leaders for the sake of the church, the community, and the world through the Programa en Liderazgo Cristiana para Mujeres Hispanas. This program is currently offered online.