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Certificate in Christian Studies

Our Certificate in Christian Studies allows you to choose what master’s-level courses you need in order to strengthen your ministry. And since it is available at our Deerfield campus, entirely online, and through our extension sites, you gain another layer of flexibility. You may be a leader who wants to grow in your teaching ability, or at a career transition and wondering about going into ministry. Or you may want to improve at what you’re already doing. Whatever work you’ve been given, our Certificate program can help you do it better.

Where can this program take me?

The goal of the Certificate program is to enhance your current ministry or to prepare you for something new. If you decide you want more education, our certificate program will prepare you well for a Master of Divinity or another master’s degree at Trinity, with part of your coursework already completed.*

What will I study?

An admissions counselor will help you customize a set of courses to your interests, which will allow you to interact with many of our world-class faculty. If you want some suggestions, four possible degree tracks are shown beneath, along with some recommended courses to get you started. Contact our admissions office to find out what will work best for you: 800-345-8337 or [email protected].

  • Biblical and Theological Studies

    ST 5120 Systematic Theology 2 3 hours
    ST 5103 Systematic Theology 3 3 hours
    NT 5000 Introduction to the New Testament 3 hours
    OT 5100 English Bible: Genesis 3 hours

  • Spiritual Formation

    PT 7280 Christian Worship 3 hours
    EM 5125 Teaching and Learning 3 hours
    EM 6000 Intergenerational Ministry in the Church 3 hours
    HM 5000 Theology and Methodology of Biblical Preaching 3 hours

  • Missions, Evangelism, and Discipleship

    EM 5125 Teaching and Learning 3 hours
    ME 8230 Global Church Planting 3 hours
    ME 6760 Theology of Mission and Evangelism 3 hours
    ME 6410 History of the Expansion of Christianity 3 hours

  • Ministry Leadership

    PT 7290 Christian Worship 3 hours
    PT 6000 Money and Ministry 3 hours
    EM 5210 Christian Leadership and Administration 3 hours
    EM 5125 Teaching and Learning 3 hours

EFCA Ministry Staff Certificate Program

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the Evangelical Free Church of America are delighted to announce the piloting of a new program designed to give support to individuals serving on at least a half-time basis in EFCA affiliated churches or who are serving as career missionaries.

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Program Faculty

Because you can customize this degree, the faculty you will take courses with can come from any of our academic departments.

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What are the prerequisites for admission to this program?

Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree (or the educational equivalent) from a recognized, accredited institution.

* While the Certificate in Christian Studies will prepare you well for a master’s degree program at Trinity, admission into the Certificate program does not guarantee acceptance into another program.