Nine practical ministry certifications begin in January


By Meg Calvin                                                  
Director of Engagement, Institute for Discipleship

January is the ideal time to equip leaders in faith communities (paid and/or unpaid). The Institute for Discipleship can help in an affordable and convenient way -- especially during the time of COVID.

We offer several certifications based on GBHEM (United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry) education requirements, as well as other leadership courses.
Nine practical ministry certifications start on Jan. 18. They are designed to give affordable and accessible foundations for ministry:

  • Spiritual Formation
  • Christian Care and Counseling
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Rural Ministry
  • Christian Education
  • Evangelism
  • Women’s Ministries
  • Youth Ministry
  • Ministry With Those With Disabilities
Each certification consists of four online courses, each just $125. Students receive over 20 weeks of high-quality, small-group instruction for a total of $500. The youth ministry certification adds a 12-week practicum led by the experts at Youth Ministry Institute for an additional $325.

Certifications are split evenly between Biblical and theological instruction and practical, on-the-ground skills.
All programs are pay-as-you-go.
A United Methodist emphasis may be added to any certification with one additional course in United Methodist Studies. 
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