Graduate Certificate in Christian Leadership

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Program Snapshot

9 Credit Hours 3 Classes
$310 Per Credit Hour Learn more
On Campus
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Next Start Date August 5

Christ's Church deserves the very best leaders.

The Graduate Certificate in Christian Leadership is a practitioner’s program that prepares students for specialized ministry in church administration, leadership and discipleship. The program integrates theology with leadership through an expanded curriculum of leadership and discipleship courses.

Prepare to lead your ministry with excellence

Graduate Certificate in Christian Leadership
Course Number Description Credit Hours
42210 Shared Leadership in Ministry 3
42410 Dynamics of Organizational Leadership 3
42450 Leading Change in Ministry 3

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a philosophy of Christian leadership to guide them in specialized leadership ministry in the local church.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Graduate Certificate in Christian Leadership will prepare students for church/pastoral ministry or service within Christian organizations.

Graduate Certificates are only open to M.Div. students. Every M.Div. at Southern Seminary combines a robust core of biblical and theological studies plus missions, evangelism, and ministry courses to ensure students are prepared for a variety of ministry roles.

Graduate Certificates are open to M.Div. students or alumni.

Students may apply for the Master of Divinity with an accredited bachelor’s degree (in any field/major). It is not required that applicants have an academic background in biblical or ministry studies.

Click here to learn more or start your application.

Graduate Certificates are meant to prepare students for specific ministry roles in conjunction with the Master of Divinity. Therefore, only students enrolled in the M.Div. may pursue Graduate Certificates.

Students who already hold a M.Div. degree may apply for and pursue additional Graduate Certificates.

The following students are eligible to apply for and pursue stand-alone Graduate Certificates:

  • M.Div. alumni of Southern Seminary
  • M.Div. alumni of other ATS-accredited seminaries

The application for Graduate Certificates comprises of:

  • The full, online application
  • Official transcripts of your M.Div.
  • Pastoral recommendation from your current church (provided in the application)

Christian Leadership faculty includes:

Justin A. Irving

Professor of Leadership

Resources as a Southern Seminary student

Academic Support

Access academic advising, writing assistance, language tutoring and more as a Southern Seminary online or on-campus student.

Flexible Course Options

With multiple course delivery options you’ll find classes that fit around your schedule.

  • 100% online degrees
  • Main campus courses
  • Hybrid campus intensive options

Financial Aid

We are committed to making your education affordable. Our Financial Aid office can connect you with institutional & outside sources of aid.

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