Certificate in Advanced Pastoral Studies

Are you engaged in ministry and looking for ways to equip yourself with the skills needed to continue reaching your community? Missio offers advanced studies that train men and women to become practical, advanced missional leaders in their churches and ministries. Regardless of whether you are a ministry professional or a lay leader, our courses will help you gain a robust knowledge of theology, engage culture, and gain the wisdom to become an effective leader.

Whether you are looking to develop a theology of cities based on Scripture, reinvigorate an established church or organization, or learn to interpret Scripture in a way that leads to effective communication, our Certificate in Advanced Pastoral Studies offers exciting and challenging courses. At Missio all of our courses are geared to incarnate and communicate the story of Jesus with humility and authenticity. We strive to foster an environment where our students will develop the commitment, skills, capacities, and transferable habits to be effective missional leaders.

Who is this Certificate for?

The Certificate in Advanced Pastoral Studies is designed for students who have completed a graduate ministerial degree (e.g., MDiv, MA in Ministry) OR students who have completed an academic MA in religious studies and who have at least three years of ministry experience.

Why the CAPS Program at Biblical?

This certificate program offers courses that are taught for application to ministry. It offers each student the opportunity to interact and dialogue with both faculty and fellow students in the program, enhancing both intellectual and vocational growth. In addition, this program provides an opportunity to continue study at the doctoral level.

Qualified students who wish to continue their studies at the completion of the certificate may apply for the Doctor of Ministry Program by fulfilling all the DMin program admission requirements.

Curriculum within the Program

Required Theology Courses – 12 Credits

Mission of God – Mission of Christ’s Church
Missional Theology
Missional Leadership Formation
Culture Interpretation and Engagement

To earn the certificate, students must complete twelve credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Ready to start your journey?

Whether you are looking for more information regarding a program, scheduling a visit, starting the application process, or just wanting to talk to someone about your dreams, our admissions department is always available to assist you and answer any question that you might have.

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