Program Details

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Global Ministry

Offered By: College of Theology
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 18
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $500 per credit. [More Info]


Find Your Purpose in Cross-Cultural Ministry

The Graduate Certificate of Completion in Global Ministry prepares students for cross-cultural ministry in a variety of national and international contexts. This certificate in ministry is designed to equip you with the tools necessary for service as an effective missionary leader in churches and mission agencies in North American and international settings.

Along with critical competencies of the university's mission, you will engage in the core competencies of global ministry that include:

  • Evaluate central teachings of major non-Christian worldviews in comparison with the Christian worldview
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical trends of the World Christian Movement that have shaped contemporary missions
  • Identify anthropological principles necessary for adequate cultural analysis and effective cross-cultural ministry
  • Evaluate leading strategies for the development of new indigenous churches

Degree Outcomes

Advance Your Ministerial Knowledge Base

Graduates with the global ministry certificate will be able to use knowledge of major world religions and ideologies from an evangelical perspective with the goal to build bridges cross-culturally. The global ministries program emphasizes historical backgrounds, religious texts and traditions, contemporary belief and practices, and careful consideration of the appropriate Christian response to non-Christian religious systems.

What You Will Learn

Broaden Your Skills in Gospel Ministry

Coursework for this emphasis provides an introduction to cross-cultural studies and equips you with the skills required for a contextualized gospel ministry. You will examine anthropological principles such as analysis of symbols, social structures, customs, thought forms and social norms. Your experience will also include the study of global missiology examining the mission and purpose of God and His people among the nations.

Course topics include:

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Ministry and Theology
  • Anthropological Principles
  • The Christian Faith and World Religions
  • Global Christianity
  • Contextualized Church Planting

Career Outcomes

Make a Difference in a Christian Setting

Equipped with this certificate in ministry, you have the knowledge base to pursue professions in theological, religious and biblical studies. You may also pursue potential career opportunities such as a pastor, associate pastor, administrative pastor, Christian leader or other ministerial roles.

Course List

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18 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
18 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in ministry and theology. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course examines principles of anthropology for cross-cultural ministry including analysis of symbols, social structures, customs, thought forms, and social norms.

Course Description

This course is an investigation of major world religions and ideologies from an evangelical perspective with the goal of building bridges cross-culturally. Attention is given to historical backgrounds, religious texts and traditions, contemporary belief and practices, and careful consideration of the appropriate Christian response to non-Christian religious systems.

Course Description

This course is a historical, theological, and missiological study of global Christianity that examines the mission and purposes of God and His people among the nations. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between historical developments and current trends with a view to the implementation of prudent strategies for contemporary cross-cultural ministry.

Course Description

This course is a study of theories, models, and practices for planting and developing self-sustaining churches that are authentic to the culture within international contexts.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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Online and Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.