What Is Ministry Education?
Has God called upon you to serve in a church or ministerial context? Prepare to pursue your mission in life with the Graduate Certificate of Completion in Ministry Education at Grand Canyon University. This certificate program surveys the foundational knowledge and skills required for ministerial service, biblical interpretation and theological reasoning. Examine the principles of ethical conduct within the ministry while cultivating your own personal love of Christ.
Offered by the College of Theology, this Certificate in Ministry Education empowers graduates to facilitate meaningful discussions of biblical principles, the works of Christ, the person of Christ and the nature of humanity and sin. Through an in-depth study of the Old Testament and New Testament, students examine the theological patterns, themes and beliefs that guide systematic theology. The historical context of doctrines and beliefs are surveyed. Students acquire a framework for ministering cross-culturally with wisdom and sensitivity guided by a keen awareness of the faithful contextualization of the gospel.
Earn Your Graduate Certificate in Ministry Education Online
Grand Canyon University is a modern college that brings the benefits of virtual technologies to our students. With our flexible online learning path, you can complete your graduate certificate from anywhere in the world. Continue to meet your professional responsibilities and balance family time with studying. GCU’s online platform enables you to engage in lively discussions with fellow students and highly qualified instructors. This program of study requires 18 credits for completion. Most online classes are eight weeks in length.
GCU seeks to graduate ministerial students who are sharp analytical thinkers, active listeners and effective speakers. Use your in-depth knowledge of biblical hermeneutics in various ministerial contexts, including preaching, teaching, interpersonal communication and small group discussions. Learn to implement the practical procedures for the exegesis of Scripture. Understand the biblical foundations of Christian ethics, self-care, morality and character formation. Other core competencies for this program of study include:
- The biblical and theological foundations of Christian ethics, and the analysis of the roles and responsibilities of gospel ministry
- The principles of evangelical biblical interpretation, exegesis and application within the context of the ministry
- The use of biblical language tools
- Biblical truths, virtues and habits that contribute to the process of discipleship
- The historical development and theological formulation of the Christian doctrines of revelation, God, creation, humanity and sin
In the course Christian Character Formation, students are required to complete 45 hours of supervised ministry work.
What Can You Do With a Graduate Certificate in Ministry Education?
Obtaining a Graduate Certificate of Completion in Ministry Education is a way to nurture your own personal devotion to God. It can also provide the foundation to pursue a career helping others seek guidance and wisdom from the word of God. Some of the ministerial roles you might pursue may include the following:
- Pastor or associate pastor
- Administrative pastor
- Youth outreach specialist
- Foreign or domestic missionary
Program Core Courses
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.
This course examines the biblical and theological foundations of Christian ethics along with an analysis of the roles and responsibilities of gospel ministry. Significant attention is given to self-care, personal morality, and character formation as well as ethical concerns unique to ministers as they lead, equip, shepherd, and intercede for God’s people.
This course is a study of the basic principles of evangelical biblical interpretation, exegesis, and application, especially in the context of ministry, including an introduction to the use of biblical language tools.
This course examines the biblical truths of the gospel and the corresponding virtues and habits that contribute to the process of discipleship. Students study God's work in the formation of Christ-like character as they learn to keep in step with the Spirit in all aspects of life. Special attention is given to the doctrine of sanctification and teaching related to ministerial ethics and character in the Pastoral Epistles. This course requires supervised ministry hours. Practicum/field experience hours: 45.
This course is a systematic study of the biblical bases, historical development, and theological formulation of the Christian doctrines of revelation, God, creation, humanity, sin, and the Person of Christ, as well as their implications for individual and corporate Christian life. Attention is also given to theological prolegomena.
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.
* Please note that this list may contain programs that are not presently offered as program availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability of the program.