Graduate Certificate Programs

Purpose

The graduate certificate programs are focused on specific areas designed to enrich and equip the ministries of local church and ministry leaders, Bible teachers, and lay leadership. The courses are graduate-level courses taught by iLEAD graduate education faculty. Credits are transferable into a degree program. No transfer credit is accepted for the graduate certificate programs.

Program Design

Getting a graduate education doesn’t require putting your life on hold. LBC understands that you have other commitments to God, family and work. That’s why our certificate programs are designed for adult learners who are employed full-time. The iLEAD Center offers convenient and flexible scheduling options to accommodate prior commitments while you continue your education.

All certificate programs require 4 three-credit Biblical Foundation courses in addition to the courses required for the program itself. A student can be exempt from these Biblical Foundation courses if they have a degree in Bible or have 30 credits in Bible.

It can take less than a year to complete a certificate program.

Graduate Certificate in Bible

  • This 15-credit certificate is ideal for ministry professionals, lay leaders and anyone who wants to know more of God's Word
  • Graduate instruction is from LBC's faculty and visiting professors
  • The curriculum includes "Advanced Hermeneutics" and four Bible or theology electives
  • Classes are typically held one night a week between Monday and Thursday

Graduate Certificate in Children & Family Ministry

  • This 12-credit certificate is designed for individuals involved in children's ministry
  • This curriculum offers a selection of classes including "Theological Foundations of Children's Ministry"
  • Classes are offered in a six-week blended format (five weeks online, two days on campus)

Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies

  • This 12-credit certificate prepares students for leadership and ministry roles in the church and society
  • Graduate instruction is from LBC's faculty and visiting professors
  • Classes are offered in a six-week blended format (five weeks online, 2 days on campus)

Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Studies

  • This 12-credit certificate is designed for individuals serving in pastoral roles
  • Graduate instruction is from LBC's faculty and visiting professors
  • Classes are offered in a six-week blended format (five weeks online, two days on campus)

Graduate Certificate in Sports Ministry

  • This 12-credit certificate is ideal for those in leadership in a sports ministry context, whether in a local church, church-related ministry, or a secular organization.
  • The Curriculum offers a selection of classes including "Principles of Sports Ministry" and "Evangelism and Discipleship Methods in Sports Ministry"
  • Classes are offered in a six-week blended format (five weeks online, two days on campus)

Graduate Certificate in Student Ministry

  • This 12-credit certifcate is ideal for student ministry staff and youth workers in the church and community
  • Curriculum offers a selection of classes including, "Spiritual Formation of Students" and "Student and Family Systems Counseling"
  • Classes are offered in a six-week blended format (five weeks online, two days on campus)

Admission Requirements

  • A growing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Transcript of undergraduate studies with GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Major in Bible or completion of biblical foundations courses
  • Autobiographical statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Completed application form and fee
  • Interview with a faculty member