Certificate in Ministry Leadership & Spiritual Formation

Every Christian has received a high calling to “make disciples.” The Certificate in Ministry Leadership & Spiritual Formation will prepare you to effectively lead and help others progress in their spiritual formation. Students will discover how to become highly effective leaders, and special attention will be given to spiritual formation through prayer, meditation, and personal disciplines. Whether your aim is to facilitate a small group, lead a church, start a new ministry, or simply be a better parent or mentor, the insights of Doctors Henry Cloud, John Townsend, Larry Crabb, and other instructors will provide you with a solid biblical foundation on which to exercise your gifts with wisdom, discipline, and in reliance upon the Holy Spirit.

Downloadable Program Brochure (PDF Format): Certificate in Ministry Leadership & Spiritual Formation

Core 1: Self-Study

Course Description

This course is designed to help you enter people’s interior lives at a meaningful level and make a lasting difference as they deal with life’s struggles and crises. Some people call this type of help “counseling.” Others call this help “pastoring.” And perhaps others think of this kind of involvement as what one friend does for another friend. Larry Crabb uses the word SoulCare, with its focus on the inner life, where we become who we were intended and long to be.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Larry J. Crabb, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Why are so many areas of our lives such a mess? What lies beneath the confusion, despair, and emptiness that so many of us experience? In this second course in the four-course SoulCare series, Dr. Larry Crabb offers a biblical understanding of what’s going on beneath the surface of our lives that results in the confusion, despair, and emptiness that so many of us experience. Does Christianity guarantee a better life? Can we really experience more satisfying soul-connection with God and with others? These are among the many questions Dr. Crabb will explore in this second ten-lesson course, which was designed to develop a deeper understanding of people and the problems we all experience.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Larry J. Crabb, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Welcome to SoulCare Foundations III: Provisions and Practices. In this third course in the four-course SoulCare series, Dr. Larry Crabb probes the provisions of the New Covenant that, when understood, will empower, enable, and liberate the SoulCarer to move into the life of another and make a difference. This course offers practical help on applying the New Covenant to change lives and relationships for the better.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Larry J. Crabb, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

In this fourth course in the SoulCare series, Dr. Larry Crabb suggests ways in which SoulCare can become a reality in your life. What does it mean to join someone else where they are and walk with them on the journey to the center of their heart? Can SoulCare become a supernaturally routine reality in our communities? These questions and more are discussed in this final course in the SoulCare series.

Credits

0.5 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Larry J. Crabb, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Group Dynamics is a  course for anyone who leads a ministry group of one kind or another. Groups are the heartbeat of any ministry. That is where the personal touch happens—where hearts are opened, needs are met, lives are changed. Without feeling connected, people may participate in our ministry groups, but will they be changed as a result? It isn’t what we learn in our groups that transforms lives; it’s doing something differently because of what we’ve learned. Join us in exploring 10 effective ways to guide ministry groups in “Group Dynamics.” We have to stop doing what comes naturally and start doing what works!

Credits

N/A

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Deb McCormick

Syllabus

Course Description

Welcome to Introduction to Public Speaking. This FastTrax course is based on a series of lectures given by Dr. Haddon W. Robinson, who is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is widely regarded as an expert in the area of preaching. Dr. Robinson was named one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English-speaking world in a 1996 Baylor University poll. This course provides a thorough perspective on several important, practical, and effective concepts in public speaking.

Credits

N/A

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Haddon W. Robinson, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

This four-part course by Dr. Sid Buzzell will help you understand what leadership is and how you can most effectively serve those you lead. Leadership moves us from one place to another. The shift that takes place includes an inward spiritual shift as we learn to be servant leaders in the likeness of Jesus Christ. Dr. Buzzell will take you on a journey of leadership principles that focus on the significance of being a servant leader.

Credits

N/A

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Sid Buzzell, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Based on spiritual principles of leadership and character development, this four-lesson course offers studies on Character and Leadership, Knowing God’s Will, Building Trust and more. The Ultimate Leadership course will give you practical skills that will increase your success in every area of life.

Credits

1 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Cloud/Townsend

Syllabus

Course Description

Based on spiritual principles of leadership and character development, this course five-lesson course offers studies on Setting Boundaries, Identifying Travel Companions, Dealing with Toxic People and more. The Ultimate Leadership course will give you practical skills that will increase your success in every area of life.

Credits

1 Credit

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

Cloud/Townsend

Syllabus

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare you spiritually and emotionally as you begin your biblical and theological studies. You have a desire to know more about the Bible and to develop your relationship with God. Sometimes forward movement can occur most effectively after a backward look.

Credits

2 Credits

Course Duration

90 Days

Professor

John Worgul, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Core 2: Semester-Based

Course Description

Spiritual formation is a topic of discussion in many circles. We all long for intimacy with God, but how is spiritual growth and maturity developed? What are the dynamics in which God most often works in the heart of believers to make them like His Son, Jesus Christ? In this seminar, Dr. Richard Averbeck addresses these and other questions in order to lay a biblical foundation for proper Christian thought and behavior. In this course, he identifies and describes specific practices that can be applied immediately to your walk of faith.

This course is designed to help students grow in intimacy with God and to mature in spiritual life and relationships. Averbeck traces the work of the Holy Spirit through the Old and New Testaments and identifies specific spiritual practices that encourage growth in the spiritual life. The course utilizes lectures from SF403 as a basis for the practice of contemplative exercises and online discussion of issues related to the spiritual life.

Credits

1 Credit

Course Duration

8 Weeks

Professor

Richard E. Averbeck, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

How is spirituality formed both in private and in community? This course explores the meaning of biblical Christianity and its relation to faith and practice, giving special attention to spiritual formation through prayer, meditation, and personal disciplines. The lectures form a paradigm of spiritual growth and maturity that will affect both the individual and the church.

Credits

1 Credit

Course Duration

8 Weeks

Professor

Gordon T. Smith, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Henry Cloud, Ph.D.

Dr. Henry Cloud is a clinical psychologist with a unique ability to connect with his audiences. Drawing upon his broad range of experiences in private practice, leadership consulting, and media, he simplifies life’s issues and gives easy-to-understand, practical advice. It is Dr. Cloud’s humor, compassion, and “in the moment” confrontation that make his approach to psychology and spirituality such a success. Dr. Cloud has written or co-written twenty-five books, including the million-seller Boundaries. His most…

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John Townsend, Ph.D.

Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times bestselling author, business consultant, leadership coach and psychologist. He has written or co-written 27 books, selling 8 million copies, including the Boundaries series; Leadership Beyond Reason; and Handling Difficult People. For more than twenty years Dr. Townsend has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals around the globe, offering them life-changing solutions to their problems. He is a co-host of the nationally-syndicated talk show “New Life Live” which…

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John Worgul, Ph.D.

Dr. John Worgul received his B.A. from Bethel College, Minnesota in 1977, an M.A.R. in biblical studies from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1979, and his Ph.D from the Dropsie College in Hebrew Bible in 1987.  He has taught at Seminary of the East (now Bethel Seminary) since 1987 both full time and as adjunct.  In addition to biblical studies, Dr. Worgul has a deep interest in spiritual theology and formation.

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Deb McCormick

Deb McCormick is the Founder and Executive Director for TEAMedUP, actively consulting teams to think and work better. She received her B.A. in Speech Communication from Louisiana Tech University and a M.A. in Speech Communication Consultancy from Oklahoma State University. She also has extensive professional training from The Bergerac Company, Development Dimensions International (DDI), Emme and Associates, and the Stephen Covey Learning Center. Furthermore, she is a certified instructor through Learning International and Dr. Edward…

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Sid Buzzell, Ph.D.

Dr. Sid Buzzell is the Dean of the School of Theology at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado, where he teaches Bible courses, leadership, and homiletics. He received a B.S. from Philadelphia College of Bible, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. At Colorado Christian University, Dr. Buzzell combines his passion for theology with his extensive leadership expertise. Hired onto the faculty of CCU as Academic Vice President, Dr.…

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Larry J. Crabb, Ph.D.

Dr. Larry J. Crabb is the Founder and Director of NewWay Ministries and the Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Colorado Christian University. He received his B.S. from Ursinus College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Renowned for being one of the leading Christian psychologists and authors in the world today, Dr. Crabb’s illustrious career in academia has spanned more than four decades. Currently he is the Distinguished Scholar in Residence for…

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Haddon W. Robinson, Ph.D.

Dr. Haddon W. Robinson is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching and the Senior Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He received a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Over the years, Dr. Robinson has left a lasting imprint on the various schools and ministries he has served. Since 1991, Dr. Robinson has been a preaching…

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Richard E. Averbeck, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Averbeck is professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, where he has served on the faculty since 1994. He received his B.A. from Calvary Bible College, a M.Div. and M.A. from Grace Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Annenberg Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania (formerly Dropsie College). Born and raised on a diary farm in rural Wisconsin, Dr. Averbeck has a passion for…

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Gordon T. Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Gordon T. Smith is former Academic Vice President, Dean, and Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he continues to teach part-time. He received his M.Div. from Canadian Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from Loyola School of Theology, the Ateneo de Manila University. Since 2003, Dr. Smith has served as the President of reSource Leadership International, an agency that seeks to foster excellence in theological training in the…

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This is an online program. In order to complete it, you must have internet access and basic computer skills. To be admitted, simply submit:
Most students pay for one course at a time.

Costs for your 8-credit hour Certificate in Ministry Leadership and Spiritual Formation will be as follows:

Tuition: $760
Registration Fee: $15

TOTAL: $775 (plus textbooks as needed)
Earning a Certificate in Ministry Leadership and Spiritual Formation prepares individuals seeking or already involved in a wide variety of ministry opportunities. See below for possibilities:

Counseling Pastor, Deacon/Elder, Small Group Leader, Life-Coach, Mentor, Sunday School Teacher, Outreach Pastor, Youth Pastor, Missionary.
In order to receive your certificate, you must complete all of the requirements listed herein within 36 months of registration for the program.

In order for any course in this program to apply toward the certificate, you must achieve a grade of C or higher in the course.

Upon completing this certificate program and meeting all requirements, submit the graduation request form to receive your certificate.
If, after you receive your Certificate in Ministry Leadership and Spiritual Formation, you can choose to continue with CUGN to earn other Certificates or Degrees. Contact the Student Services Office at studentservices@cugn.org to develop an educational plan.
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