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, PhD

Education: Biola University, PhD Southern Methodist University, BS   Career Highlights: President of Cloud-Townsend Resources—producer and conductor of hundreds of public seminars around the United States, speaking on relationships (marriage, parenting, dating, personal growth, and spirituality); seminars often broadcast live to over two thousand venues at a time Consultant, working with leaders of organizations and corporations, from family-held firms to Fortune 25 companies and non-profit organizations Co-host of nationally-syndicated talk show “New Life Live,” heard…

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John Townsend, PhD

Education: Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University, PhD Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM North Carolina State University, BA   Career Highlights: New York Times bestselling author, business consultant, leadership coach and psychologist Founder of Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling Formed the Townsend Leadership Program Co-host of nationally-syndicated talk show “New Life Live,” heard in 180 markets with 3 million listeners Board member of Mustard Seed Ranch, a residential program for abused children Work with leaders…

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John Worgul, PhD

Education Dropsie College, PhD Westminster Theological Seminary, MAR Bethel College, Minnesota, BA   Teaching Career: He has taught at Sminary of the East (now Bethel Seminary) since 1987 both full time and as adjunct   Other Career Highlights In addition to biblical studies, Dr. Worgul has a deep interest in spiritual theology and formation  

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Deb McCormick

Education: Oklahoma State University, MA Louisiana Tech University, BA Extensive professional training from The Bergerac Company, Development Dimensions International (DDI), Emme and Associates, and the Stephen Covey Learning Center Certified instructor through Learning International and Dr. Edward De Bono in skills such as lateral thinking, coaching, and interpersonal management   Teaching Career: Adjunct Professor, McNeese State University Speech Communication Instructor, Oklahoma State University Trainer for the State of Oklahoma’s Department of Vocational and Technical Education…

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Sid Buzzell, PhD

Education: Michigan State University, PhD Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM Philadelphia College of the Bible, BS   Teaching Career: Academic Dean, Christian University GlobalNet Dean of the School of Theology, Academic Vice President, and Professor of Biblical Exposition and Leadership, Colorado Christian University Academic Dean and Professor of Pastoral Theology, Biblical Theological Seminary (1995-1997) and Conservative Baptist Seminary (1993-1995) Director of Christian Leadership Program and Professor of Management and Leadership, Colorado Christian University (1992-1993) Assistant Professor,…

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Larry J. Crabb, PhD

Education: University of Illinois, MA and PhD Ursinus College, BS   Teaching Career: Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Colorado Christian University Adjunct Professor in Applied Theology, Regent College (1998-1999) Chairman and Professor of the Graduate Department of Biblical Counseling, Colorado Christian University (1989-1996) Visiting Professor, Richmont University Chairman and Professor of the Department for Biblical Counseling, Grace Theological Seminary (1982-1989) Assistant Professor and Director of the Psychological Counseling Center, Florida Atlantic University (1971-1973) Assistant Professor in…

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Haddon W. Robinson, PhD (1931-2017)

Education: University of Illinois, PhD Southern Methodist University, MA Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM   Teaching Career: Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Senior Director of the Doctor of Ministry program and Interim President, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary President, Denver Seminary Professor of Homiletics, Dallas Theological Seminary Professor of Speech, University of Illinois Teacher, preacher, and lecturer at churches and campuses on six continents   Other Career Highlights: Known worldwide as a phenomenal…

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Richard E. Averbeck, PhD

Education: Annenberg Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, PhD Grace Theological Seminary, MDiv and MA Calvary Bible College, BA   Teaching Career: Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Dallas Theological Seminary (1990-1994) Chairman of the Old Testament Department, Grace Theological Seminary (1980-1990) Visiting lecturer at the Lutheran School of Theology in Copenhagen and Åarhus, Denmark Preached and taught in China, across Germany, and West Africa Expertise in Old Testament…

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Gordon T. Smith, PhD

Education: Loyola School of Theology, the Ateneo de Manila University, PhD Canadian Theological Seminary, MDiv   Teaching Career: Academic Vice President, Regent College Dean, Regent College Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College Researched key studies in Christian living, including the Lord’s Supper, Christian Spirituality, and Christian Community Theology instructor, Canadian Theological Seminary Theology instructor, Alliance Biblical Seminary in the Philippines   Other Career Highlights: President of reSource Leadership International Pastor in Canada and 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.
We are happy to help. Please contact us as follows:

Christian University GlobalNet
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Email: admissions@cugn.org
Phone: (888) 487-5376 ext. 1