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Certificate Programs for Graduate Studies

The Certificate for Graduate Studies program is designed to provide continuing education opportunities for ministers and lay leadership who wish to enhance their competency in specific areas through graduate level education without the commitment to complete a degree. These certificates provide training in specific areas, such as Expository Preaching, Leadership, or Evangelism. The Certificate program can also facilitate the completion of any graduate degree by applying credits earned to respective degree requirements.

Certificate Components and Requirements

To earn a certificate in a given area requires 12 credit hours or 4 classes. Classes can be taken in any available delivery system. This includes distance learning courses, courses offered at our branch campuses, classes offered at the main Springfield campus, or any combination of these.

Ministry Certificates:

• Leadership
• Expository Preaching
• Church Based Counseling
• Leading Multi- and Cross-cultural Ministries
• Evangelism
• Chi Alpha Campus Ministry

Bible/Theology Certificates:

• Biblical Foundations
• Credentialing Core (18 credits)
• New Testament
• Old Testament
• Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies
• Theology

The applicant must have a BA degree with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA to be considered for admissions. Applicants for this program should follow the non-degree seeking admissions requirements.

Students will notify the Registrar when they have completed sufficient courses for a particular certificate.

Certificate Program Classes

Ministry Certificates
 

Leadership

Choose one of the following:

PTH 544 Spiritual Formation of the Leader

PTH 553 Personal Dynamics of Leadership

PTH 554 Relational Dynamics of Leadership*

PTH 623 Effective Relationships in Ministry

Choose three of the following:

PTH 528 Vision-Centered Leadership and Management**

PTH 542 Women in Ministry

PTH 624 Leading Change and Revitalizing Ministries

PTH 625 Effective Leadership**

PTH 650 Building a Disciple-Making Ministry**

PTH 653 Leadership in Ministry

PTH/MCS 654 Pentecostal Perspectives on Justice, the Church, and Society

 
Expository Preaching

HOM 529 Communicating the Message I

Choose three of the following:

HOM/BOT 620 Expository Preaching in Pentateuch/Historical Books

HOM/BOT 621 Expository Preaching in Prophets & Apocalypse

HOM/BOT 622 Expository Preaching in Psalms & Wisdom Literature

HOM/BNT 623 Expository Preaching in Gospels & Acts

HOM/BNT 624 Expository Preaching in the Epistles

HOM 633 Communicating the Message II

 
Church Based Counseling

PCP 550 Interpersonal Techniques in Helping Relationships**

Choose three of the following:

PCP 544 Counseling Theories

PCP 551 Addictive Behaviors and Family Systems

PCP 564 Applied Human Development

PCP 624 Family Studies: Human Sexuality

PCP 626 Dying, Grief and Crisis Counseling**

PCP 629 Counseling Diverse Populations**

PCP 637 Group Counseling

PTH 656 Ministry in Trauma, Crisis and Grief Contexts**

MCS/PCP 622 Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 
Leading Multi- and Cross-Cultural Ministries

Choose two of the following:

MCS/MHT 643 Anthropology and Communication in Theological Perspective**

MCS/MHT 642 Contextualized Theology

MHT 501 Mission of God in Biblical/Contemporary Contexts**

MHT 635 Pentecostal Theology of Leadership Development**

Choose two of the following:

MCS 639 Intercultural/Urban Ministries**

MCS 545 Engaging Islam**

PTH 622 Communicating Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Society*

PCP 629 Counseling Diverse Populations**

MSS 639 Special Studies

 
Evangelism

PTH 551 Effective Evangelism & Assimilation**

PTH 622 Communicating Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Society*

Choose two of the following:

PTH 530 Establishing New Churches

PHI 631/THE 628 Apologetics*

MCS 545 Engaging Islam**

 

AG Certified Ministerial Credentialing Certificate (18 credits required)

BNT 530 New Testament Introduction*

BOT 530 Old Testament Introduction*

HIS 532 The History and Polity of the Assemblies of God

MHT 501 Mission of God in Biblical and Contemporary Setting

PTH 555 Emotional and Spiritual Formation of the Leader

PTH 544 Spiritual Formation of the Leader

THE 511 Christian Theology or THE 531 Systematic Theology I or II (THE 532)*

 
College Campus Ministry

Choose one of the following:

PTH 528 Vision-Centered Leadership and Management**

PTH 625 Effective Leadership**

PTH 653 Leadership in Ministry

Choose three of the following:

PHI 631/THE 628 Apologetics*

PTH 551 Effective Evangelism & Assimilation

PTH 554 Relational Dynamics of Leadership*

PTH 544 Spiritual Formation of the Leader

PTH 622 Communicating Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Society*

PTH 650 Building a Disciple-Making Ministry**

PCP 550 Interpersonal Techniques in Helping Relationships**

 
Bible/Theology Certificates
 
Biblical Foundations

BOT 530 Old Testament Introduction*

BNT 530 New Testament Introduction*

BIB 532 Hermeneutics

Choose one of the following:

BTH 532 New Testament Theology

THE 511 Christian Theology

 
Credentialing Core (18 credits)

BOT 530 Old Testament Introduction*

BNT 530 New Testament Introduction*

HIS 532 History and Polity of the Assemblies of God

MHT 501 Mission of God in Biblical/Contemporary Contexts

PTH 544 Spiritual Formation of the Leader

THE 511 Christian Theology or THE 531 Systematic Theology I or II (THE 532)*

 
New Testament

BNT 530 New Testament Introduction*

Choose three of the following:

BNT 533 Studies in the Letters of Paul

BNT 540 Studies in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts

BNT 541 Studies in the Johannine Literature

BNT 542 Studies in the General Letters

BNT 641 Specialized Exegetical Studies in the New Testament

BTH 532 New Testament Theology

 
Old Testament

BOT 530 Old Testament Introduction*

Choose three of the following:

BOT 531 Studies in the Pentateuch

BOT 538 Studies in the Prophetical Books

BOT 539 Studies in the Historical Books

BOT 540 Studies in the Wisdom and Poetical Books

BOT 641 Specialized Exegetical Studies in the Old Testament

 
Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies

PCS 528 Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements**

Choose three of the following:

PCS 533 The Holy Spirit in the New Testament Church

PCS 534 The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

PCS 538 The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament

PCS 546 Initial Evidence and Spirit Baptism

PCS 633 Divine Healing

PCS 635 The Theology and Practice of Spiritual Gifts**

THE/PCS 621 The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

 
Theology

Choose four of the following:

BTH 530 Old Testament Theology

BTH 532 New Testament Theology

THE 531 Systematic Theology I*

THE 532 Systematic Theology II*

THE 623 God, Revelation & Truth (requires THE 531 or equivalent)

THE 624 Christ and Humanity in the Plan of God (requires THE 531 or equivalent)

THE 625 Church, End Times and Eternity (requires THE 532 or equivalent)

THE 628/PHI 631 Apologetics*

THE/PCS 621 The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

THE/PCS 633 Divine Healing

THE/PTH 622 Communicating Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Society*

PHI 633 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Society

 
* Available in distance format
** Available in week-long or weekend module format
 
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