Associates in church leadership & ministry

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord... bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

Colossians 1:9b-10


To develop mature believers who are grounded in the Word, have a firm foundation of faith, and are leaders in their homes, jobs, and ministries. 


This program was created for those who believe they are called to a life of leadership – whether in church ministry, the business world, or any other arena of life. We study leadership from a biblical perspective, since the leadership that Jesus modeled brings wisdom and knowledge that sets up all careers for success. This program is for those who don’t just want to drift through life, but want to be intentional about using their influence to positively affect as many lives as possible.

Since our relationship with Jesus is the cornerstone for discovering our calling, the 30-credit Diploma program is the first half of the Associates program’s requirements. The remaining 30 credits (consisting of higher-level biblical study, leadership training, personal development, and internships) are focused on developing you into a leader in ministry, whether your ministry is at your church, your home, your workplace, your school - wherever God leads you. The Diploma-level courses must be completed prior to or concurrently with the Associates-level courses.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Practice spiritual disciplines habitually and independently, including daily Bible reading and prayer, weekly church attendance, and serving

  • Describe the central theme of the Bible and explain how each book of the Bible contributes to that theme both in writing and verbally

  • Articulate the message of the gospel accurately using knowledge of biblical truth, basic apologetics, and personal testimony to individuals and to a crowd

  • Demonstrate competency in leading a church ministry area, including goal-setting and communication skills

  • Explain the basics of the major branches of systematic theology and how they are relevant to today’s world, including how to present them to people of a variety of backgrounds

  • Apply biblical concepts and principles to their lives at home, at work, and in ministry, especially in leadership situations

  • Explain their personal temperament and how this affects their leadership styles and areas of responsibility

  • Describe their personal visions from God and make lists describing the steps it will take to achieve them

  • Describe a brief history of the church from the day of Pentecost to today, explaining the original purposes of the church and how to carry those purposes out effectively in today’s culture

PRogram Components

The Associates program consists of 60 credits: 15 3-5 week courses and a 6-credit Team Leader Internship in a ministry area of your choice (2 credits each term). These credits include a Temperament Profile Assessment and a Restoring the Foundations (RTF) ministry session. Students in the Associates program have the option of completion in one or two years, but class is one night per week. Must be started at the beginning of the academic year.


Minimum age for ACLM is 18 years OR in 12th grade at time of application (OR have completed DBS).  If under 18, parental consent is required and student must be enrolled in high school with a GPA of at least 2.0. Completed online application, including character reference and pastoral reference.


Click on the area of study to see details about each course. 

Biblical and Theological Studies (23 credits)

BTS 101 - Theology 1: Bibliology, Theology Proper

BTS 102 - Theology 2: Christology, Soteriology

BTS 103 - Theology 3: Angelology, Pneumatology

BTS 201 - Old Testament Story

BTS 202 - New Testament Story

BTS 301 - Global Church History

Leadership and Ministry Training (21 credits)

LMT 111 - Local and Global Missions

LMT 211 - Creating Church Culture

LMT 301 - Local Church Ministry

LMT 411 - Counseling & Pastoral Care

LMT 412 - Personal & Pastoral Leadership

LMT 421 - Ministry of Teaching & Preaching

Personal and Spiritual Formation (10 credits)

PSF 101 - Spiritual Formation

PSF 311 - Life as Ministry

PSF 411 - Your Course for Life

Internship (6 credits)

INT 201 - Team Leader: Fall Term

INT 202 - Team Leader: Winter Term

INT 203 - Team Leader: Spring Term