Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.
1 Peter 5:2
To equip mature Christian leaders to become lay pastors in any area of ministry, including the skills to launch and lead a campus of their home churches.
The word “pastor” means “to shepherd” - to lead and care for a group of people that God has entrusted to you. All Christians are called to show people Jesus’ love and point them to Him, but some are gifted and called to be pastors of God’s people - as the leader of a discipleship group, a recovery ministry, a church campus pastor, or even just as you go through your normal life. Whenever you take the first step toward that calling, it’s crucial to partner with and submit to the vision of the church you call home. This program will equip you with the resources and experience necessary to walk humbly with God as He entrusts you with the great and challenging commitment of pastoring His people.
A maturing relationship with Jesus and a solid base of leadership skills are vital for success as a leader of a ministry. Because of this, the Associates program (ACLM) is required for admission into the Certificate programs.
Upon completion, students will be able to:
Evaluate the needs and values of a specific community’s culture and adjust their ministry to attract and engage that culture
Demonstrate the ability to pray biblically and confidently with individuals and before a crowd
Identify and address felt needs of families in any community
Identify and train qualified and reliable individuals to serve on your ministry teams
Explain and practice the policies and procedures relevant to their ministry areas that are designed to ensure the safety and spiritual growth of volunteers and church guests
Link theological and biblical knowledge with current cultural research to create a relevant and creative sermon series, devotionals, large event topics, or leader meetings
Develop a system of accountability for ensuring the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health of themselves, their families, and the people in their ministries
- Create a plan for launching a ministry, including short-term and long-term goals