Church Ministry

Distance Education


Certificate in Church Ministry (Online)

REQUIREMENTS: 18 Credit Hours

What does "Online" mean? See below.

This certificate can be completed entirely online within 24 months or sooner. Students may shorten the period of certificate completion by attending scheduled on-campus courses.

The Graduate Certificate in Church Ministry (18 Credit Hrs.) is intended for those people, both professional and lay, both younger and older, who would like to increase their knowledge and skills for church or para-church ministries.

The program introduces the student to basic theological content as well as various ministry related skills such as Christian education, administration and leadership, and counselling, all within a multi-cultural Canadian context. These courses are taught by qualified professors from the Seminary's three departments; Counselling, Christian Ministries, and Biblical and Theological Studies.

This is also an opportunity to explore graduate level courses offered by Providence with the possibility of transferring these courses into a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree program for those pursuing a professional career. Coursework successfully completed for the Graduate Certificate in Church Ministry may be transferable to other Providence Seminary degree programs (applicant must meet degree program entrance qualifications).

  • BI5102L Reading the Church’s Bible
  • TS5201L or TS5202L Theological Foundations 1 or 2
  • CP5101L Foundations of Counselling
  • EM5101L History and Philosophy of Education
  • GS5102L Worldview and Culture
  • EM5015L Administration and Leadership

Acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Church Ministry program will be evaluated on case-by-case basis. Although a recognized undergraduate degree is preferred, admission as a mature student without an undergraduate degree will be considered. In such instances, previous post-secondary education, employment and/or ministry experience may be taken into account.


Method of Instruction

Please take note of the method of instruction for this course.

  • ONLINE: Courses follow the regular session and must be completed within 4 months from September-December or January-April.























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