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The Certificate in Global Leadership equips Christians to lead in global and majority-world ministry contexts.

Students should be committed Christians pursuing or exploring Christian ministry. The six courses in this certificate are intended to foster a thoughtful, loving, Christ-centered approach to your ministry context.

This certificate program is ideal for:

  • Missionaries
  • Campus Ministry Staff
  • NGOs
  • Multi-National Ministries


Six courses (18 credits): 4 Required & 2 Elective

Understanding Culture

Christianity, by its very nature must be translated into each culture where it abides. This requires a special understanding and awareness of cultural traits, values and patterns so that as Christ enters that culture, He both rectifies what is broken and lifts up what is sacred. Understanding Culture (CT520) helps both pastors and missionaries in this sacred task.

Biblical Theology of Leadership

Biblical Theology of Leadership (CL/NT/OT574) explores the foundational teachings and primary metaphors of leadership in the Bible. These teachings and metaphors are understood in the context of God’s larger calling on the covenant community in redemptive history.

Introduction to Global Spirituality & Global Leadership

Introduction to Global Spirituality & Global Leadership (CL510) provides an overview of global Christian spirituality and leadership. It first surveys Christian spirituality across different traditions and countries. Then, it explores the theology of leadership — the history, sociology and globalization of leadership.

Spiritual Formation for Ministry

Spiritual Formation for Ministry (MC/SF501) develops a working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Special emphasis is given to spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in ministry. Alternative: Dynamics of Spiritual Life (CH/SF591)

Global Leadership Electives (Select Two)

Women in World Christianity (CH/WM 672)
Religions on the Silk Road (CH/TH 621)
NGOs in Development & Mission (WM682)
Trends in Global Christianity (WM684)
Global Pentecostalism (WM619)

Available this Fall

Get started on the Certificate in Global Leadership. Select from any of the following courses available this fall.

Spiritual Formation for Ministry

Spiritual Formation for Ministry

Gwenfair Walters Adams

Section: HA

Code: MC/SF501

Location: Hamilton, Digital Live

Schedule: Mon, 1:30–4:30 pm

Dates: Sep 10–Dec 21

Biblical Theology of Leadership

Biblical Theology of Leadership

Rodney L. Cooper

Section: CO1

Code: CL/NT/OT574

Location: Charlotte, Digital Live

Schedule: Online with residency

Dates: Oct 28–30

Further Study

  • MAGL 50% 50%

The Certificate in Global Leadership provides a foundation for further study through Gordon-Conwell. These six courses fulfill 50% of the 12 classes (36 hours) required for the Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL).


The Certificate in Global Leadership applies a $525 scholarship to every course.


Note: Service fees will be charged as follows for each semester/summer session in which a student registers for courses, regardless of student status or credit hours or registration type.

Fall/Spring $175 per semester
Summer I, II, III $100 per session
Technology Fee $40 per semester/session

Apply Today

Apply by July 31st for Fall Courses

There is still time. Accepting a limited number of applications. Apply today!

The Application should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

Application Process

(We have simplified our application to get you started quickly with a graduate certificate.)

1. Supply basic personal information

Provide Undergraduate Credentials (GPA & Transcript)

A bachelor’s degree is required* for admission into both a graduate certificate and master’s degree program. You will be asked to self report your undergraduate GPA. You will be accepted provisionally pending receipt of an official transcript, which must be received before completing your first full course. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will also be asked to supply a personal reference.

2. Provide a Statement of Intent

You will be asked to provide a brief statement (approximately 250 words) why you desire to complete a certificate and how your studies will benefit your present or future ministry.

3. Affirm Our Community Life Statement

In order to operate as a community, all faculty, staff, and students are required to affirm and abide by our community life statement. You will be asked to assent to our statement as part of your application.

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