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The Certificate in Christian Studies provides a foundational framework for Christian thought and ministry.

Students should be committed Christians exploring or pursuing Christian ministry. The six courses in this certificate are intended to foster a thoughtful, loving, Christ-centered approach to your ministry context. The Certificate in Christian Studies also provides a foundation for further theological study.

This certificate program is ideal for:

  • Elders & Deacons
  • Church Staff
  • Small Group Leaders
  • Christian Mentors
  • Campus Ministry Staff
  • Missionaries


Six courses (18 credits)

Exploring the Old Testament

Exploring the Old Testament (OT500) highlights the big picture of the Old Testament through the lens of God’s relationship with his people. We will explore the content, context, message, and purpose of each Old Testament book. We will see how each book fits into the overarching story of the Old Testament and how the unfolding narrative points forward to Jesus as the climax in the story of redemption.

Exploring the New Testament

Exploring the New Testament (NT501) traces the revelation of the Good News of Jesus Christ from the time of Jesus’ inauguration of God’s Kingdom, through the international missionary work of the Apostle Paul, to the Church’s communal life and witness in the first-century world. We will explore the content, context, message, and purpose of each New Testament book and see how they show the fulfillment of Scripture’s overarching narrative.

Interpreting the Bible

Interpreting the Bible (OT/NT517) builds a broad foundation for responsible and productive study of Scripture by orienting students to the essential tools and issues in the field of hermeneutics. The course enables students to adapt the knowledge and skills acquired to their specific ministry contexts.
Prerequisites: OT500 & NT501

Theology Survey I

Theology Survey I (TH501) focuses on the theological method, revelation, inspiration, and canon of scripture; existence and attributes of God; Trinity; creation and providence; human nature, and original and actual sin.

Theology Survey II

Theology Survey II (TH502) focuses on the person and work of Christ, predestination, conversion, justification, sanctification, and the work of the Holy Spirit; perseverance; the nature and mission of the Church; sacraments, and eschatology. Prerequisite: TH 501

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)

Available this Spring

Spring course list coming Soon. (Estimate: Nov. 2)

Further Study

Our Graduate Certificates are intentionally modular, allowing you to stack certificates together to build towards (or even complete) a master’s degree.

*The MACM is a “professional degree,” which primarily means it is weighted toward developing practical ministry skills. As such, six of the concentration electives in the MACM should be drawn from practical theology or counseling courses. Currently, the Certificate in Lay Counseling and Certificate in Spiritual Formation fit ideally in this scenario.

In the same way, certificates can be applied toward the MATS (60 credits) or the MDIV (90 credits). Graduate certificates allow you to start small and work toward a full MA.


Limited Time Special Offer

In response to the difficulties created by COVID-19, Gordon-Conwell is offering a limited time discount of 40% off our standard tuition for courses taken for the Certificate in Christian Studies through summer 2021. This allows us to offer you a rate of $435 per credit hour ($1,305 per three-credit course).

* All students can expect to receive some form of financial assistance. Most students qualify for the scholarship listed here. Reach out to our admissions team (using the form below) to see if you qualify for this or any other scholarships or financial assistance.

** The estimated total price is based on current tuition rates. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.


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 semester/session

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Apply by December 15th
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