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Graduate Certificate In

Christian Studies

6 Courses (18 Credits)

Available 100% remote or through our Boston, Charlotte or Jacksonville campuses

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

Courses

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 Fall

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

Campus/Community:

Theology Survey II

Theology Survey II

Adonis Vidu

Section: SEML

Code: TH502-I

Location: Semlink

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Exploring the Old Testament

Exploring the Old Testament

Douglas K. Stuart

Section: SEML

Code: OT500-I

Location: Semlink

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Theology Survey I

Donald Fairbairn & Viacheslav V. Lytvynenko

Section: SEML

Code: TH501-I

Location: Semlink

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Exploring the New Testament

Tony Ryan Jackson

Section: SEML

Code: NT501-I

Location: Semlink

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Exploring the New Testament

Exploring the New Testament

David Palmer

Section: JA

Code: NT501

Location: Jacksonville, Digital Live

Schedule: Online with residency

Dates: Oct 19-22

Theology Survey II

Juan Carlos Morales

Section: PB

Code: TH502

Location: Englewood, Digital Live

Schedule: Thurs, 5–9:30pm, Fri–Sat, 9am–9pm, Sun, 9am–3:30pm

Dates: Nov 19–22

Theology Survey II

Theology Survey II

Adonis Vidu

Section: HA

Code: TH502

Location: Hamilton

Schedule: Fri, 9:10am–12:10pm

Dates: Sep 10–Dec 21

Exploring the Old Testament

Exploring the Old Testament

Carol Kaminski

Section: HA

Code: OT500

Location: Hamilton

Schedule: Mon, 9:10am–12:10pm

Dates: Sep 10–Dec 21

Exploring the New Testament

Mark Jennings

Section: HA

Code: NT501

Location: Centerpoint Church, Concord, NH

Schedule: Fri 6:00–9:00pm, Sat 9:00am–5:00pm

Dates: Sep 25–26, Oct 23–24

Theology Survey I

Theology Survey I

John Jefferson Davis

Section: HA

Code: TH501

Location: Hamilton, Digital Live

Schedule: Fri, 9:10am–12:10pm

Dates: Sep 10–Dec 21

Exploring the Old Testament

Exploring the Old Testament

James Critchlow

Section: HB

Code: OT500

Location: Penney Memorial Baptist Church, Augusta, ME

Schedule: Fri 6:00–9:00pm, Sat 9:00am–5:00pm

Dates: Sep 11–12, Sep 18–19

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

Interpreting the Bible

Interpreting the Bible

Gerald Wheaton

Section: CO1

Code: NT/OT517-O

Location: Digital Live

Schedule: Online

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Exploring the Old Testament

Exploring the Old Testament

Catherine Leigh McDowell

Section: CA

Code: OT500

Location: Charlotte, Digital Live

Schedule: Fri (Zoom only) 7:00–9:00 pm, Sat 9:00am – 4:00pm

Dates: Sep 18–19, Oct 16–17, Nov 13–14

Theology Survey I

Andrew J. Martin

Section: CA

Code: TH501

Location: Charlotte, Digital Live

Schedule: Fri 6:30–9:30pm, Sat 8:30am–4:30pm

Dates: Sep 11–12, Oct 9–10, Nov 6–7

Theology Survey I

William David Spencer

Section: BA

Code: TH501

Location: Digital Live

Schedule: Tues, 6:00–10:00pm (7 week alternating)

Dates: Sep 22–Dec 15

Exploring the Old Testament

Exploring the Old Testament

Quonekuia A. Day

Section: BA

Code: OT500

Location: Digital Live

Schedule: Weds, 6:00–10:00pm (7 week alternating)

Dates: Sep 23–Dec 16

Further Study

The Certificate in Christian Studies provides a foundation for futher study through Gordon-Conwell.

  • MAGL 50% 50%

These six courses (18 hours) fulfill 50% of Gordon-Conwell’s MA in Global Leadership.

  • MACM 37.5% 37.5%

These six courses (18 hours) fulfill just over one-third of Gordon-Conwell’s MA in Christian Ministry. Not ready to start the MACM? Consider completing a second, six-course certificate (e.g. Lay Counseling), which would work toward the MACM elective space.

  • M.Div 20% 20%

In the same way, the Certificate in Christian Studies lays the foundation for the M.Div. fulfilling 20% of its requirements.

TUITION RATES (Fall 2020)

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).

SERVICES FEES

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

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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