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

Cultural intelligence grounded in Scripture informs the 21st century Christian leader. The Graduate Certificate in Global Leadership equips students for leadership in a variety of fields including NGO placements, entrepreneurship in the marketplace, missions, and bi-vocational ministry. Courses are available 100% digital or in-person.

This certificate program is ideal for:

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


Six courses (18 credits): 5 Required & 1 Elective

Understanding Culture

To be human is to be immersed in culture. Just as Christ cared about culture, Christ-followers are to care about culture. In an increasingly globalized world, informed cultural and cross-cultural engagement matters. Observe the nuances of your own context, as well as contexts worldwide, through anthropological, sociological, and biblical lenses. Reflect on methods for contextualizing Christianity, noting how Christ both rectifies the broken and reinforces the sacred elements of every culture. Develop greater competency for more effective Christian mission, evangelism, and discipleship in every cultural climate. Discover how the gospel message uniquely integrates with the cultures of each nation, tribe, and tongue.

Biblical Theology of Leadership

In an age of moral failure, cancel culture, and misconduct allegations, how do Christian leaders lead with integrity and character? Theological training is more essential today than ever for Christian leadership. Analyze the characteristics of leadership from biblical figures and metaphors within the larger context of God's calling on his people throughout Redemptive history. Articulate a biblical theology of leadership, exegete biblical leadership concepts, observe leadership from a progressive revelation framework, identify primary biblical leadership themes and metaphors, and observe key biblical passages for informed leadership practices in the church, the mission field, and the workplace. Course prerequisites include: OT500, NT501, NT/OT517.

Global Leadership — Choose Either:

Global Leadership

Leadership is not a new phenomenon. In fact, leadership as a movement spans the entire globe and can be traced across history. In this course, you will analyze the theological, sociological, and global implications of leadership. Research the people, organizations, and issues that contributed to leadership movements. Observe the various traditions of Christian Spirituality from countries in the Global South (Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America) that influenced the development of leadership. Discover how leadership is flexible and adaptable to its cultural setting and reflect on practices for enriched, effective leadership today.

Cross-Cultural Leadership

What is a leader? What is good leadership? These seemingly simple questions are more complicated than they initially appear. Effective cross-cultural leadership is always contextualized, and different contexts carry unique expectations. To navigate this complexity, you will become better acquainted with the nuances of your own culture’s leadership preferences, you will unpack your personal leadership instincts, and you will analyze new leadership practices for the future. Course content will cater to recognizing geographic, cultural differences and discuss methods for honoring such differences within leadership roles.

Spiritual Formation — Choose Either:

Spiritual Formation for Ministry

Prioritizing spiritual formation is a fundamental ingredient to healthy ministry, academic, and workplace relations. This course will equip you to develop a vibrant spiritual and active devotional life with Christ. Learn about the multi-disciplinary nature of spiritual formation from biblical, theological, historical, liturgical, experiential, and literary perspectives. Look closely at the life of Christ as a model for developing healthy spiritual patterns and conduct case studies to observe practices from historic Christian figures for developing a robust personal spiritual discipline.

Dynamics of Spiritual Life

As spiritual beings, we attribute spiritual meaning and purpose to our activity in the world. Drawing on the Creation-Redemption narrative and the tradition of Christian Spirituality, this course presents a comprehensive model of spirituality that can be used in personal renewal, spiritual formation, spiritual direction, discipleship, and counseling. Discover how a dynamic spiritual life enhances preaching, evangelism, pastoral counseling, and more. Observe the implications a dynamic spiritual life has for everything from Christian mission to artistic visual expression. Combine theological reflection, historical analysis, literary theory, film, and practical application to explore key spiritual dynamics for a more informed approach to ministry and for a deeper life with Christ.

Missions — Choose Either:

World Mission of the Church

The task of the Great Commission has been given to the local and global church. In this course, consider the responsibility of the church to engage in mission mindfulness and mission action. Formulate a biblical understanding of mission by summarizing key themes in Scripture and by observing the historical progress of missions throughout the ages. Gain familiarity with the global Christian community, consider the approaches of contemporary mission studies, and identify key trends in contemporary global missions. Discover the various mission paradigms and isolate the key events and personalities of mission history to be better equipped for mission-oriented action in the church today.

Theology of Mission

Most Christians feel obligated to fulfill Jesus' Great Commission in Matthew 28:18–20, but what does that mean in actual practice today? In this biblical-theological introduction to God’s trinitarian mission, discover the development of ecumenical, evangelical, and Roman Catholic mission theology from the past 120 years. Examine the relationship between social action and evangelism, the development of mission, and the relation of Christianity to other religions. In concluding this course, you will be able to articulate the major theological issues in contemporary mission including unreached peoples, mission and imperialism, Islam and Christian mission, theology of religions, urban mission, and the re-evangelization of the West.

General Elective Course

Recommended Options:

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)

Please consult the current year Academic Catalog for the most up-to-date information about this (and any) program requirements. Returning students should refer to the checksheet they were admitted to.

Upcoming Courses

Further Study

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


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* 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.

Note: Unfortunately, our Graduate Certificate programs are not eligible for federal aid.

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