Welcome to the improving Certificate of Ministry Program through Truett Seminary and Baylor University.
This program is designed for people who want the education and confidence that comes with a seminary education, but who do not have the finances, schedule, or inclination/ability to go to seminary. We desire this program to educate and equip pastors, ministers, and lay-people with solid scriptural instruction, theology, and ministerial preparation, while they are engaged in their current schedules and lives.
Our goal is for anyone to gain knowledge of their faith, confidence in ministry, and an increased effectiveness in ministering to others. Whether you feel called to serve a local church as pastor/minister/volunteer, study the Bible more, or simply to pursue your faith more deeply, we want to help you with a program that is tailored to your calling and desires.
After 10 years of correspondence based work, we are transitioning to a much more efficient and featured online based program. This transition will take a few months before it is complete, but new students will still be able to start on this new course track and continue along it as the new courses are rolled out.
Students are assigned readings and simple course assignments that are completed and turned in online. Assignments are short, but intended to prompt thinking and reflection, and students will progress from one course to the next until finished.
Studies in the Certificate of Ministry Program are self-directed. There are no classes to attend (unless you participate in an optional class at a participating church - contact us about these options), or schedules that must be adhered to. You are free to progress on an accelerated schedule, or to take your time. We understand the difficulties of managing commitments of work, rest, family, ministry, and studies. This program is designed to allow you to determine how it might best fit in your schedule.
The course structure is 6 core courses, and then 4 additional courses that will vary depending on your context of ministry and interests. Each course is intended to be no more than 12 weeks in length, and each course costs $200 with books, registration fees, technology fees, and all other resources included (these course payments total up to only $2000 for the entire Truett Seminary / Baylor University program).
If you are unable to pay the entire course registration amount, and would like to arrange a payment plan, or to inquire about group/family discounts, or other discounts and scholarships, please contact the Certificate of Ministry Program office at Truett_Certificate@baylor.edu. We offer discounts to encourage learning in community and groups, and occasionally we have additional scholarship funding for different types of students.