Truett Seminary at Baylor Offers Online Certificate Education for Those Seeking Faith Enrichment or Ministry PreparationMarch 30, 2017
Programs offer theological education for bi-vocational pastors, ministers, church leaders and laypeople
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WACO, Texas (March 30, 2017) — A theological education program for those looking to enrich their faith or to minister to others, but who do not have the time or money to pursue a master’s degree, is being provided through an online certification program from Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
The updated two-year Certificate of Ministry program is a perfect fit for those with busy schedules and tight budgets, among them bi-vocational pastors, ministers, church leaders and laypeople, according to the Rev. J. David Tate, coordinator of Truett’s Certificate of Ministry Program.
In addition, a new, shorter option — the 16-month Certificate of Christian Foundation — is for laypeople who want to enhance their faith.
“This is one of the best and most flexible opportunities for ministry preparation or personal edification,” Tate said. “It is now possible for anyone, regardless of academic background, to access affordable theological education.”
Truett Seminary also has formed a new partnership with the Texas Baptists Urban Church Leaders Certification. It allows students to pursue a Certificate of Ministry with four Urban Ministries course options.
All courses in the certificate programs have continuous open enrollment and may be started at any time. Assignments are accessible with only modest amounts of writing required, and most certificate students spend approximately one to three hours weekly on their studies. The courses are non-academic, so there are no grades or due dates for assignments.
ABOUT GEORGE W. TRUETT THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary provides theological education leading to the Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, the Master of Theological Studies, or the Doctor of Ministry degrees that are centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ and consistent with historic Baptist commitments to prepare persons to carry this gospel to the churches and the world. Educational options for laypeople, bi-vocational ministers and church leaders are also available online through the Certificate Program. Within the M.Div. degree program, students can choose concentrations in Biblical Studies and Theology, Christian Education, Ministry Leadership, Missions and World Christianity, Worship Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Sports Ministry, and Youth/Family/Student Ministry. Truett Seminary also offers four Dual Degree programs – an M.Div./MSW and MTS/MSW through a partnership with Baylor’s School of Social Work, an M.Div./Master of Music through a partnership with the Baylor’s School of Music, an M.Div./MBA through a partnership with Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, and an M.Div./J.D. degree through a partnership with Baylor’s School of Law. Visit www.baylor.edu/truett to learn more.