Certificate of Ministry Program

Certificate of Ministry Program

Welcome to the 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.

We are now also offering a six course Certificate of Christian Foundation for those not interested in pursuing the entire series of 10 courses.


Our goal is for anyone to gain knowledge of their faith 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.

How it Works

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 cohort at a participating church - see our Church Groups page for more information), and the weekly assignments are very modest.

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 Certificate of Ministry contains the following:
Course Duration Information
CMP00 8 weeks (Orientation to studies and to Christ, and being spiritually formed to be Christlike)
CMP01-05 12 weeks each (Five foundational courses in Scripture, Theology, and Church History)

CMP06+ 8 weeks each (Four total - courses in ministry, electives, and other subjects that build on CMP01-06)

The first course is 8 weeks long and is intended to get students oriented to Christ and to their studies, the 5 remaining core courses are 12 weeks each. Lastly there would then be 4 additional courses that will vary depending on your context of ministry and interests. These additional courses are usually only 8 weeks each, which means that the entire Certificate of Ministry program is intended to be completed in around 2 years of very manageable study.


Each course costs $250 - which includes registration and all fees.

Courses are paid for as you take them, and if you are unable to pay the $250 course cost up front, 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.