Primary Certificates

Truett Seminary offers two standard Primary-level certificates: the Certificate of Ministry and the Certificate of Christian Studies. These two study tracks are intended to serve laypeople and ministers alike and to allow every student to determine his or her preferred path. We also offer additional certificate options at the Primary-level for students with specific ministry interests.

Primary-level certificates require the completion of the Certificate of Christian Foundation.


Certificate of Ministry

Sample CertificateThe Certificate of Ministry is ideally suited for students following a calling toward ministry (and not just those called to the role of pastor). The program is open to anyone, regardless of gender, background, or experience.

To earn a Certificate of Ministry, students must complete the Certificate of Christian Foundation and these four additional courses:

  • Pastoral Care (COM06)
  • Preaching 1 (COM07)
  • Elective 1*
  • Elective 2*

*Electives can be chosen from any combination of seminar courses, partnership courses, or Independent Study Projects.


Certificate of Christian Studies

Sample CertificateThe Certificate of Christian Studies is designed for students who want to further their personal study but do not need or desire the stronger ministry emphasis of the Certificate of Ministry.

To earn a Certificate of Christian Studies, students must complete the Certificate of Christian Foundation and these four additional courses:

  • Christian Care (CCS06)
  • Christian Witness (CCS07)
  • Elective 1*
  • Elective 2*

*Electives can be chosen from any combination of seminar courses, partnership courses, or Independent Study Projects.


Certificate of Chaplaincy Ministry

Sample CertificateThe Certificate of Chaplaincy Ministry may be the appropriate option for students feeling led to serve as volunteer chaplains. This certificate is offered in partnership with Texas Baptist Chaplaincy Relations.

Students working toward a Certificate of Chaplaincy Ministry must meet a specific set of requirements outlined in the Certificate Program Course Catalog. These requirements may include a combination of the following:

  • Hands on Ministry — These 12 hours of classroom training provide an extensive overview of practical chaplain ministry in a variety of settings.
  • Disaster Spiritual Care — This training, administered by the Texas Crisis Resiliency Team, focuses on providing care for survivors of disasters and other traumatic events
  • Chaplaincy Mentoring Project — This project is structured similarly to an Independent Study Project and is the culminating course for the Certificate of Chaplaincy Ministry. It should be taken after all other courses have been completed. Texas Baptist Chaplaincy Relations will help students connect with an active or retired chaplain for the project. When arrangements are needed, contact the Certificate Program office and Texas Baptist Chaplaincy Relations at 214-828-5277 or chaplaincy@texasbaptists.org.

Certificate of Ministry in Western Heritage

Sample CertificateThe Certificate of Ministry in Western Heritage is designed for students serving in Western Heritage/Cowboy churches. To achieve this certificate designation, students must complete a specific Independent Study Project designed in conjunction with a Cowboy Church Clinic offered through the American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches.

Students will ideally complete the Cowboy Church Clinic Independent Study Project as the ninth or tenth course in their pursuit of a Certificate of Ministry. Any student is able to complete the Cowboy Church Clinic Independent Study Project, regardless of whether they would like to receive the Western Heritage certificate designation.