Advanced Certificates

Sample CertificateStudents interested in continuing their education beyond a Primary-level certificate may take additional courses that lead toward a 15-course Advanced certificate in their chosen track—Ministry or Christian Studies.

Advanced certificates require five courses—typically selected from in-person Seminar Courses—in addition to the 10 courses required for a Primary-level certificate. Students may begin taking Seminar Courses toward an Advanced certificate at any time, regardless of whether they have completed the 10 required Primary-level courses.

Completion of the 15 courses leads toward one of the following:

  • Advanced Certificate of Ministry
  • Advanced Certificate of Christian Studies

Additionally, students may opt to choose an Advanced-level ministry concentration through one of the partnership options listed below.


For those serving in areas of children's ministry, Truett offers two options for an Advanced Certificate in Children's Ministry.

Advanced Certificate in Children's Ministry (in Texas)

Sample CertificateChildren's Ministers may choose an in-person study option in partnership with the Texas Baptists Certification Program for Childhood Educators.

The Advanced Certificate in Children's Ministry is awarded to those who complete both the Texas Baptists Childhood Ministry Certification and Truett's Certificate of Christian Foundation. The courses in these two programs may be taken simultaneously and the respective certificates can be achieved in any order.

Texas Baptists: Childhood Ministry Certification

The following Childhood Ministry Certification courses are typically offered at the Texas Baptists campus in Dallas and in conjunction with other designated events in Texas:

  • Characteristics of Preschoolers and Children
  • Essentials of Ministry
  • Family Ministry
  • Guidance in the Classroom
  • Implementation of a Safe Ministry Area
  • Leadership in the Church
  • Principles of Teaching/How to Choose Curriculum
  • Special Need Ministry
  • Theology of Children

Advanced Certificate in Children's Ministry (Online)

Sample CertificateChildren's Ministers may choose an online study option in partnership with the BGAV - Ministry Equipping Network.

This Advanced Certificate of Ministry is awarded to those who complete the Ministry Equipping Network’s Certification in Children’s Ministry, Truett's Certificate of Christian Foundation, and one additional approved elective. The courses in these two programs may be taken simultaneously and the respective certificates can be achieved in any order.

Ministry Equipping Network: Certification in Children’s Ministry

The following Ministry Equipping Network courses are typically offered online with a varying schedule:

  • The Family of God
  • Developmental Stages and Ages
  • Teaching Techniques/Approaches
  • Bible Study Basics
  • Children’s Ministry 101
  • Best Practices of Teaching
  • Choosing and Evaluating Curriculum
  • Children’s Ministry Elective (student’s choice)

Advanced Certificate in Youth Ministry

Sample CertificateThis Advanced-level certificate is offered in partnership with the BGAV - Ministry Equipping Network and may be completed entirely online.

It is awarded to those who complete the Ministry Equipping Network’s Certification in Youth Ministry, Truett's Certificate of Christian Foundation, and one additional approved elective. The courses in these two programs may be taken simultaneously and the respective certificates can be achieved in any order.

Ministry Equipping Network: Certification in Youth Ministry

The following Ministry Equipping Network courses are typically offered online with a varying schedule:

  • The Family of God
  • Developmental Stages and Ages
  • Teaching Techniques/Approaches
  • Bible Study Basics
  • Youth Ministry 101
  • Best Practices of Teaching Youth
  • Choosing and Evaluating Curriculum
  • Youth Ministry Elective (student’s choice)

Advanced Certificate in Family Ministry

Sample CertificateThis Advanced-level certificate is offered in partnership with the BGAV - Ministry Equipping Network and may be completed entirely online.

It is awarded to those who complete both the Ministry Equipping Network’s Certification in Family Ministry and Truett's Certificate of Christian Foundation. The courses in these two programs may be taken simultaneously and the respective certificates can be achieved in any order.

Ministry Equipping Network: Certification in Family Ministry

The following Ministry Equipping Network courses are typically offered online with a varying schedule:

  • The Family of God
  • Developmental Stages and Ages
  • Teaching Techniques/Approaches
  • Bible Study Basics
  • Family Ministry 101
  • Models of Family Ministry
  • Building Faith at Home
  • Leading and Caring for Others
  • Youth/Children’s Ministry Elective (student’s choice)
  • Youth/Children’s Ministry Elective (student’s choice)

Advanced Certificate in Church Finance

Sample CertificateThis Advanced-level certificate is offered in partnership with the BGAV - Ministry Equipping Network and may be completed entirely online.

It is awarded to those who complete both the Ministry Equipping Network’s Church Finance Course of Study and one of Truett's Primary-level Certificates. The courses in these two programs may be taken simultaneously and the respective certificates can be achieved in any order.

Ministry Equipping Network: Church Finance Studies

The following Ministry Equipping Network courses are typically offered online with a varying schedule:

  • The Bible and Church Finances and the Church as a Legal Entity
  • State and Federal Tax Reporting Requirements
  • The Role of the Church Treasurer, Giving, Spending, and Saving
  • Managing Your Financial Records
  • Financial Support of Church Staff
  • Managing Legal and Financial Risks

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