George W. Truett Theological Seminary and the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) have entered into a collaborative agreement between Truett Seminary’s Online Certificate Program and the BGAV Ministry Equipping Network in order to create several new opportunities for ministers and lay-people to earn an Advanced Certificate of Ministry.
"From its foundation in 2004 and through its ongoing development, Truett's Certificate Program is meant to serve the Church through unique and flexible access to affordable and excellent theological education,” said David Tate, Director of the Online Certificate Program. “We listen to the expressed needs and desires of our Certificate students, and innovative developments, like this partnership, flow out of our desire to serve these students in the best possible ways so that the Kingdom of God may spread."
The BGAV Ministry Equipping Network certificate courses include tracks of study focused on Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Family Ministry, and Church Finance. The classes are all offered online, giving students the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their homes while still enjoying live interactions with course instructors and fellow participants.
“The BGAV Ministry Equipping Network concentrates in providing practical ministry skill enhancement. One of the great benefits of this partnership is that students will have the opportunity to enhance their academic understanding of ministry,” said Susan McBride, Congregational Field Staff Coordinator for BGAV. “Students will receive the best of both worlds.”
Students in the program will take multiple classes through Truett examining a variety of subjects, including Scripture, theology, and Church history. The BGAV courses will be topic-specific depending on the student’s chosen track and practice focused.
Tate hopes these new options for earning an Advanced Certificate of Ministry will be particularly appealing to those who live outside of Texas and would be unable to travel to attend any of the in-person seminars required for Truett’s traditional Advanced Certificate options. No BGAV affiliation is required to pursue an Advanced Certificate through the BGAV partnership.
“The Truett and BGAV certificate programs are stronger together. We get to utilize their strengths in practical ministry training and our strengths in foundational ministry education and combine those resources together to give our students an experience that is tailor fit to them,” Tate said.
Learn more about earning an Advanced Certificate of Ministry with Truett Seminary through the BGAV partnership at baylor.edu/truett/certificate.