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Certificate in Biblical Leadership

Certificate Overview

This 15 unit Certificate in Biblical Leadership is recommended for students who are preparing for future ministry leadership, but need a less rigorous pace than the 30 unit certificate. Through the coursework, which includes Bible teaching, theology, practical ministry, spiritual formation and mentoring, you will develop the skills and gifting needed for your role in ministry. Once you have obtained the 15 unit requirement for this certificate level it can be applied to the 30 unit Advanced Certificate so that you may continue to grow your knowledge and experience and achieve the advanced level.

Certificate Requirements

For the 15 Unit Certificate in Biblical Leadership, here are the outlined requirements you need to graduate at this level. Based on your calling, the recommended elective courses may vary but the basic requirements are the same across all callings.

Total Units Required to Graduate: 15

Kingdom of God Track – 5 Units

These courses provide an overall framework from which to view all of the other courses in Vineyard Institute.

The Kingdom of God Track
Story of the Kingdom VIKTB-1000
Understanding the Kingdom VIKTB-1006
Demonstrating the Kingdom VIKTB-1200
Spiritual Formation VIMIN-1000
Capstone: Kingdom of God VICAP-1600

Choose one of the 2 Applied Ministry Courses Tracks – 5 Units

These courses provide a framework for theological understanding and the application of that understanding within a variety of ministry areas.  Students choose to complete either of the track options below:

Applied Ministry Skills Track 1
Hermeneutics VIKTB-1020
Homiletics VIMIN-1040
Ministry to the Poor VIMIN-1010
Apply It –Develop Your Sermon APP-T1-A
Apply It -Your Community Impact APP-T1-B
Applied Ministry Skills Track 2
Assimilation VIMIN-1030
Discipleship and Evangelism VIMIN-1020
Pastoral Care and Small Groups VIMIN-1050
Apply It – Your Practical Skills APP-T2-A
Apply It – Develop Your Community APP-T2-B 

Complete 1 Additional Track of Your Choice – 5 Units

  • Old Testament Track
  • New Testament Track
  • Local Church Leadership Track
  • Theology Track
  • Biblical Justice Track
  • Mission and Evangelism Track

Click here for more details on these tracks and others.

Student Checklist

We have designed a checklist that will help you lay out your course plan for the next 2 to 3 years so you can track your progress and know what classes you need to take next.

For Students starting Q4 2018 September: CBL Certificate Checklist (pdf)

For Students who started courses prior to Q4 2018 September: CBL Certificate Checklist (pdf)