CERTIFICATES OF STUDY
There are three certificate program options to choose from, based on your desired outcome.
This 30 unit Advanced Certificate in Biblical Leadership is recommended for students who are called to church leadership, including pastors, church planters and missionaries. Through this extensive coursework that includes Bible teaching, theology, spiritual formation, practical ministry and mentoring, you will develop the skills and gifting needed for your career in ministry.
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.
This 15 unit Certificate in Biblical Leadership (Ministry Internship) can be offered at your local church in partnership with VI. The program is aimed at those who desire to gain practical ministry experience while learning, and obtain insight into various ministry leadership roles within the church. Through the coursework and the hands-on practical experience, you will develop the skills and gifting required for your role in ministry. This certificate is a combination of 9 units of coursework and 6 units of service activity. Ideally, the certificate should be completed within 1 year. However, the “course work” element can be extended up to 2 years.
This 15 unit Certificate in Biblical Studies is recommended for students who are seeking a sound, comprehensive understanding of the bible, including individual biblical books and biblical theological themes. You will receive a foundation in Old Testament and New Testament biblical studies. The curriculum reflects the theology of the Kingdom of God as the lens for studying the entire bible. Unlike the other certificates offered through VI, the Certificate of Biblical Studies focuses solely on understanding the Bible and does not include ministry courses or ministry service requirements. Because VI values spiritual formation as well as biblical learning, we include spiritual formation coursework for you with other requirements. This certificate can be accomplished completely online.