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Advanced Certificate in Biblical Leadership

Certificate Overview

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.

Certificate Requirements

Below 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: 30

1 Unit = 1 Course

8 Units - Required Courses

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

Course Name Category Course ID
Spiritual Formation LCD VIMIN-1000
Theology of the Kingdom KTB VIKTB-1005
Biblical Metanarrative KTB VIKTB-1015
Ministry to the Poor SJT VIMIN-1010
Discipleship & Evangelism MIS VIMIN-1020
Assimilation LCD VIMIN-1030
Homiletics LCD VIMIN-1040 
Pastoral Care & Small Groups LCD VIMIN-1050

1 Unit - HIS Category

Students must take at least one (HIS) Historical, Contextual & Systematic Theology course in order to graduate.

15 Units - Electives

There are a great number of electives to choose from within a variety of categories to best equip you.  Based on your calling, we have recommended a list of electives that will prepare you for what God is calling you to.  Click here to choose your learning path.

6 Units - Praxis Courses (Mentoring)

In these courses you will work with your local pastor/delegated leader to complete 45 hours per unit of hands-on training in each of the ministry topics.   Praxis is designed to be flexible: you may accrue hours in multiple topics each quarter in order to accommodate opportunities in your local church.