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How Do I Become a Ministry Leader?

Have you heard God’s calling on you to love, serve and lead His people in ministry?  The specific approach may be an unanswered question.  Or you might already be leading others in a specific area of ministry like children and youth, or perhaps reaching out to the poor or running a marriage and family ministry. 

You are a leader and desire to serve others as they serve the Lord, but you may feel the need for more.  You might desire a theological foundation for your experiences of God.  You might feel the need to gain more knowledge in all areas of ministry such that you see it in context with your own. While you and others may not see your gifting as senior pastor, there is an internal and external call to significantly grow the Kingdom.  With all the diverse ways to serve the Lord, it’s your hope that you would know a little more about all the areas, while at the same time dive into the area of ministry God has placed on your heart.

The Journey to become a Ministry Leader

In order to prepare and equip you for leading the ministry that God is calling you to, we highly recommend that you enter into a commitment to complete an Advanced Certificate of Biblical Leadership which is focused on teaching and equipping you with the practical skills of leadership while giving you the insight and knowledge of Scripture.   

Below we have highlighted the required tracks and our recommendation for other tracks that will benefit you as you learn and grow through this journey of becoming a ministry leader.

  • Required Tracks - 15 Units +

    Kingdom of God Track
    Story of the Kingdom Croasmun & Williams
    Understanding the Kingdom Morphew
    Demonstrating the Kingdom Various Instructors
    Spiritual Formation Summerell
    Kingdom of God: Capstone Howitt & Morphew
    Applied Ministry Skills Track 2*
    Discipleship and Evangelism Mendola & Van Dop
    Pastoral Care and Small Groups Hawes, Rees & Samuelsen
    Assimilation Chorlian
    Apply It – Your Practical Skills Local Leadership
    Apply It – Develop Your Community Local Leadership
    Applied Ministry Skills Track 1*
    Hermeneutics 1 Morphew
    Homiletics Nathan
    Ministry to the Poor Howitt & Morphew
    Apply It - Develop Your Sermon Local Leadership
    Apply It - Your Community Impact Local Leadership

    *These two tracks can be taken in any order.

  • Recommended Tracks - 5 Units +

    Local Church Leadership Track
    Philosophy of Ministry Venter
    Church Growth Nathan
    Church Development & Leadership (Q2 2019) TBA
    Heroic Leadership Strout
    Capstone: Local Church Leadership
  • Complete 2 Additional Tracks of Your Choice - 10 Units +

    Additional Tracks
    Old Testament Track
    New Testament Track
    Theology Track
    Biblical Justice Track
    Mission and Evangelism Track
    Choice Track (You may choose to do this one twice)
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Student Expectations

We want to make sure you have all the facts about your upcoming course experience so you know how to prepare and be able to set appropriate expectations of the next 2+ years (depending on part-time or full-time course load) with us and to be able to set aside the right amount of time for each course of study. Click here to see the highlights of your course experience.

The vast majority of our students become involved in a church community in service and support of practical ministry initiatives.  The Vineyard Institute’s applied ministry courses provide a structured way for both student and church to benefit as you are trained to be church planters right in your own church.  Serving your church in this manner is a great way for your spiritual and practical gifts to be recognized.

Requirements for Graduation

  • 30 Courses (2 or 3 years to complete)
  • 270 Praxis Hours
  • 2.0 or higher GPA
  • Certification upon Graduation

Advanced Certificate in Biblical Leadership (ACBL)

Certificate in Biblical Leadership (CBL)