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

5 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
The Story of the Kingdom KTB VIKTB-1000
Understanding the Kingdom KTB VIKTB-1006
Demonstrating the Kingdom KTB VIKTB-1200
Spiritual Formation LCD VIMIN-1000
Capstone: Kingdom of God CAP VICAP-1600

6 Units - Ministry Courses

These courses provide a framework for theological understanding and the application of that understanding within a variety of ministry areas.

Course Name Category Course ID
Assimilation LCD VIMIN-1030
Discipleship & Evangelism MIS VIMIN-1020
Hermeneutics 1 KTB VIKTB-1020
Homiletics LCD VIMIN-1040
Ministry to the Poor SJT VIMIN-1010
Pastoral Care & Small Groups LCD VIMIN-1050

4 Units - Applied Ministry Courses (previously known as Praxis)

Coming Soon! The new Applied Ministry courses will replace the previously offered Praxis courses for this certificate. There will be a change to the number of units required for this requirement and more details will be announced before registration opens on December 17th, 2018 for winter quarter.

13 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 on a calling below to see a list of recommended electives.

2 Units - Capstone Courses

This is an integrative essay course that is required after you have completed 4 elective courses of a similar type. Details will be coming out later this year regarding which 4 courses a Capstone course will follow. As you write about these courses, you will understand what are the most essential and important points to know and be able to draw together the knowledge and skills you have obtained and identify how to apply it to your everyday life.  Check back here for more details before Q1, 2019 begins.

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: ACBL Certificate Checklist (pdf)

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