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

Below we have highlighted for you the required and recommended elective courses that you will want to take throughout your time in VI.

  • Required Core Courses +

    Required Kingdom of God Courses
    Story of the Kingdom Croasmun & Williams
    Understanding the Kingdom Morphew
    Demonstrating the Kingdom Various Instructors
    Spiritual Formation Summerell
    Kingdom of God: Capstone Howitt & Morphew
  • Required Ministry Courses +

    Required Ministry Courses
    Assimilation :Transforming 1st Time Guests into Engaged MembersChorlian
    Discipleship and EvangelismVan Dop & Mendola
    Hermeneutics 1Morphew
    Homiletics: The Art of PreachingNathan
    Ministry to the PoorHowitt & Morphew
    Pastoral Care and Small GroupsRees, Rønne-Samuelsen & Hawes
  • Recommended Electives +

    Recommended Electives
    1 Corinthians Howitt
    Ancient and Contemporary Gnosticism Morphew
    Church History 1 Jackson
    Healing 1 Venter
    Healing 2 Venter
    Latter Prophets 1: Amos,Hosea, Jonah, Isaiah,Micah,Nahum and Zephania Oswalt
    Luke-Acts Morphew
    Matthew/Mark Morphew
    Old Testament Theology Kim
    Pauline Literature and Theology Williams
    Philosophy of Ministry Venter
    Reconciliation Montgomery & Venter
    The Book of Hebrews Morphew
    The Holy Spirit: God Inside Out Ponsonby
    The Pentateuch Russell
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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 or 3 years 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 praxis courses provide a structured way for both student and church to benefit as students are trained to be ministry leaders 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)