Certificate Programs

The Certificate Programs offer training in specialized areas of ministry for the new or advanced person in ministry. Each program is offered in a contextualized format allowing you to maximize your integration of the information gained in lectures and classmate interaction. These are non-degree, non-credit earning programs and are therefore exempt from the admission requirements of traditional students in our graduate programs.

Thriving in Church Ministries

This certificate seeks to assist the pastoral leader to integrate personal and spiritual development with their practice of ministry. Particular attention will be given to the development of skills and practices that enhance both the well-being and effectiveness of the pastoral leader and the interrelatedness between personal care and the development of effective ministry practices. Interaction in the classroom will be integrated with implementation within the student’s ministry context. Course will be held at the Cleveland and Detroit Centers. Beginning Fall 2017.


Seminar 1 – Cultivating Conditions that Bring Well-Being

This seminar will address the major ingredients necessary for personal and spiritual flourishing in effective, pastoral ministry. Pastors will learn to create the conditions for their own well-being which include such things as fostering healthy relationships, building and sustaining relational bonding, mentors, peer groups, and creating authenticity. Pastors will explore their understanding of their core identity in relation to their calling. Focused attention will be given to the practical skills necessary for planning, problem definition, and problem solving. Interaction and implementation in the classroom will be integrated with the student’s work in Project Based Learning I.

Project Based Learning I (taken concurrently with Seminar 1)

This course is designed to assist students to integrate curricular content with practical experience within the context of ministry. An action-reflection method will be employed, under the supervision of a mentor, focused on consultation on a ministry project or analysis of case studies, in which students will have both small group and individual responsibilities. Analysis of the project will be built upon the experience of the course, team projects, or case studies. Students will focus on solving ministry-related problems, building consensus in decision-making, and working within the context of community. Project Based Learning Course #1 is focused on the completion of a group project, forming a critical foundation for Project Based Learning Course #2.

Seminar 2 – Effective Ministry in Practice

This seminar will address the connection between well-being and effectiveness in leading a congregation. Pastors will create capacity by developing a plan of continuing education, networking, and spiritual formation. Pastors will explore their passions and gifts and seek to integrate them with practices within their specific ministries.

Project Based Learning II (taken concurrently with Seminar 2)

This course is designed to guide the students through the design, implementation, and assessment of a project within their context of ministry under the supervision of a field mentor. Employing an action-reflection model, students will identify challenges related to the project and design and implement a workable solution. Assessment of the completed project will assist the students to reflect on future related projects. Project Based Learning Course #2 is focused on the completion of a project by an individual student within that student’s identified context of ministry.

CLD 6630 Leading the People of God

This course equips students to develop a philosophy of leadership, based upon a biblical, theological and Christian tradition. This will include both character and competency issues that leaders must know, develop and apply within their context of ministry. It will also orient students to healthy congregational structures, administration, and stewardship with a particular emphasis on essential financial processes.

Certificate in Christian Care and Counseling

The Certificate in Christian Counseling and Care is designed to integrate Christian spiritual themes with practical methods for ministry in Christian care and counseling. The program requires successful completion of five courses and two project-based learning courses addressing the development of specific skills with personal and spiritual care, developed within the larger framework of Christian spiritual themes. Pastors, counselors and caregivers, will integrate the program with their context of ministry through the development of a focused project under the supervision of a field mentor. Courses will be held in partnership with Emerge Ministries and will be held at their education facility (900 Mull Ave, Akron, OH 44313). Beginning Fall 2017.


CNS 5501 - Spiritual Themes in Counseling

This course provides the counselor with an overview of components of the client's identity, focus, and direction from a spiritual perspective. Special attention is given to the self concept, forgiveness, and suffering in clinical work. Attention will also be given to the impact of spirituality on the healing process.

PCC 5520 – Person in Ministry

This course provides the counselor with an overview of components of the client's identity, focus, and direction from a spiritual perspective. Special attention is given to the selfconcept, forgiveness, and suffering in clinical work. Attention will also be given to the impact of spirituality on the healing process.

PCC 5530 – Pastoral Counseling and Care

This course is designed to introduce students to the historic practices of pastoral care and counseling as set forth both in scripture and in church history. Pastoral care will be viewed as involving interactions with individuals and groups of people needing pastoral care; equipping the people of Christ to care for one another; and helping the local church embrace its responsibility to the surrounding community and the wider world. This course will also explore preliminary intervention in pastoral counseling, helping students to practice basic counseling skills and mobilize lay people in the local church to engage in a broad range of care giving ministries.

CNS 5512 – Crisis Counseling

This course is designed to familiarize the counselor with the special models, theories and techniques of crisis intervention. Crisis management resources are identified and special crisis situations are explored.

PCC 6657 – Counseling Marriage, Family, and Relational Issues

This course will assist caregivers in addressing the issues that arise within the church relative to marriage, family, and relational dynamics. Included will be understanding and skill development in pre-marital counseling, basic marriage counseling from a pastoral perspective, and counseling family dynamics. This course will also provide essential understanding and competency that equips the pastoral counselor to be an effective servant of reconciliation and relational wellbeing.

Project Based Learning I

This course is designed to assist students to integrate curricular content with practical experience within the context of ministry. An action-reflection method will be employed, under the supervision of a mentor, focused on consultation on a ministry project or analysis of case studies, in which students will have both small group and individual responsibilities. Analysis of the project will be built upon the experience of the course, team projects, or case studies. Students will focus on solving ministry-related problems, building consensus in decision-making, and working within the context of community. Project Based Learning Course #1 is focused on the completion of a group project, forming a critical foundation for Project Based Learning Course #2.

Project Based Learning II

This course is designed to guide the students through the design, implementation, and assessment of a project within their context of ministry under the supervision of a field mentor. Employing an action-reflection model, students will identify challenges related to the project and design and implement a workable solution. Assessment of the completed project will assist the students to reflect on future related projects. Project Based Learning Course #2 is focused on the completion of a project by an individual student within that student’s identified context of ministry.