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Certificate in Christian Leadership

This program of study is designed to provide intensive training for students who are called to ministry in the church or the workplace.

 

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Overview

Solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

This program of study equips students to learn and apply sound Biblical leadership training such as values, vision, planning, motivation, and organizational development to embrace, understand, and live as an effective ministry leader. All of the courses within this program may also count toward one of the bachelor’s degree programs at GCD. In addition to the 30 credit hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

 

Program Objectives

  • Identify and develop a Christ-centered personal image with a strong leadership foundation to change the world by advancing the Kingdom of God.
  • Develop leaders to reach their potential in service, including  mentoring, diverse teams, understanding and communicating the Word of God.
  • Provide practical ministry opportunities that transform individuals and/or organizations.

Time & Cost

Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt. 

The Certificate in Christian Leadership program requires 10 courses (or 30 credit hours), which can be completed in 1 year for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online). GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2020-2021 Undergraduate Tuition Rate = $200 per credit hour

Example Breakdown

Application Fee: $50

Semester 1

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,400
Library card fee (one-time): $10
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,510

Semester 2

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,400
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,500

Semester 3

Tuition for 2 courses (half-time): $1,200
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $1,300

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Graduation Fee: $100

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TOTAL COST: $6,460

Note: books and required class resources are not included in this breakdown, but can be estimated at $100 per course.  Tuition rates and fees are subject to change at the discretion of GCD’s Board of Directors.

Scholarships are available for students who do not use military education benefits or federal financial aid.

Courses

Full details can be found in the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Leadership in Action
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
LIA 101Leadership in Action (Two Semesters)Pass/Fail
Bible & Theology Electives

Students Must Complete Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 100Destiny and Calling3
BIB 101Old Testament Survey3
BIB 103New Testament Survey3
BIB 104Hermeneutics3
BIB 201Writings of John3
THE 101Introduction to Theology3
THE 201Kingdom of God3
Total Credit Hours:12

 

General Studies Nonelective

All Students Must Take ENG 111

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENG 111College Writing3
Total Credit Hours:3

 

General Studies Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CNS 130Introduction to Counseling3
ENG 112Research and Writing3
HST 101Church History I3
HST 201Church History II3
HUM 130Communicating to Oral Cultures3
MTH 211College Mathematics3
PHL 101Philosophy and Worldview3
PHL 102World Religions3
SCI 301Creation Science3
Total Credit Hours:3
Leadership Nonelective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CLG 145Leadership Practicum I(a)1.5
CLG 146Leadership Practicum I(b)1.5
LEA 201Ethics3
Total Credit Hours:3
Leadership Electives

Select Any Six Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CLG 145Leadership Practicum I(a)1.5
CLG 146Leadership Practicum I(b)1.5
CLG 201Spiritual Formation3
CLG 211Church Life3
CLG 247Leadership Practicum II(a)1.5
CLG 248Leadership Practicum II(b)1.5
CLG 260Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I3
CLG 261Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II3
CLG 270Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others3
CLG 282Personal Growth and Leadership3
CNS 220Psychology of a Leader3
LEA 201Ethics3
LEA 202Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Leadership3
LEA 210Christian Leadership3
LEA 220Mentoring and Coaching3
LEA 230Strategic Leadership3
LEA 310Introduction to Organizational Leadership3
LEA 322Servant Leadership3
PHL 120Philosophy of Leading Teams3
Total Credit Hours:6
Ministry Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 100Destiny and Calling3
CLG 113Leadership Habits & Attitudes I3
CLG 114Leadership Habits & Attitudes II3
CLG 145Leadership Practicum I(a)1.5
CLG 146Leadership Practicum I(b)1.5
CLG 201Spiritual Formation3
CLG 211Church Life3
CLG 247Leadership Practicum II(a)1.5
CLG 248Leadership Practicum II(b)1.5
CLG 260Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I3
CLG 261Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II3
CLG 270Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others3
CLG 282Personal Growth and Leadership3
CNS 130Introduction to Counseling3
CNS 201Counseling I3
CNS 211Introduction to Life Coaching3
CNS 220Psychology of a Leader3
CNS 301Counseling II3
CNS 402Marriage and Family in Society3
HUM 130Communicating to Oral Cultures3
MIS 202Cross Cultural Ministry I: General Focus3
PHL 120Philosophy of Leading Teams3
Total Credit Hours:3

Admissions

Admissions section: To become a student at GCD, follow these two steps:

1.  Complete an application, which includes:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
  • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
  • A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
  • A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
    * applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.

2.  Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to registrar@gcd.edu, or by mail to our physical address:

Grace College of Divinity
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

If you are a student transfering from another college or university, click here for more information.

Mackenzie’s Story

Like most of today’s college students, Mackenzie leads a busy life. Finding time for studies was a challenge on top of family, work, and serving in her local church, but she sensed the need to be more prepared for her calling.

“One of the biggest things I learned was through the Servant Leadership class. In order to lead like Jesus you need to serve like Jesus. That’s something that I’ve been able to apply from my time at GCD to the role I’m in now.”

Take Your Next Step

Flexible, Low-Cost Learning

Complete a degree without going into debt

69% of GCD students receive financial aid or scholarships, and the GI Bill is accepted. Our generous transfer credit policy helps students move quickly toward their degree. All of GCD’s certificates and degrees can be completed online.

Effective Leaders Bring Lasting Impact

Jesus chose twelve leaders who were from differing backgrounds. Many religious leaders in that time would have overlooked them. Through teaching and training, He prepared them to lead a movement that changed the world. Whatever your call may be, training at GCD can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.