Graduate Certificate in Ministry

This program of study challenges emerging leaders to influence the world from a biblical worldview.

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Overview

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

This program facilitates academic preparation for preaching, teaching, Bible-based ministry, and further graduate studies. Students will learn essential leadership principles for ministry in a growing local church as well as contemporary apologetics.

 

Program Objectives

  • Show effective communication skills for global ministry in any context.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic content and themes of the Word of God to include humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ as found in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
  • Be able to explain the ramifications of the Christian gospel for the student’s personal life, to include the importance of biblical leadership in the context of the church and the world.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to lead with integrity grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldview and values system.

Time & Cost

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

This program requires 8 courses (or 24 credit hours), which can be completed within 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 Graduate Tuition Rate = $280 per credit hour

Example Breakdown

Application Fee: $50

Semester 1

Tuition for 3 courses (full-time): $2,520
Library card fee (one-time): $10
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,630

Semester 2

Tuition for 3 courses (full-time): $2,520
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,620

Semester 3

Tuition for 2 courses (part-time): $1,680
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $1,780

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Graduation Fee: $100

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TOTAL COST: $7,180

Note: books and required class resources are not included in this breakdown, but can be estimated at $300 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 Graduate Academic Catalog.

All Courses
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MBIB 602Biblical Issues for Leadership3
MMIN 501The Intercultural Study of World Religions3
MMIN 502Contemporary Issues in Apologetics3
MMIN 503History of Church Traditions3
MMIN 505Chaplaincy & Pastoral Ministries3
MMIN 601Biblical Preaching3
MMIN 607Church: Theory & Practice in Contemporary Contexts3
MMIN 608Church Development & Expansion3
Total Credit Hours:24

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

All applicants applying for admission to one of GCD’s graduate programs must submit official transcripts showing an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent academic achievement approved by GCD’s Academic Office. Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

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.

Jeff’s Story

Like most of today’s college students, Jeff leads a busy life. Balancing family, work, and serving at his local church is a tough act, but he sensed the need to sharpen his leadership for effective Kingdom impact.

“The local church is the hope of the world and Grace College of Divinity is effectively training those who will lead the cause of the church to pursue their mission with reverence, wisdom and excellence.”

Take Your Next Step

More Than Book Learning

Receive training from faculty with years of ministry experience

Information on nearly any topic is available for free on the internet. How do we make sense of it? More importantly, how do we use what we’re learning in real life? GCD’s faculty are qualified in their fields of study, and their ministry experience can help you translate what you’re learning in practical ways.

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.