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Certificate in Ministry / Church Leadership

Program Details

The Certificate in Ministry program at Virginia University of Lynchburg is a one-year, non-degree program of study intended to help practicing ministers and laypersons improve their overall competency and efficiency. The Certificate in Ministry with a concentration in Church Leadership program is an entirely online derivative that focuses on enhancing leadership qualities and responsibility. This certificate may be ideal for pastors, ministers, chairpersons, and diaconates, among other individuals involved in ministry.

This program does not result in a degree, but the credits earned may be applied to some Bachelor of Arts and Associate of Arts Degrees without loss of credit. Students should consult with advisors in order to see what credits may or may not be transferred.

It is the goal of this program to produce candidates that hold specific theological, pastoral, and ministerial skills competencies. They will have a good understanding of scripture and how it affects one's experiences and interactions with others. Students may grasp the historical framing of Christianity and the way it affects and is affected by interfaith and cultural issues. As leaders, graduates should be able to put a name to their own style, limitations, and cultural perspectives. They should also be able to effectively participate in different groups, through both discussion and collaboration, and listen and respond to others with empathy and understanding.

To earn this Certificate of Ministry, students must earn a total of 35 hours of credit from a prescribed plan of study. Generally this program is completed in three semesters, each including ten to 15 credits. Courses vary from one to three credits in weight. The curriculum is designed to improve the reading ability, administrative qualities, and interpersonal communication skills of those enrolled. Course topics include Christian moral values, aspects of theology, and the history of the church and Christian education.


  • High school and/or college transcripts
  • GPA of 2.0
  • Two reference letters

Accreditation & Licensing

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission