Certificate in Scripture, Theology, and Leadership

Earn a graduate-level certificate when you build your own course of study or follow one of Northeastern Seminary's prepared competency tracks.

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seamlessly use credits from the certificate program towards a Master's degree

What will I learn?

At Northeastern Seminary, you will grow as an effective, Biblically-minded leader in service and ministry through innovative online and classroom experiences in the certificate program. Develop a deeper understanding of the significant connection between Scripture, Theology, and effective Ministry in courses that are Biblically-based, expertly taught, and holistically supported.

  • Recognize the primacy of Scripture for Christian faith and life.
  • Use scriptural and theological reflection faithfully in contexts of ministry.
  • Design and implement strategic initiatives in your own ministry contexts.

Pick Your Courses

Choose one of the three options to fulfill your course requirements for the certificate program:

  1. Design a course of study for your ministry context by selecting any 6 courses from Northeastern Seminary's Master's-level curriculum.
  2. Complete the pre-assigned classes per your denomination or organizational requirement, part of Northeastern Seminary's Partner Program.
  3. Choose one of the competencies below to complete a prepared course of study that will equip you with the skills needed for success in that area.

Select a Competency

Biblical Interpretation

Choose 6 courses from this collection of classes focused on becoming a faithful interpreter and communicator of God's Word in the context of God's world. By the conclusion of this course of study, you will develop an aptitude for preaching and teaching Scripture to new generations in the faith with a foundational understanding of the Bible within its cultural and historical contexts.

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Community Advocacy

Choose 6 courses from this collection of classes focused on understanding God's call to social justice and reconciliation. At the conclusion of this course of study, you will be prepared to develop appropriate, biblically-informed strategies to respond to the effects of poverty, violence, war, sexism, and discrimination on families, society, and the world.

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Gracious Christianity

Choose 6 courses from this collection of classes focused on your growth as a gracious participant in the worldwide, multi-ethnic, multi-generational Christian communion as a reflection of God's good news to the world. At the conclusion of this course of study, you will be attentive to God's active presence in your own life, the lives of others, and the world by listening to the voices throughout time and around the world engage in the Great Conversation of what it means to live and lead as a follower of Christ.

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Pastoral Leadership

Choose 6 courses from this collection of classes focused on becoming a pastoral leader who empowers God's people toward active participation in God's mission of restoring wholeness to the world. By the conclusion of this course of study, you will develop an aptitude for shaping healthy worshiping communities by designing and persuasively implementing strategic initiatives for congregational renewal.

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Spiritual Direction

Choose 6 courses from this collection of classes focused on becoming a wise guide who attends to God's activity in your own life, the lives of others, and the world. At the conclusion of this course of study, you will demonstrate the ability to assess the formational impact of personal and communal events, traditions, and dispositions in nurturing or hindering spiritual formation.

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Transformational Leadership

Choose 6 courses from this collection of classes focused on becoming a leader who champions transformation in organizations and communities. At the conclusion of this course of study, you will interpret the rapidly changing culture and design and implement strategic initiatives to meet today's challenges.

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Who will I meet?

Dr. Rebecca Letterman

Rebecca S. Letterman, Ph.D.
Professor of Spiritual Formation

Dr. Letterman grew up as the daughter of a Pentecostal minister and sensed a call to full-time ministry as a child. She began her formal Christian spiritual formation studies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with Dr. Adrian van Kaam, founder of the field of Formative Spirituality, and his colleague Dr. Susan Muto. Dr. Letterman’s vocation focuses on bridging formative faith traditions – whether across time or across cultures – in order to foster respect for diversity, while at the same time nurturing unity among Judeo-Christian faith communities that are seeking to live in vital relationship with God, one another, and the wider world.

What does the certificate cost?

2018-19 Cost per Credit Hour: $534

Total Certificate Program Cost: $10,112

  • 18 credits
  • $500/Yr Student Fee (includes processing and graduation fees, network access, and administrative support)
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