Northeastern Seminary

The Certificate in Christian Ministry program is a two-year program. Courses are offered for three 12-week terms each year: fall, winter, and spring. All students must complete six terms (36 units) of courses to earn a certificate. Students who complete the program may be eligible for converting their units into undergraduate college credits. Contact the director for more information. The educational program offered by the CTS is based on two underlying convictions:

  • Certificate study in theology and ministry should be rooted in the biblical Christian faith
  • Christian ministry must be relevant to contemporary culture



Class Schedule - Saturdays:

8:30 a.m. Worship
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. First Course
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 - 12:30 p.m. Second Course

Registration Dates:

  • December for winter term
  • March for spring term
  • August for fall term

Tuition and Fees:

Determined annually, call the office for current tuition and fees

  • $35 registration fee & deposit
  • $330 per term (6 units)
  • Plus the cost of books


Certificate in Christian Ministry Curriculum

CTSB 101           Survey of the Old Testament (3 units)

This course provides a general overview of the entire Old Testament, and examines the cultural and historical background in which it was written.  Students see how the documents shaped the life of a people, how these Scriptures of the Hebrew people influenced the writers of the New Testament, and why they are important in contemporary society.

CTSB 102           Survey of the New Testament (3 units)

Students are introduced to the entire corpus of the New Testament and the historical and cultural context in which the several types of documents were written.  The life and teachings of Jesus and the influence of the Apostle Paul are stressed.

CTSH 101           Survey of Church History (3 units)

This course provides a general overview of the history of the Christian Church from apostolic times to the modern era.  Students become familiar with the theological differences within Christendom, as well as the common elements. 

CTSH 102           American Church History (3 units)   

This course provides a general overview of the history of the North American church from the colonial era to the present. Students become familiar with the theological and ecclesiastical differences within North American Christianity, as well as the common elements.

CTSM 151           Children's Ministry (1.5 units)

CTSM 152           Youth Ministry (1.5 units)

CTSM 153           Adult Ministry (1.5 units)

Students learn how to work effectively with a particular age group to accomplish the congregation's goals of training and discipleship.

CTSP 101           Pastoral and Spiritual Formation (3 units)

Personal spiritual growth is the goal of the course.  Emphasis is upon the development of the pastor as the spiritual leader of the congregation and the community.  Classic writings on spirituality, devotion, and spiritual disciplines are studied and discussed.

CTSP 102           Using Technology (1.5 units)

Students explore how technology may enhance or limit the ministry of the church.  The "how to" use of technology for personal, staff, and large group, multimedia presentations will be addressed.

CTSP 201           Leadership Skills (3 units)

This course prepares students for leadership roles in the church by helping them develop the skills needed to organize their congregations for effective ministry.

CTSP 202           Pastoral Care (3 units)

Students develop the art of discerning and attending holistically to the needs of a congregation and the community as servant leaders.

CTSP 203           Pastoral Ethics (1.5 units) 

Emphasis in this course is on helping church leaders integrate the best ethical practices into their ministry and decision-making.

CTSP 204           Homiletics (1.5 units)

Students learn how to prepare and deliver sermons.  Opportunities will be provided for students to practice in front of their peers.

CTSP 205           Church and Community (1.5 units)

Students focus on the social obligations of the Christian gospel and upon how to minister most effectively within a variety of cultural contexts.

CTSP 206           Church Polity (1.5 units)

Students work with a mentor to help them understand the discipline and polity of their particular denomination.  Students from congregations independent of denominational affiliation will investigate how their group is governed.

CTST 101           Introduction to Christian Theology (3 units)

 Students are introduced to the several areas of theology, the history of the development of the discipline, and the theological differences among Christian groups.  While classic Christian thinking is the thread that runs through the course, students are encouraged to explore and to interact with the best elements of all Christian traditions.

For additional information contact the Seminary at 585.594.6800.


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