In light of the need for leadership in mission in local churches, mission agencies, and parachurch organizations, the Mission and Evangelism Department offers the Certificate of Leadership in Mission.
PURPOSE OF THE CERTIFICATE OF LEADERSHIP IN MISSION
The Certificate of Leadership in Mission is designed for persons who desire to obtain advanced certification in mission studies and leadership at the master’s level but do not wish to enroll in a degree program, or for persons who may not possess a bachelor’s degree but have had life experience with mission practice in the local church and/ or Christian ministry and are able to demonstrate the ability to do graduate-level studies. The Certificate of Leadership in Mission is also appropriate for those who wish to explore mission studies and leadership in addition to their other TIU degree program. Admission to the Certificate of Leadership in Mission does not ensure admission to a Trinity degree program.
Applicants to the Certificate of Leadership in Mission generally possess the following:
- Life experience in mission in the local church, parachurch ministry, other Christian organization.
- Demonstrated academic ability through evaluation of bachelor’s and/or master’s transcripts. For those without the bachelor’s degree, an interview by ME Department faculty (personal interview encompassing demonstrable skills, character, knowledge, and critical thinking).
- All 12 hours must be completed through TEDS with a cumulative GPA for course work of at least 2.0, with no course work graded below C- is applicable to the Certificate.
- All coursework applicable to the Certificate must be completed within a five-year period.
- When the Certificate is taken simultaneously with a TIU degree, all 12 hours must be in addition to program degree coursework.
- Students who wish to use the Certificate as an entry point into a master’s degree should apply for admission to that degree and may apply all credits earned toward the master’s degree. The Certificate of Leadership in Mission matches well with the MA in Intercultural Studies. Admission to the Certificate does not ensure admissions to a Trinity degree program.
- Evidence of Christian life and character and recommendation by the faculty.
- Completion of Certificate requirements required by the Catalog curricula in effect at the time of initial enrollment.
- Settlement of all financial obligations to Trinity and any other ACTS seminaries with Student Financial Services.
Courses may be completed in-person on the Bannockburn campus, and through synchronous and asynchronous TEDS courses. Not all courses are available in all modes or every semester.
The following requirements must be completed:
|ME 6760||Theology of Mission & Evangelism||3|
|Select additional semester hours of courses prefixed ME available at the master's level (5000-8999). Courses from other departments may be applied when such substitutions are approved in advance by the ME Department.||9|
|Suggested curricular courses include but are not limited to:|
|ME 5000||Foundations of Christian Mission||2|
|ME 5001||Foundations of Evangelism||2|
|ME 6410||History of the Expansion of Christianity||3|
|ME 6610||Anthropology for Ministry||3|
|ME 7300||World Religions||3|
|ME 7510||Missional Church||3-4|
|ME 8250||Leadership Development and Culture||2|
|ME 8500||Missional Disciple-making||3|
|Other ME departmental courses offered regularly may apply.|