Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life, and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.
Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire undergraduate degree.
About the Program
With an undergraduate Certificate in Church Leadership: Foundations, you’ll receive instruction from our online Bible scholars, practitioners, and theologians with the foundational expertise and knowledge to prepare you for effective leadership in and out of your congregation. This certificate is for individuals pursuing or who are in Christian leadership but who do not have formal training in the field and recognize they need it.
All the Details on Your Degree
This certificate provides an introduction to church leadership by educating Christian leaders on the fundamentals of faithfully serving their congregations by learning biblical interpretation tools and practices to enhance your congregation’s identity.
8 – 12 month timeframe
Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
Church Leadership Foundations Capstone
Upcoming Start Dates
June 27, 2023
August 22, 2023
Common Job Titles
*depending upon denominational requirements
Church Matching Scholarship
Interested students are encouraged to partner with their home congregation to sponsor one-third of the tuition price, and ACU will match this scholarship, making the final cost to the student $2,100. For more information, speak with an admissions advisor.
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Tiffany Dahlman
Tiffany Dahlman is an assistant professor and the program director for the Bachelor of Science in Christian Service and Formation, Certificate in Church Leadership: Foundations, and Certificate in Church Leadership: Praxis. She received her bachelor’s degrees in English and Religious Studies from York University and earned a Master of Divinity with specializations in Old Testament and Spiritual Formation from Asbury Theological Seminary. She graduated from ACU with a Doctor of Ministry in the Preaching for Community Transformation track. Tiffany has experience in foreign missions and has served as a congregational minister since 2015. She believes in loving God with the mind, heart, soul, and body, and as program director, she seeks to help students prepare for the spiritual vocation into which they are called.
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Upon completion, graduates will be able to:
- Interpret scripture with a basic understanding of context, key literary functions, and theological pillars.
- Understand the significance of cultural and contextual awareness and sensitivity for ministry.
- Reflect on the pastoral skills necessary to care for a church, ministry, or faith community.
- Create a plan for incorporating the spiritual disciplines within their ministry context.
To be considered for admission, students must:
- Submit official high school and/or college transcripts.
- Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
- Students are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores.
Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.
Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).