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
January 9, 2024
March 5, 2024
April 30, 2024
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 ACU Online’s Assistant Dean of Vocational Formation, as well as 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.
Five Benefits of Obtaining a Certificate in Church Leadership
Are you a current or aspiring church leader looking to expand your impact within your local congregation? With ACU Online’s undergraduate certificates in Church Leadership: Foundations and Church Leadership: Praxis, leaders of all levels and denominations are trained and encouraged to learn new ways of re-engaging scripture, answering today’s toughest questions, and guiding others toward truth.
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