Online Certificate in Church Leadership: Praxis

Leading your church family is more than just a calling – it’s a responsibility and privilege to promote a Christ-centered life and create a sustainable rhythm for ministry. Building on the Church Leadership: Foundations certificate, this secondary certificate grants servant-minded leaders the opportunity to put their skills into transformational practice by actualizing best practices in biblical interpretation and Christian leadership for pulpits, classrooms, community engagement, leadership meetings, and pastoral counseling.

Leading your church family is more than just a calling – it’s a responsibility and privilege to promote a Christ-centered life and create a sustainable rhythm for ministry. Building on the Church Leadership: Foundations certificate, this secondary certificate grants servant-minded leaders the opportunity to put their skills into transformational practice by actualizing best practices in biblical interpretation and Christian leadership for pulpits, classrooms, community engagement, leadership meetings, and pastoral counseling.

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Church Leadership

 

Intended to build upon the previous knowledge gained from the Church Leadership: Foundations certificate, the Certificate in Church Leadership: Praxis allows you to gain practical skills needed to lead your congregation well and scripturally enrich the minds and hearts of those around you. This certificate is for individuals pursuing or who are in Christian leadership positions.

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This certificate provides a more in-depth exploration of church leadership by building off the Church Leadership: Foundations certificate, granting individuals the opportunity to put their pastoral and community-centered skills into transformational practice for their classrooms and congregational members.

Required Hours

16 hours
8 – 12 month timeframe

Example Coursework

Pastoral Ministry
Gospel in a Multicultural World
Contemporary Ecclesiology

Upcoming Start Dates

March 7, 2023
May 2, 2023

Common Job Titles

Clergy
Religious Workers
Congregational leadership*
*depending upon denominational requirements

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Tiffany Dahlman

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:

  • Articulate the implications the biblical text has for contemporary life and faith.
  • Reflect on the pastoral skills necessary to care for a church, ministry, or faith community.
  • Create a plan for how the spiritual disciplines will be incorporated within their ministry context.
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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.
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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).