Advanced Certificate in Pastoral Leadership

Whether one is studying biblical theology, systematic theology, historical theology, or applied theology–the word of God is our only rule of faith and practice.
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Overview of the Advanced Certificate of Pastoral Leadership at BTS

The Advanced Certificate of Pastoral Leadership at Birmingham Theological Seminary is a thoughtfully crafted introductory degree program designed specifically for lay church members or non-traditional students. This program is perfect for individuals seeking an advanced understanding of biblical texts and theology but aren't sure if they want to tackle an entire graduate degree program. This program is a great fit for those aiming to deepen their scriptural knowledge and apply it in various ministry settings. The Advanced Certificate in Pastoral Leadership can be used as a stepping stone to other graduate degree programs, if the student meets the degree requirements.

Program Overview and Curriculum
  • Comprehensive Biblical Studies: In-depth exploration of the Old and New Testament, emphasizing key books, themes, and theological insights.
  • Systematic and Historical Theology: Courses focusing on systematic theology, particularly hermeneutics and the Westminster Confession of Faith, alongside historical theology with options for church history studies.
  • Practical Theology: Introduction to practical theological concepts, including spiritual disciplines, Christian education, and leadership development.
  • Foundational Training in Biblical Counseling: Equipping students with essential skills in biblical counseling and conflict resolution.
Learning Experience and Objectives

Students will engage in:

  • In-depth Biblical Text Studies: Enhancing understanding of scriptural narratives and theological themes.
  • Systematic and Historical Theological Training: Providing a solid framework for biblical interpretation and application.
  • Practical Training: Focusing on spiritual disciplines, educational philosophy, and leadership skills.
  • Specialized Courses: In biblical counseling and public theology, emphasizing practical ministry application.
  • Elective Selection: Allowing customization of studies to align with individual interests or ministry requirements.
Program Outcome

Graduates will be:

  • Well-equipped for various roles in ministry, academia, or further theological study.
  • Proficient in understanding biblical texts, theological concepts, and practical ministry applications.
  • Prepared to serve effectively in diverse contexts.
Admission Requirements

The program is open to:

  • Individuals with a foundational understanding of Christian theology.
  • Those seeking to deepen their knowledge in biblical studies for enhanced ministry or academic pursuits.

Join the Master of Biblical Studies program at BTS for a transformative journey in biblical studies, designed to nurture and develop your passion for God’s word for effective service in His kingdom.

Interested in Taking a Course?

As part of a diverse community of learners, you will be taught courses by pastor/professors that are academically excellent, biblically faithful, and ministry-oriented, equipping you for a life of ministry and humble leadership in Christ.