Certificate Programs

Choose from six graduate-level certificates in specialized areas of ministry. Ranging from eight to 12 semester hours, certificate programs are flexible, affordable, and designed for both vocational and lay ministers. You can take courses to meet your goals and enhance your skills, while also engaging with the Seminary community and taking advantage of formational resources and opportunities.

You’ll learn alongside students from all Seminary certificate and master’s degree programs, building supportive and challenging relationships with others in your field. Our dedicated faculty teach both in-person and distance courses, getting to know you personally and walking with you as you discern your call to ministry.

Courses for certificates can be counted toward master’s degrees at North Park Theological Seminary, and certificates can serve as a concentration within a degree program or stand alone for non-degree-seeking students. Courses are offered online, throughout the semester, and as intensives in the January term and summer, with select intensives over fall and spring break. Consult the requirements of each particular certificate and the course schedule for details.

Certificate Options

Certificate in Christian Studies

Christian Studies

Complete a basic orientation in Christian thought, spirituality, and practice at the graduate level with a certificate in Christian studies. Choose courses that match your passions and goals, and continue your studies if you choose to do so. Learn more.

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Church Planting

Created in partnership with the Evangelical Covenant Church, this program provides both theological education and a supervised learning experience to prepare current and future pastors as church planters. Learn more.

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Congregational Vitality

This certificate program equips current and future pastors to effectively shepherd their congregations through the process of listening to God to grow together deeper in Christ and further in mission. It was created in partnership with the ECC. Learn more.

Certificate in Faith and Health

Faith and Health

This interdisciplinary certificate is tailored for health professionals and offered in collaboration with North Park University’s School of Nursing. The program is designed to provide core concepts to support clergy and health professionals in ministries of health, offering skills that can be applied in both clinical and congregational settings. Learn more.

Certificate in Foundational Courses

Foundational Courses

Designed for students who are starting seminary studies while in process of credentialing with the Evangelical Covenant Church, this certificate provides a solid foundation for theological study, and offers a direct and effective pathway to beginning a master’s program. Learn more.

Intercultural Studies

Intercultural Ministry

Gain the skills and biblical framework necessary to effectively serve in multicultural and global ministry with a certificate in intercultural ministry. If you serve—or are considering serving—in cultures outside your own, the certificate in intercultural ministry is designed for you. Learn more.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction

Help discern the movement and work of God in the lives of others with a certificate in spiritual direction. You’ll train to serve as a certified spiritual director in the Christian tradition, equipped with the skills to offer a ministry of guidance and prayer. Learn more.

Urban Ministry

Urban Ministry

Meet the unique challenges of serving in the city with a certificate in urban ministry. As American and global society moves toward a more urban and multicultural dynamic, you can develop a theological foundation and practical ministry skills necessary to lead and minister effectively in an urban environment. Learn more.

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Youth Ministry

Deepen your understanding of youth and youth culture with a graduate-level certificate. Vocational ministers and lay leaders will learn how the church can play a vital role in shaping young lives, integrating theory and practice in this four-course program.  Learn more.