Church Partnerships

In response to the changing landscape of theological education and the need for more trained leaders, TEDS is partnering with churches and organizations to prepare the body of Christ for ministry in today’s world.

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Why Partner With TEDS?

The church needs leaders who are biblically and theologically equipped to serve the needs of the 21st-century church. In response to the changing landscape of theological education and the need for more trained leaders, through our fully accredited Certificate Programs, churches and organizations around the world can partner with TEDS to prepare the Body of Christ for deeper engagement and participation in the mission of God. We work with ministries to combine our online classes with the formation, community life, and hands-on experiences that come through your church or organization.

Tuition Discount

$170 per credit hour

*1st to 12th credit hours

Get graduate level courses which are normally $750/credit from a fully accredited premiere seminary like TEDS. All certificates are stackable into one of our MA programs if a student desires to continue their education at TEDS beyond the certificate.
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Greetings Pastors & Ministry Leaders!

As a pastor and leader, I’ve asked many of the same questions you are asking in regards to ministry, disciple-making, and leadership. And we’re listening!  At TEDS, we value biblical truth, personal spiritual transformation, and equipping men and women for real-life ministry. Our programs are rooted in scripture and taught by world-class faculty whose deepest desire is that each student gain a solid foundation in theology, biblical studies, and ministry skills.

Partnering with you and your church, we can faithfully ensure  emerging leaders have the deep understanding, adaptability, and critical thinking skills needed to navigate today’s complex church and cultural landscape. Take a look at some of the new ways we are engaging with pastors to make disciples fully equipped for the mission of the church.  I look forward to hearing from you and getting to know you in the coming weeks, months and years. Together, we will seek God’s direction for His church, and build stronger bridges between the local church and theological training here at TEDS.

Who should consider this?

Consider the following types of leaders you want to invest in and encourage to take one of our Certificate Programs

Ministry Staff

Ministry Directors who don't have formal theological education, but are passionate about serving the Lord faithfully and investing in richer scriptural knowledge.

Group Leaders

Discipleship or Small Group leaders who want to dig deeper and invest in richer scriptural knowledge.

Retired Ministry Member

Retired or retiring member who is looking for something to delve into their next phase of life.

Pastors

Pastors who already have a Master’s degree but want to enhance or specialize in a specific area or skill.

Called to Ministry

Young men and women who feel the Lord leading them to prayerfully prepare for a lifetime of ministry.

Medical or Legal Professional

Medical or legal professional who wants to infuse their faith into their current vocation in a deeper way.

Partnership Plans

Your leaders congregation will be equipped to address the prominent issues leaders face today. can be equipped for lifelong ministry through 3 easy-to-adopt levels of Partnerships:

Enrichment Partners

Church or ministry that invites staff and/or key leaders to enrich their ministry by investing in formal theological training.

Collaborative Partners

Church or ministry that invites staff and/or key leaders to enrich their ministry by investing in formal theological training. Church or ministry also hosts local meetings of students who are taking courses to discuss what they are learning and how it applies to the local church or ministry context.

Training Partners

Church or ministry that have a new or existing leadership development program and would like to offer a few in-person courses locally while students complete the remaining courses for their program online.

Certificate Programs

Choose among the following certificate programs that will most benefit your church leaders and congregation.
Certificate

Biblical and Theological Studies

12 CREDITS | 1 YEAR

ABOUT

Gain a solid foundation of theology and biblical interpretation with the option to choose your area of focus ranging from church history, systematic theology, New Testament, Old Testament, and more. This certificate is a building block for our MA in Theological Studies program.

COURSEWORK

Required

  • Biblical Studies
  • Theological Studies
  • Electives
Certificate

Children and Family Ministry

12 CREDITS | 1 YEAR

ABOUT

Gain a deeper understanding of spiritual formation, stewarding a ministry team, curriculum building, church leadership and administration, roles of family in spiritual development and intergenerational, family, and children’s ministry care. This certificate will equip you to serve children and families in the local church and ministry contexts.

COURSEWORK

Featured Courses

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Educational Ministry
  • Christian Leadership
  • Christian Formation & Journey
  • Children in the Church
  • Nurturing Families in the Church
Certificate

Christian Counseling

14 CREDITS | 1 YEAR

ABOUT

The Certificate in Christian Counseling program focuses on the development of ethical decision-making skills that align with the Christian faith, on top of establishing a strong foundation in counseling principles, skills, and techniques. Whether you are on the mission field, work at a para-church, or are a pastoral staff member, all counselors are likely to face ethical dilemmas in their professions.

COURSEWORK

Featured Courses

  • Counseling Skills Training
  • Group Counseling
  • Introduction to Biblical Theology
  • Counseling Strategies: Theory, Treatment, and Technique
  • Career Counseling
Certificate

Christian Foundations

12 CREDITS | 1 YEAR

ABOUT

The Christian Foundations Certificate program enables you to explore the rich traditions, theology, and history of the Christian faith from its early beginnings, through the Reformation, and to the present day. Through examining church history and foundational theology, you can gain a biblical understanding of God’s work in the world and how culture has shaped different church traditions.

COURSEWORK

Featured Courses

  • Introduction to Biblical Theology
  • Theology 1: The God of the Gospel: From the Father
  • Theology 2: The Gospel of God: Through the Son
  • Theology 3: The People of God: Through the Holy Spirit
Certificate

Educational Ministries

12 CREDITS | 1 YEAR

ABOUT

Gain a deeper understanding of spiritual formation, curriculum building, and ministry practices to support each generation. This certificate will equip you to develop Biblically rooted programming and curriculum for all generations and intergenerational groups in the local church or other ministry contexts.

COURSEWORK

Featured Courses

  • Educational Ministry
  • Christian Leadership
  • Christian Formation & Journey
  • Youth and Emerging Adults in the Church
  • Children in the Church
  • Nurturing Families in the Church
  • Program Planning Dynamics in the Church
Certificate

Hippocratic Healthcare Ethics

21 CREDITS | 1 YEAR

ABOUT

Through this certificate you’ll evaluate current ethical issues in healthcare, examine the different approaches to bioethics throughout history, and be prepared to engage bioethics challenges within healthcare and contemporary medicine—all from a distinctly Christian perspective.

COURSEWORK

Featured Courses

  • Bioethics and Cultural Engagement
  • Christian Hippocratism
  • Introduction to Bioethics: Foundations and Methods
  • Life and Death Bioethics
  • Biotechnology and Emerging Technology Ethics
  • Research Ethics
Certificate

Leadership in Missions

12 CREDITS | 1 YEAR

ABOUT

By studying the theology and history of evangelism and missions around the world you will gain a strong foundation of anthropology, discipleship practices and practical evangelism methods which will enrich your ministry abilities both in the United States and around the world.

COURSEWORK

Featured Courses

  • Theology of Mission & Evangelism
  • Global Mission and the Local Church
  • Evangelism and the Local Church
  • History of the Expansion of Christianity
  • Anthropology for Ministry
  • World Religions
  • Missional Church
Certificate

Ministry Care

12 CREDITS | 1 YEAR

ABOUT

Learn how to faithfully counsel, teach, support, and guide your brothers and sisters in Christ as they seek to be transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through this certificate you’ll explore ministry practices, counseling techniques, socio-cultural impacts on ministry, church leadership development, and building biblical curriculum.

COURSEWORK

Featured Courses

  • Intro to Counseling Ministries
  • Educational Ministry
  • Understanding the Social and Cultural Contexts of Ministry
  • Spiritual Formation for Ministry
  • Christian Worship
Certificate

New Testament Greek

12 CREDITS | 1 YEAR

ABOUT

Learn to read, translate, and comprehend the New Testament scripture by reading it in its original language. Understanding the Bible in its original language will deepen your preaching, teaching, and interpretation of the New Testament and the Septuagint.

COURSEWORK

Featured Courses

  • Beginning Greek 1
  • Beginning Greek 2
  • Greek Exegesis 1
  • Greek Exegesis 2
Certificate

Old Testament Hebrew

12 CREDITS | 1 YEAR

ABOUT

Learn to read, translate, and understand the Old Testament scripture by reading it in its original language. Understanding the Bible in its original language will deepen your exegetical study and applications of the Old Testament, making you a better preacher, teacher, and interpreter.

COURSEWORK

Featured Courses

  • Elementary Hebrew I
  • Elementary Hebrew II
  • Elementary Hebrew III
  • Hebrew Exegesis I
  • Hebrew Exegesis II
Certificate

Organizational Leadership

12 CREDITS | 1 YEAR

ABOUT

Gain a deeper understanding of leadership practices and enhance your leadership skills in church, ministry or marketplace settings. By specializing in church leadership or executive leadership, you’ll be better equipped to lead teams in your area of focus.

COURSEWORK

Available Tracks

  • Local Church Tracks (Masters Level)
  • Executive Leadership Track (Doctoral Level)
Certificate

Pro-Life Advocacy and Engagement

12 CREDITS | 1 YEAR

ABOUT

Understand the emerging bioethics and legal issues related to pro-life advocacy, discern the different approaches to bioethics throughout history, and be equipped to address challenges within emerging pro-life issues from a distinctly Christian perspective. This certificate will further equip professionals working at pro-life advocacy and non-profit organizations and those working in pregnancy centers.

COURSEWORK

Featured Courses

  • Introduction to Bioethics: Foundations and Methods
  • Bioethics and Cultural Engagement
  • Life and Death Bioethics
  • The Right to Life and the Law
  • The Public Policy Context
  • Christian Hippocratism
  • Bioethics and Emerging Technology Ethics
Certificate

Scripture

12 CREDITS | 1 YEAR

ABOUT

Gain a deeper understanding of the Bible by studying the Old Testament and the New Testament history, writings, and authors. Develop a Christ-centered approach to reading, interpreting, and applying scripture faithfully through courses on theology and biblical interpretation.

COURSEWORK

Featured Courses

  • Introduction to Biblical Theology
  • Intro to the Old Testament 1
  • Intro to the Old Testament 2
  • Intro to the New Testament 1
  • Intro to the New Testament 2
Certificate

Teaching and Learning

12 CREDITS | 1 YEAR

ABOUT

Expand your understanding of teaching methods, spiritual formation, curriculum building, education administration, and ministry teaching practices for each age group. With this certificate you’ll gain a strong foundation of educational ministry practices and have the option to specialize in a higher education administration track.

COURSEWORK

Available Tracks

  • Master’s Level
  • Doctoral Level

Steps to becoming a partner

  1. Identify staff/leaders who might be better equipped to serve in their ministries through formal theological education.
  2. Explore TEDS Certificate options and discuss course modality preferences of staff/leaders (residential/in person AND/OR asynchronous/fully online).
  3. Fill out partnership form to meet with our Director of Church Relations to discuss which partnership model and certificate(s) might be best for your church or ministry.