Pastor Antoine Lee of Central Christian Church in Kansas City was eager to complete seminary, but work, family – and cost – made a Master of Divinity degree program seem unobtainable, until Rev. Debra Sermons, Central's Director of Recruitment, told him about the create program and the thoughtful planning that goes into each individual's schedule.
The create program is fully scholarshiped, schedules are designed for busy people, and classes are offered in Kansas City's urban core. “It was like they met all my needs before knowing my personal situation!” says Antoine. “I express sincere gratitude for everyone who was involved in making it possible for me to continue my education. Thank you!”
FOUNDATIONS Ministry Certificate
FOUNDATIONS is a certificate program open to all who are interested in a broad and rapid introduction to the basics of ministry.
In partnership with denominational organizations and others, the FOUNDATIONS program is designed for
- Persons without a Bachelor’s degree who desire to enhance their knowledge and skills for vocational ministry
- Interested lay person wishing to improve preparation for service in volunteer dimensions of congregational ministries
The certificate program requires the completion of :
- 10 Seminars (attendance required) - On the Shawnee, KS campus, seminars are 8:30am-4:30pm on Saturday.
Some of the topics covered include: Old Testament, New Testament, Pastoral Arts, Missional Church, Ministry Contextualization, Proclamation, Christian Heritage, Church Administration, Ministry Ethics, and American Protestantism.
- any reading and writing assignments
Upon completion of all courses, the student will receive a Certificate of Ministry during Central’s baccalaureate service.
- $500 for all 10 courses + cost of reading materials
- FOUNDATIONS Application (pdf)
- Formulario de Registro en Espanol para el Certificado FUNDACIONES (pdf)
- FOUNDATIONS Judson Communities Application & Registration (Burmese/English)
- FOUNDATIONS Judson Communities Application & Registration (Karen/English)
- ST. LOUIS - This program is offered in partnership with Third Baptist Church. All 10 seminars are taught in one year and meet at Third Baptist Church on Friday nights and Saturdays. Click here to view the upcoming schedule.
- MILWAUKEE - This program is offered in partnership with the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin and First Baptist Church of Waukesha, WI. All seminars are taught in Spanish and meet at First Baptist Church of Waukesha.
- JUDSON COMMUNITIES - This program is offered in the languages of the tribes from Burma and meets with persons from Burma in different locations around the United States. Click here to learn more.
FOUNDATIONS Certificate Flyer for Third Baptist Church, St. Louis Partnership (pdf)
For additional information about the FOUNDATIONS - Ministry Certificate Program contact Stephen Guinn, Registrar, at (913) 667-5700 ext. 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.