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2015 Certificate in Theology and Ministry

January - November 2015
Princeton Theological Seminary
Continuing Education

“Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” (Romans 12:2ff)  


The “Certificate in Theology and Ministry” is a six-part series of online courses taught by PTS professors. Details and the online application will be available early September. Applications will be received from September 9 – November 1, 2014.

The Certificate in Theology and Ministry is designed for those seeking substantive theological education but who do not plan to pursue graduate level theological studies. The program is intended for ministerial and personal enrichment and will cover Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Theology, Practical Theology, and Ethics. Though challenging, the courses are not taught at graduate-level intensity and so do not bear graduate-level academic credit. Students who complete all the requirements will be awarded a “Certificate in Theology and Ministry,” carrying six Continuing Education Units from the department of Continuing Education.

Each course will meet weekly online on Thursday evenings from 7 PM to 9 PM. In most cases, courses will last for five weeks, with a total of 10 hours of live instruction and discussion. All students will have 24 - hour access to the certificate website, which will include archived recordings of the class sessions, digital versions of the assigned readings, a discussion forum moderated by the teaching assistants (a Ph.D. candidate), related multimedia content, and the ability to submit assignments, check on one’s progress, etc. Optional live online precepts with the teaching assistants are also offered.

Apply for this certificate if you can commit to the entire year-long course of study and are:

  • An ordained or lay pastor without a seminary degree
  • Considering a call to full-time ministry or applying to a seminary
  • A Director of Christian Education, Care Giving, Youth Ministry, or Music
  • An ordained or lay elder, deacon, or clerk of session
  • A Sunday School teacher, active church volunteer, or lay leader


 Olson.CertificateJanuary / February
Dennis Olson, Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology
The Old Testament

 Allison.CertificateFebruary / March
Dale Allison, Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament
The New Testament

 Lee.CertificateApril / May
Bo Karen Lee, Associate Professor of Spirituality and Historical Theology
Forgiveness and Reconciliation

 Charry.CertificateMay / June
Ellen Charry, Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Systematic Theology
Introduction to Theology

Dykstra.CertificateSeptember / October
Bob Dykstra
Pastoral Care

Anonymous.CertificateOctober / November

Registration Fee

The registration fee to participate online is $500. The fee covers all six courses and must be received by Princeton Theological Seminary on or before January 15, 2015.

Registration is subject the Seminary’s Registration and Cancellation Policy. Students will also be responsible for purchasing about one book per course. Other readings will be provided at no additional cost.

For more information or with questions, call the Erdman Center at 609-497-7990 or send an e-mail.