Christian Ministries Certificate

The Certificate for Christian Ministries targets staff members who are hired from within churches and who do not have prior bachelor’s degrees, nor Christian college or seminary background. Students will complete five online courses (3 credits each). Upon completion, graduates can apply these fifteen credits toward a bachelor’s degree at Johnson University. 

Johnson University has developed an achievable and affordable program that will aid students seeking certification in Christian Ministry.  The one-year certificate equips students with foundational skills needed to minister effectively in today’s environment. 

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Interpret Scripture accurately by integrating biblical research resources and skills.
  • Facilitate spiritual growth in themselves through implementation of key resources and practices.
  • Lead effectively in ministry by integrating key biblical passages and principles.

For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.

Electives (Choose 2)
Orientation to Old Testament I
Orientation to Old Testament II
Orientation to NT
Biblical Teaching and Preaching
Pastoral Ministry
Conflict and Communication
Pastoral Counseling
Introduction to Counseling Ministry
History of the Restoration Movement

Required Courses
Exegetical Methods for the English Bible
Spiritual Formation for Ministry


The Christian Ministries certificate program is offered at these locations:

Indianapolis location logoIndian Creek Christian Church
6430 S. Franklin Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46259
through a partnership with The creek logo
Knoxville location logoThe Regas Building
318 N. Gay Street, Suite 200
Knoxville, TN 37917
through a partnership with Southeast Christian Church logo
Louisville location logoSoutheast Christian Church
920 Blankenbaker Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40243
through a partnership with Southeast Christian Church logo