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Certificate in Ministry

With the founding of the College of Marshall in 1912, East Texas Baptist University remains rooted in its Baptist heritage and the call to Christian education for the people of Texas and beyond. Trailing in the footsteps of its forerunner from 1944 – 1984, East Texas Baptist College trained and equipped scores of students for service to the Church. Since then, ETBU continues to seek new ways to carry on this integral part of our Christ-centered mission. One of the pathways is through the Certificate of Ministry program.

With our heritage of ministry training and professional education, ETBU’s School of Christian Studies Certificate of Ministry program trains bi-vocational ministers, church ministers and staff, and lay-leaders by educating and equipping them to serve the Church through the Gospel ministry of Jesus Christ. Facilitating the development of academically-grounded and spiritually-minded disciples for Christ, the School of Christian Studies gives ministry leaders options in their quest to serve others. The School of Christian Studies offers the perfect opportunity to pursue alternate ministry-training programs.

ETBU’s Certificate of Ministry, an eighteen (18)-semester hour program, is designed for anyone who is seeking entry-level preparation for ministry service. The program is available in two locations: Marshall and Tyler.

Our vision is for students to gain a deeper knowledge of the Christian faith and an increased effectiveness in ministering to others. Whether you desire to study the Bible more, feel called to serve the local church in any capacity, or want to pursue your faith more deeply, we want to serve you with a comprehensive ministry training program that is tailored to your calling and desires.

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Certificate in Ministry program is to provide a foundational, theological education that is geographically and financially accessible to every person in East Texas with the purpose of transforming communities through the strengthening of local churches.

Eligiblility

Anyone is eligible for this program of study. There are no previous educational requirements.

Can course credits apply toward a college degree at ETBU?

People who desire to continue their study beyond the Certificate in Ministry program at ETBU must apply for regular admission and meet all admission requirements. All courses taken in this program are for academic credit (one academic hour credit for each course) and may be applied to a baccalaureate degree.

Who will benefit from this program?

Those enrolled in the Certificate of Ministry program generally fall into two categories:

  1. Those who have experienced a call to ministry, are employed full-time at a secular job, and desire to provide ministerial leadership to a church organization
  2. Those who are involved in various roles of lay leadership and ministry in a local church and who desire to further their knowledge in specific areas of the Bible and ministry

ETBU’s Certificate in Ministry program students may include:

  • Lay-ministers
  • Missionaries
  • Ministry staff
  • Church leaders
  • Deacons
  • Bible study teachers
  • Church volunteers of all varieties
  • Children’s and student ministers
Course Requirements
  • Ministry 1111: Old Testament 1: The Pentateuch
  • Ministry 1112: Old Testament 2: The Conquest to the Exile
  • Ministry 1113: Old Testament 3: The Exile to the Intertestamental Period
  • Ministry 1114: New Testament 1: The Interbiblical Period and the Gospels
  • Ministry 1115: New Testament 2: Acts and the Pauline Epistles
  • Ministry 1116: New Testament 3: The General Epistles and Revelation
  • Ministry 1117: Introduction to Church Ministry
  • Ministry 1118: Personal Evangelism
  • Ministry 1119: The Work of the Minister
  • Ministry 1121: The Interpretation of the Bible for Preaching and Teaching
  • Ministry 1122: The Preparation of Sermons and Bible Studies
  • Ministry 1123: Baptist History
  • Ministry 1124: Baptist Distinctives
  • Ministry 1126: Introduction to Missions
  • Ministry 1127: Leadership Among Ministry Volunteers
  • Ministry 1129: Dual Vocational Ministry
  • Ministry 1131: Introduction to Christian History
  • Ministry 1132: Introduction to Christian Doctrine

Application and Registration for CIM

Printable Forms for Application and Course Registration

CIM Program Application
CIM Course Registration Form

Instructor Forms for CIM

CIM Course Rotation
   
Fall Semester 2021 (Marshall) Spring Semester 2022 (Marshall)
MINS 1111, The Pentateuch MINS 1117, Introduction to Church Ministry
MINS 1112, The Conquest to the Exile MINS 1119, The Work of the Minister
MINS 1113, The Exile to the Intertestamental Period MINS1122, The Preparation of Sermons and Bible Studies
   
Fall Semester 2021 (Tyler) Spring Semester 2022 (Tyler)
MINS 1131, Introduction to Christian History MINS 1124, Baptist Distinctives
MINS 1132, Introductions to Christian Doctrine MINS 1127, Leadership Among Ministry Volunteers
MINS 1123, Baptist History MINS 1129, Dual Vocational Ministry
   
Fall Semester 2022 (Marshall) Spring Semester 2023 (Marshall)
MINS 1131, Introduction to Christian History MINS 1124, Baptist Distinctives
MINS 1132, Introduction to Christian Doctrine MINS 1127, Leadership Among Ministry Volunteers
MINS 1123. Baptist History MINS 1129, Dual Vocational Ministry
   
Fall Semester 2022 (Tyler) Spring Semester 2023 (Tyler)
MINS 1114, The Interbiblical Period and the Gospels MINS 1118, Personal Evangelism
MINS 1115, Acts and the Pauline Epistles MINS 1121, Interpretation-Bible for Preaching & Teaching
MINS 1116, The General Epistles and Revelation MINS 1126, Introduction to Missions
   
Fall Semester 2023 (Marshall) Spring Semester 2024 (Marshall)
MINS 1114, The Interbiblical Period and the Gospels MINS 1118, Personal Evangelism
MINS 1115, Acts and the Pauline Epistles MINS 1121, Interpretation-Bible for Preaching & Teaching
MINS 1116, The General Epistles and Revelation MINS 1126, Introduction to Missions
   
Fall Semester 2023 (Tyler) Spring Semester 2024 (Tyler)
MINS 1111, The Pentateuch MINS 1117, Introduction to Church Ministry
MINS 1112, The Conquest to the Exile MINS 1119, The Work of the Minister
MINS 1113, The Exile to the Intertestamental Period MINS1122, The Preparation of Sermons and Bible Studies

 

Site Coordinator Contact Information

For more information about the Certificate in Ministry program, please contact the site coordinator.

David Griffin, Th.M.
Marshall Site Coordinator
903.923.2340 | dgriffin@etbu.edu

Dr. Danny Pickens  
Tyler Site Coordinator           
903.581.6139 | dpickens@etbu.edu

CIM Contacts

Department

Name

Phone

email

Administration & Finance

Kathy Bland

903.923.2122

kbland@etbu.edu

Bookstore - textbooks

Manager

903.923.2298

0653mgr@follett.edu

Business Office

Nolan Bradley

903.923.2053

nbradley@etbu.edu

Disability Accommodations

Leska Papas

903.923.2076

lpapas@etbu.edu

Financial Aid

Alicia Earle

903.923.2137

financialaid@etbu.edu

Library

Elizabeth Ponder

903.923.2263

eponder@etbu.edu

Registrar

Troy G. White

903.923.2064

tgwhite@etbu.edu

School of Christian Studies

Dean

903.923.2181

christianstudies@etbu.edu

Administrative Secretary

Cari Johnson

903.923.2180

cjohnson@etbu.edu