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Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry Formation

Are you ready to level up your journey of deepened faith and empowered ministry? Wesley Seminary's Christian Ministry Formation Certificate program is designed especially for the engaged church volunteer seeking to enhance their ability to serve within and beyond the church walls. This program, accessible entirely online, offers a comprehensive suite of courses tailored to equip you with a robust understanding of biblical teachings, theology, church history, and the practical skills necessary for effective ministry. Whether your goal is to earn an online Christian Ministry degree or an online Ministry certificate, this program is crafted to meet the needs of individuals passionate about serving their communities with greater confidence and spiritual insight.

What Will I Learn in this Online Christian Ministry Degree Program?

The essence of ministry extends far beyond the pastoral role, encompassing the invaluable contributions of millions of Christians who lead and volunteer in church ministries. Recognizing the challenges many people face in these roles while feeling under-equipped to tackle the complex demands of ministry, this online ministry certificate aims to bridge this gap. Through this program, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to interpret and teach the Bible, develop a profound appreciation for the significance of theology, and explore the rich tapestry of church history to navigate contemporary challenges with wisdom and insight.

Moreover, this online Christian Ministry degree places a strong emphasis on contextualizing the Gospel, ensuring that you are prepared to adapt your ministry approach to resonate with diverse audiences and settings. This focus is pivotal in today's ever-changing world, where the ability to communicate timeless truths in a manner that speaks to the heart of various communities is more crucial than ever.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

14 Credit Hours


$551/ Credit Hour

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans’ benefits, and employer reimbursement.

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Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing
What You'll Study

Coursework for your online Christian Ministry degree covers:

  • Effective methods for understanding and teaching the Bible
  • Key theological principles and how they apply to modern ministry
  • The significance of church history in addressing contemporary issues
  • Strategies for contextualizing the Gospel in diverse ministry settings
  • Personal spiritual formation techniques to foster growth in themselves and others

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Program Requirements
  • A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a member agency of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) or by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 from the degree granting institution.
  • An official transcript from the degree granting institution.
  • Two recommendations including: One from a pastor or denominational supervisor. A general recommendation.
  • A completed Ministry Context Form.
  • A three to four page autobiography and statement of ministry purpose. The statement of purpose should reflect one's sense of God's direction in relation to Christian ministry or service.
  • A criminal history background check must be completed before acceptance into any Wesley Seminary degree program if a felony was disclosed by the student on the application form.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Payment of all tuition and fees in order to receive a diploma
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at