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Certificate in Evangelism and Church Planting

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Interested in developing congregational strategies for missions, church planting and revitalization, discipleship formation, dealing with change, and leadership development? Through the Certificate in Evangelism and Church Planting, you will be equipped to articulate an understanding of evangelism that is authentic to your own experience of God's goodness, faithful to the Christian tradition, and contextually relevant to enhance your ministry.

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Online and Intensive Courses Available $425 per Credit Hour with Student & Technology Fees Included Earn Up to 15 Credit Hours that can be Transferred into a Degree Program

 

A Certificate in Evangelism and Church Planting will help you:

  • Recognize several possible definitions of evangelism
  • Understand and identify biblical foundations of evangelism
  • Understand and identify how theological traditions inform evangelism
  • Identify and reflect upon faithful and effective practices of evangelism for individuals and congregations
  • Develop an understanding of how personal formation in the Christian faith is essential for evangelism

Course Requirements

  Course Title Credit Hours Per Course
  Teaching for Biblical Faith 3
  Theology of Evangelism 3
 

Global Christianity in an Interfaith World

3
 

Two of the following:

  • Empowering the Congregation for Evangelism
  • Planning and Planting Congregations
  • Pastor and the People
  • Church and Community
3

 

Please click here to view upcoming course schedules by semester.


 

Course Descriptions

Teaching for Biblical Faith (CE 502)
In this course, participants will engage critical, creative, liberative approaches to reading and teaching the Bible in communities of faith. We will explore reading strategies from the margins, particularly as articulated by racial/ethnic biblical scholarship. Synthesizing this exploration of critical methods of biblical interpretation with knowledge of developmental and learning theories, we will construct teaching strategies for Bible studies that would enliven transformative, transgressive biblical faith.

Theology of Evangelism (CL 510)
This course equips students to synthesize their personal experiences of God’s goodness with contextual awareness, various theological perspectives, and biblical teachings to develop creative practices of evangelism that are true to their personal faith.

Empowering the Congregation for Evangelism (CL 611)
Study of the role of the pastor and church leaders in discipling the congregation and motivating and training the laity in faith-sharing outreach ministries.

Planning and Planting Congregations (CL 609)
Drawing from the fields of leadership and evangelism, this course provides a theological framework and a variety of practices for revitalizing current congregations and/or planting new congregations.

Pastor and the People (CL 606)
This course will survey the responsibilities, tasks and relationships of the pastor within various contexts. A portion of the course will be devoted to future challenges for the pastoral ministry and the student’s vision for engaging these challenges effectively. This course will also offer opportunities to discuss and experience pastoral practices.

Church and Community (CL520)
This course is designed to help students understand and develop their own theological positions about the mission of the local congregation in its neighborhood and community settings and about how this mission can be made effective. It seeks to explore motivations, provide resources, and demonstrate methods for such a mission. We will use biblical/theological sources, social theory, and other resources for developing and evaluating effective ministries for social service and social change.

Global Christianity in an Interfaith World (THEO 540)
This course offers an introduction to Christianity as a truly worldwide movement today. We study factors that contributed to and sustain Christianity’s current shape, reach, and impact and examine key cultural, ethical, interreligious, and theological challenges facing mission and ministry in a world church.

 

Admission Requirements/Application Process

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in any field

Application Process

  • Complete online application
  • Submit resume
  • Request undergraduate/graduate transcripts be sent to Garrett-Evangelical

For more information about the admission requirements and/or application process, please visit our FAQs webpage or contact our Admissions Office at GetAdmitted@Garrett.edu or 847.866.3998.

Apply Now Inquire

Use waiver code LAUNCH by August 1, 2019, to waive the application fee!

FAQs

Click here to access FAQs about Garrett-Evangelical Certificate Programs and UMC Professional Certifications.

"So often evangelism is defined in old models; hobbled by a culture of individualism; or viewed as a matter of guilt and lack, rather than joy and abundance. Here I found the zone where I can help folks both relax into authenticity and find structure to refine the message we can all share as good news! I also feel more confident our congregation can increase effective evangelism by identifying context, resources, and creativity in our unique situation. This course doesn’t give the answers; it helps you identify and apply principles and tools. - Feedback from Theology of Evangelism course"


 

UMC Professional Certification Track

Through the Certificate in Evangelism and Church Planting UMC Certification Track, you will earn both a Certificate in Evangelism and Church Planting from Garrett-Evangelical and compete the necessary academic courses set by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church for their professional certification in evangelism.

Course Requirements

  Course Title Credit Hours Per Course
  Teaching for Biblical Faith 3
  Theology of Evangelism 3
 

Two of the following:

  • Empowering the Congregation for Evangelism
  • Planning and Planting Congregations
  • Pastor and the People
  • Church and Community
3
 

One of the following denominational courses:

  • United Methodist History
  • United Methodist Doctrine
  • United Methodist Polity
  • United Methodist Studies: Wesley and the 19th Century
  • United Methodist Studies: 20th Century to the Present

United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity are 2 credit hours each

Both United Methodist Studies courses are 3 credit hours each

 

Please click here to view upcoming course schedules by semester.


 

Course Descriptions

Teaching for Biblical Faith (CE 502)
In this course, participants will engage critical, creative, liberative approaches to reading and teaching the Bible in communities of faith. We will explore reading strategies from the margins, particularly as articulated by racial/ethnic biblical scholarship. Synthesizing this exploration of critical methods of biblical interpretation with knowledge of developmental and learning theories, we will construct teaching strategies for Bible studies that would enliven transformative, transgressive biblical faith.

Theology of Evangelism (CL 510)
This course equips students to synthesize their personal experiences of God’s goodness with contextual awareness, various theological perspectives, and biblical teachings to develop creative practices of evangelism that are true to their personal faith.

Empowering the Congregation for Evangelism (CL 611)
Study of the role of the pastor and church leaders in discipling the congregation and motivating and training the laity in faith-sharing outreach ministries.

Planning and Planting Congregations (CL 609)
Drawing from the fields of leadership and evangelism, this course provides a theological framework and a variety of practices for revitalizing current congregations and/or planting new congregations.

Pastor and the People (CL 606)
This course will survey the responsibilities, tasks and relationships of the pastor within various contexts. A portion of the course will be devoted to future challenges for the pastoral ministry and the student’s vision for engaging these challenges effectively. This course will also offer opportunities to discuss and experience pastoral practices.

Church and Community (CL520)
This course is designed to help students understand and develop their own theological positions about the mission of the local congregation in its neighborhood and community settings and about how this mission can be made effective. It seeks to explore motivations, provide resources, and demonstrate methods for such a mission. We will use Biblical/theological sources, social theory, and other resources for developing and evaluating effective ministries for social service and social change.

United Methodist History (DENOM 600)
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to become knowledgeable about the origins of the Wesleyan tradition and its expressions in The United Methodist Church. It explores the roots of the movement in the Anglican Church and the Wesleyan Revival of the 18th century, and the history of the institutional and theological development of American Methodist/Evangelical United Brethren tradition through the beginning of the 21st century.

United Methodist Doctrine (DENOM 601)
This course is designed to make the student familiar with the theology of John Wesley by becoming familiar with his sermons, a doctrinal standard in the United Methodist Church. This will become a starting point for understanding Methodist theology in general, which is characterized by a theological method that seeks to contextualize the Christian faith in a connectional structure of the church.

United Methodist Polity (DENOM 602)
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to fulfill the learning goals described by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church for fulfillment of the Polity requirement. We will focus on the broader ecology of the ecclesiological forms, governance configurations, membership, and orders as they are expressions of the United Methodist expression of Christian mission. The student’s use and growing familiarity with the Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions is an essential requirement and expectation of the course.

UM Studies: Wesley and the 19th Century (DENOM 603)
The foundational contribution of John Wesley to the history, doctrine, and polity of Methodism. The Methodist tradition in the U.S. through the 19th century.

UM Studies: 20th Century to Present (DENOM 604)
Developments within United Methodism, as related to the ecumenical movement, world mission, personal evangelism, and social justice. Evolution of polity, theology, and denominational structure.

Admission Requirements/Application Process

Garrett-Evangelical Admission Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in any field

Garrett-Evangelical Application Process

  • Complete online application
  • Submit resume
  • Request undergraduate/graduate transcripts be sent to Garrett-Evangelical

GBHEM Enrollment Process

  • Once you have received your acceptance letter from Garrett-Evangelical, download and complete the enrollment form from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) found here.
  • Send copies of your completed GBHEM enrollment form to your annual conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry and to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Certification in Specialized Ministry, P.O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37203-0007.

For more information about the admission requirements and/or application process, please visit our FAQs webpage or contact our Admissions Office at GetAdmitted@Garrett.edu or 847.866.3998.

Apply Now Inquire

Use waiver code LAUNCH by August 1, 2019, to waive the application fee!

FAQs

Are there other requirements I need to meet for a UMC Professional Certification in Evangelism and Church Planting?

Yes. While Garrett-Evangelical provides you with the course work, The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) sets the requirements for UMC Professional Certification, which is granted to you by your Board of Ordained Ministry. Download Requirements


Click here to access FAQs about Garrett-Evangelical Certificate Programs and UMC Professional Certifications.