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Christian Ministry Studies’ Discipleship Institute

Whether you are looking for an opportunity for training for lay ministry, a place to take your first-step in preparation for Christian ministry as a second career, or advanced adult Christian education to enable you to better serve your church as a lay person (Sunday school teacher, lay speaker, lay leader), an undergraduate certificate in Christian ministry through the Discipleship Institute may be just what you are seeking.

Because the Christian Ministry Studies Department welcomes students from all Christian traditions and denominations, this certificate is intentionally not denominational specific. This ecumenical approach provides the student with the opportunity to become familiar with other Christian traditions before entering a denominational seminary.

Presently, the department of Christian Ministry Studies offers five areas of certification to choose from:

Additional certifications are in development.

Most certificate programs require only 15 hours (5 classes) with each course costing $1,236 + textbooks (rates based on the 2012-2013 Academic Year). Students who are taking six or fewer courses through the Discipleship Institute do not need to be enrolled in Lindenwood University in order to receive certificate credits. However, one needs to apply and check the “special student status” on the application form.

Certificate credit may be upgraded later to academic credit at an additional cost if you decide that you would like to pursue an undergraduate degree.

Have questions or ready to get started? Contact Dr. Tim Gibson, Department Chair, at (636) 627-4676 or

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