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TEDS pilots new program for EFCA ministers

Trinity CommunicationsJune 14, 2017

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in partnership with the Evangelical Free Church of America, announces a new program designed for EFCA ministers and missionaries.

The Ministry Staff Certificate Program, proposed for a fall launch, would educate ministers who serve at least part time in EFCA congregations or on the field as EFCA career missionaries.
In its pilot phase, the program would be limited to 15 students and focus mainly on the needs of ministers and missionaries who did not complete undergraduate degrees in biblical or theological studies. Students will earn a graduate Certificate in Christian Studies upon completion of the program.

“Many faithful workers in our churches and missions want to receive additional education focused on Scripture and theology,” Trinity President David S. Dockery said. “Because it is offered online, this certificate program will enable training while allowing students to remain in their churches or on the mission field.”

Trinity faculty will teach one course each semester (including summer terms) until the cohort completes its eight-course program:

  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Foundations of Christian Mission
  • Theology I: The God of the Gospel
  • Theology II: The Gospel of God
  • Foundations of Evangelism
  • Foundations in Educational Ministry or Christian Worship
  • Christian Leadership and Administration or Current Studies in Pastoral Theology

Each student must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and serve an EFCA church or mission. Students pay $335 per credit hour, which is a 50 percent discount from the standard tuition rate. The cost of books or materials is additional. Although payment plans are available for this program, students are not eligible for institutional, state and federal scholarships or grants, and federal student loans.

To enroll in the fall cohort, prospective students need to contact Ben Dockery by phone (847.317.7058) or email ([email protected]) no later than Aug. 1.

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