Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry Leadership

The certificate in Christian Ministry Leadership is a great way to explore your graduate education options. The certificate allows you to earn masters level credit, explore degree options, and find out where your leadership skills really are. Upon completing the certificate, students may consider the Master of Christian Ministry in Leadership degree which allows you to further develop yourself as a leader. With courses specifically designed for leadership roles in a broad spectrum of environments, the curriculum allows the corporate, non-profit, government, or ministry-minded employee to thrive in their chosen field.

Why Belhaven/LFM Program?

This partnership, between Belhaven University and Leighton Ford Ministries (LFM), brings the richness and depth of academia together with the practical, applicable insights, skills, and approach of real-world leadership principles together. Hands-on-learning that can be directly applied to any current/future leadership challenge. We help you connect, discover, and transform the future of you, your team, and your organization.


Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry Leadership

Course # Course Name Credits
MML 606 The Transformational Leader
The course will demonstrate the three approaches of leadership corresponding to three sides of the triangle.  Participants will take an interactive approach at recognizing, navigating, and applying tactical, strategic and transformational leadership tools.  This will prepare the student to effectively diagnose and comprehend optimal strategies to complex, multi-layered issue that surface in the day-to-day work.  In the process, participants can sharpen their own leadership skills, thereby creating a deeper level of awareness and leadership acumen.
MML 610 Leading Organizational Culture
One of the primary roles a leader serves in any organization is that of architect. We are shaped by our surrounding culture, and we play an important role in shaping the organization’s culture. This course will help the student explore the basis of organizational culture, what ingredients comprise a thriving organizational culture and how the leader can identify the legacy and shadow culture of an organization.
MML 615 Navigating Ministry Conflict
Ministry is ripe with conflict. Leaders must be skilled in navigating conflict, including the capability to mediate or resolve conflict at the interpersonal level, as well as the organizational levels. Students in this course explore the challenges of managing people in times of perceived conflict and dispute, and they work toward developing skills to identify different types of conflict situations.  Students will gain the knowledge of methods effectively manage themselves through conflict and how to leverage conflict for significant breakthroughs. Students also consider the implications of emotion and the multifaceted array of conflict-management styles—factors for which professionals must account. They engage in hands-on, practical exercises in general contingency thinking and action approaches and communication styles designed to help them resolve conflicts and move toward win-win outcomes.
MML 620 Leading Through Change
Many have heard the axiom…change or die! Churches are not exempt from the reality of this phrase. This course focuses on how to lead large-scale organizational change and renewal to set the church on a growth trajectory. We will examine the Transformational Change Model, drivers of change (internal and external), as well as ways to leverage the church’s greatest strengths to seize the challenges of tomorrow. For the church to be vibrant and relevant, its leaders must develop the practical skills to help the church to wrestle with the competing priorities, values, and initiatives.
MML 625 Raising and Managing Resources
This course is a practical approach that builds upon earlier coursework within this program. The student will understand their role as Integrator, relating to the aspects of running the business through strategic, transformational and tactical approaches. The course is divided into two sections of leadership integration; effectively raising resources and healthy fiscal management that is mission focused. The student will learn how to align fiscal needs, oversight and strategy; develop a branding narrative; and cultivate practical processes that support overall vision, culture and philosophical mindset.
Total Core 15

Admission Information

Admission into the Christian Ministry Certificate is open to students who have completed either a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree.  See specific admission criteria below.

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or have earned 9 hours of graduate credit with a B in each course.
  • Provide a professional resume showing five years of relevant experience.

Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the certificate in Christian Ministry Leadership, may be admitted on a conditional basis. The student should submit an essay and 2 letters of recommendation for review by the program committee. Students admitted on a conditional basis to the Master of Ministry leadership program must earn a 3.00 grade point average in the first six semester hours of graduate work to continue in the Master of Ministry leadership program.