Why should church leaders get formal training? We offer several reasons:
- to worship God with our mind as well as our heart and strength
- to learn the truth, so that we do not misrepresent God or the gospel
- to get a balanced spiritual diet, rather than focusing on our favorite topics
- to help others apply truth in the world today
For beginning studies, we recommend Ambassador College of Christian Ministry (ACCM), administered by GCI-Australia. For more advanced education, we recommend Grace Communion Seminary (GCS), an accredited, tuition-supported educational institution administered from Glendora, California.
Ambassador College of Christian Ministry (ACCM) provides practical, quality online training in Christian ministry through both credit and audit programs.
ACCM's Diploma in Christian Ministry program equips men and women for more effective and informed service in the work of the gospel. It is recognized by Grace Communion International as a ministry qualification.
ACCM also welcomes non-credit students who wish to undertake study of selected classes for personal interest and development without the need to undertake assessment.
Here are the classes currently offered by ACCM:
- Foundations of Faith
- Spiritual Formation
- Survey of the Bible
- Jesus and the Gospels
- Effective Communication
- Christian Leadership
- Applied Christian Ministry
For more information, go to www.ambascol.org
Grace Communion Seminary equips men and women for pastoral ministry through quality graduate-level distance-education programs in biblical, theological, ministerial and pastoral studies informed by Incarnational Trinitarian faith.
GCS offers more than 25 accredited courses in Old Testament, New Testament, Christian Ministry, Church History and Theology. These come in three major programs:
1. Master's Level Continuing Education Courses. Take courses according to your interests. A bachelor's degree is not required.
2. Master of Pastoral Studies. A total of 14 courses (42 semester hours), including a thesis. Students must take courses in theology, Bible, history, and ministry.
3. Master of Theological Studies. A total of 14 courses (42 semester hours), including a thesis. Students must take courses in theology, Bible, history, and ministry.
Our programs are designed for part-time students, including bivocational pastors and other ministry leaders. All courses are offered online because we do not want to uproot you from your ministry. GCS is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
For more information, go to www.gcs.edu
For a list of the courses offered, go to www.gcs.edu/course/