AMD Announces New Certificate Program Opportunity

Accredited Ministry Development of the Church of God of Prophecy announced on Wednesday the availability of a new ministerial training opportunity to national, regional, and state offices.

During a live webinar with overseers from across North America, Bishop Brian Sutton, Executive Director of Leadership Development and Discipleship Ministries, and Shaun McKinley, Director of Accredited Ministries, presented an overview of the Certificate in Wesleyan-Pentecostal Ministry being offered through a collaborative effort with the Pentecostal Theological Seminary.

“We feel that the Holy Spirit has certainly given us a mandate to pour ourselves into the process of equipping leaders, 10,000 leaders in fact, by the year 2020 to reach this last day’s harvest,” said Sutton to those watching the one-hour webinar. “The certificate program provides an opportunity for national, regional, and state offices to provide training that is not only theological but also very practical.”

The Pentecostal Theological Seminary’s Certificate in Wesleyan-Pentecostal Ministry is a 90-unit certificate program comprised of four areas including Biblical Studies, Historical/Theological Studies, Life/Ministry/Pastoral Formation, and Missional Ministry/Church Planting.

“This certificate program provides our intermediate offices and ministries with an excellent opportunity to enhance and expand their current leadership development programs,” said McKinley. “The curriculum of this program is holistically Pentecostal and will significantly deepen the educational experience of our ministers and leaders to prepare them for immediate impact in their local church and community.”

The program is ideal for those who’ve had little to no academic training or are pursuing continuing theological education. Additionally, this certificate also serves as a pre-seminary qualifying program for those who are seeking to expand their theological education. Upon successful completion, students are able to apply to any master’s degree program at PTS.

The certificate program provides the church with a unique opportunity to offer courses that are adjusted to include denominationally specific content and taught by qualified Church of God of Prophecy faculty. Because courses are developed in English and Spanish, the church is able to offer the training more broadly throughout North America, as well as Central and South America.

The AMD office is currently working with national, regional, and state offices to bring the first area of study, the Certificate in Life, Ministry, and Pastoral Formation to their areas. Courses for this certificate include:

  • Discipleship and Christian Formation in the Local Church
  • Church Administration and Leadership
  • Liturgy and Pentecostal Ministry
  • Ministry of the Word
  • Ministerial Formation

The Certificate in Wesleyan-Pentecostal Ministry is a 90-unit program that is approved by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and is certified by the Association for Hispanic Theological Education (AETH).

At the conclusion of the webinar, AMD announced the next certificate course to be held at the Ministry Training Center of the International Offices in Cleveland on April 3-7, 2017.

Those interested in hosting a certificate program in their area are encouraged to contact the AMD office at (423) 559-5331 or email amd@cogop.org.