Certificate in Ministry Leadership

Certificate in Ministry Leadership

This degree prepares students to effectively live out their faith in any vocation. It is also an important first step towards a ministry career, because it completes many of the requirements for entry-level service. 

The Certificate in Ministry Leadership (CML) fulfills the education requirements for Certification, Licensure, and Ordination within the Assemblies of God. This program may also be applicable to credentialing tracks for other denominations, although students are encouraged to check with their respective denomination for further clarification.

Because the program is structured around groups of students working together to encourage and learn from one another, the certificate empowers Christian leadership formation and the development of community. CML consists of 36 credits.

Certification, Licensure, and Ordination Courses

Level 1: Certified Minister

  • New Testament History and Literature
  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Church in Ministry
  • Pentecostal Spirituality

Level 2: Licensed Minister

  • Old Testament History and Literature
  • Ministry Leadership
  • Effective Preaching
  • Christian Thought

Level 3: Ordained Minister

  • Corinthian Correspondence
  • Pastoral Care & Counseling
  • Ministry Administration
  • Theology of Ministry Essentials


The price for students pursuing this certificate track is $347 per credit for the 2015–16 academic year.

Financial Aid

Financial aid in the form of federal grants and loans is available to qualifying students. Students must maintain, at minimum, part time status, which equates to six credits each semester. Contact the Financial Aid office at NU for additional information.

Application Process

A high school diploma or equivalent is required for all certificate or degree programs at Northwest University. Students can apply for admission to Northwest University to take courses through the College of Adult & Professional Studies. For more information about the application process please call 425-889-7789.

Course Listings

A complete list of courses can be found in the Academic Catalog

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