Certificate in Ministry Program

In response to the ever-increasing educational needs in Texas, East Texas Baptist University offers the Certificate in Ministry program. This eighteen (18)-semester hour program is designed for anyone who is seeking entry-level preparation for ministry service. The program is offered through East Texas Baptist University's School of Christian Studies and is available in two locations or sites: Marshall and Tyler.


Purpose Statement:
The purpose of the Certificate in Ministry program is to provide a foundational theological education that is geographically and financially accessible to every person in East Texas with the purpose of transforming communities through the strengthening of the local churches.

Who is eligible for this program?

Anyone is eligible for this program of study. There are no previous educational requirements.

Can course credits apply toward a
college degree?

People who desire to continue their study beyond the Certificate in Ministry program at East Texas Baptist University must apply for regular admission and meet all admissions requirements. All courses taken in this program are for academic credit (one academic hour credit for each course) and may be applied to a baccalaureate degree.


Who will benefit from this program?

Those enrolled in the Certificate in Ministry program generally fall into two categories:

(1) those who have experienced a call into ministry, are employed full-time at a secular job, and desire to provide ministerial leadership to a church organization; and

(2) those who are involved in various roles of lay leadership and ministry in a local church and who desire to further their knowledge in specific areas of the Bible and ministry.