Certificate Studies

Certificate study involves non degree study programs with in depth focus in theology, bible, history and practice of ministry, urban ministry and more for interested persons, TEEM candidates and many others. United Lutheran Seminary offers a variety of certificate programs.

Programs include:

Please note: VA benefits cannot be used for tuition for any certificate program.

UTI Certificate in Christian Ministry

On the Philadelphia Campus

The UTI Certificate Program in Christian Ministry is designed to offer classes to clergy and church leaders that will equip them in the parish and enhance their skills in Bible study, church doctrine, church history, homiletics, and worship. The Certificate Program in Christian Ministry is a program of The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of United Lutheran Seminary. The UTI is dedicated to providing theological education to church leaders that is relevant and upbuilding for the Christian community.

The program consists of eight classes over two academic years:

  • Historical Books (OT)
  • The Prophets (OT)
  • The Gospels (NT)
  • The Epistles (NT)
  • Beliefs of the Church
  • Historical Church Leaders
  • Famous Preachers’ Sermon Style
  • Music and Worship

Participants who complete the full two-year (two courses each seminar) program will receive a certificate in Christian ministry. Entrance into the program can start in fall or spring.

Schedule and Fees

The seminars are held on the Philadelphia campus. Each class meets 3 – 3.5 hours, once a week for 12 weeks on Saturday mornings.

The fee per session is $210 plus the cost of textbooks. Classes for the fall semester begin in September, and in February for the spring semester.

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Urban Theological Institute

For more information about UTI Certificate programs, call 215-248-7302.

UTI Certificate in Church Leadership

In West Chester

The UTI Certificate Program in Church Leadership is designed to offer classes to clergy and church leaders that will equip them to administer church programs and enhance their skills in pastoral leadership.

The Certificate Program in Church Leadership is a program of The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of United Lutheran Seminary. The UTI is dedicated to providing theological education to church leaders that is relevant and up-building for the Christian community.

The program consists of eight classes over two academic years:

  • Servant Leadership
  • Church Administration and Leadership
  • Historical Books: Genesis to Ecclesiastes (OT)
  • The Prophets: Exploration of Isaiah to Malachi (OT)
  • Pastoral Care and Servant Formation
  • The Gospels and Epistles (NT)
  • Managing Conflict in the Church
  • History and Beliefs of the Church

Participants who complete all eight courses receive the Certificate in Church Leadership.

Schedule and Fees

The seminars are held at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, PA. Each seminar meets 2 – 2.5 hours, once a week, on Monday evenings. Classes are held from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at St. Paul’s, 1 Hagerty Blvd, West Chester, PA 19380.

The fee per seminar is $210 plus the cost of textbooks. Classes for the fall semester begin in September, and in January for the spring semester.

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UTI Certificate in Church Leadership

Certificate in Congregational Faith Formation

United Lutheran Seminary’s Certificate in Congregational Faith Formation is designed to equip adults for building and leading faith formation programming in the congregation.

Course Dates

The course is spread over an eight month period to make it more accessible to volunteers and part-time staff persons.

  • September 21-22, 2018
  • October 12-13, 2018
  • November 9-10, 2018
  • December 7-8, 2018
  • January 11-12, 2019
  • February 8-9, 2019
  • March 8-9, 2019
  • April 12-13, 2019

What is the Certificate in Congregational Faith Formation?

The 16-day crash course in congregational faith formation includes practical education emphasizing small groups, community development, and relational ministry. Topics include Biblical and theological training, cultural analysis, long range planning, family ministry, Christian Education and lots of how-to strategies.

The course is held over the fall and winter across 2 calendar years, and is designed for pastors, professional children and youth staff, volunteers, part-time leaders, anyone passionate for faith formation with children and youth! For some congregations it is an opportunity to “grow their own” leaders, combining the gifts of caring adults who have a heart for faith formation ministry.

What does it cost?

Tuition for the school is $2,500.00 and includes all resource, meal, & lodging expenses. Scholarships may be available. We encourage congregations to offer aid to support applicants.

Tell me more…

The program is held on the Gettysburg campus of United Lutheran Seminary where participants concentrate on theological and theoretical study discussing ways they can grow their congregation’s faith formation, integrating families and communities into their programs. As a final project participants will develop a ministry plan for ministry in their setting. Emphasis is placed on integrating faith formation into the whole life of your congregation, using proven models and techniques, but with an eye on the specific needs of your congregation. A certification ceremony is held for all participants during the final weekend. Each weekend we begin at 8:00am Friday and finish Saturday at 5:00pm. We offer some flexibility if you have a conflict with a weekend date, just contact Chelle Huth to discuss.

Can I handle this?

Our alumni range in age from 20-70, and come from a variety of experience levels. Some have doctorates when they begin while some are high school grads. If you feel God is calling you to serve through faith formation in the church, you really want to apply.

How do I get signed up?

To sign up, contact our director, Deacon Chelle Huth — Email her at chuth@uls.edu or call 717-338-3038

Certificate in Congregational Faith Formation

Do you have a talented leader with a heart for faith formation that could use more education?

Does your part-time youth minister want to take faith formation to the next level?

Are you a rostered person looking to minister more completely with faith formation or how to empower others in this ministry?

Certificate in Congregational Faith Formation may be right for you!

Every day, more congregations are looking for leaders to develop & grow faith formation ministry. There is a shortage, however, of properly trained leaders available to these same congregations. This program is designed to give faith formation leaders sound theological, theoretical and practical training in ministry for faith formation for young people and families. Anyone can benefit from this unique educational opportunity.

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