Lay Ministry

Online Theology Degree

 

Overview:

The online theology certificate from Concordia University Online provides students with the insight and guidance to become Lutheran teachers or lay ministers. Grow in faith and knowledge with classes based on the intricacies of religious education, church work, and biblical theology. Graduates of all three levels in our certificate program enjoy a 100% job placement rate* in the areas of lay ministry, elementary to university education, hospital settings, home health care, and social advocacy organizations.

The program ranges from 15 to 47 credits of instruction delivered in a supportive online environment. Be a servant of God and make a difference with your online theology certificate from Concordia University Online.

*This figure, while impressive, does not guarantee employment.

 

Area of Study Theology
Next Start Date June 1, 2015
Credits
15 - 47
Cost/Credit
$270
Total Cost
$4,050 - $12,690
Affiliated with the Concordia Bible Institute.
Higher Learning Commission of the NCACS
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Goals / Objectives

  • Students who complete all three levels are available for calls to congregations and agencies and are eligible to be rostered in The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
  • Deep knowledge of Christian history from Pentecost to the present
  • Understanding of parent and child relationships, teen development, and the place of faith and the church in family life
  • Clear sense of the role of auxiliary ministries in the light of the New Testament and the Lutheran Confessions
  • Ability to incorporate a variety of art forms into the worship experience

Career Outlook

  • Lay Minister
  • Lutheran Teacher
  • Religious Counselor

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Level 1: Foundations for Service

Level 1 provides a solid foundation in the study of the Bible and Lutheran theology. The rich, historical background of Christianity and its place among other belief systems is explored. The Theological Foundations Certificate is awarded upon completion.

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Church Leadership (Residency Required) (REL 105) - Credits: 1

Course Description

Church Leadership introduces the students to the lay ministry program by seeking avenues for theological and spiritual formation to serve in the church. Residency is required for this course.
Old Testament (REL 201) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Old Testament is an overview of the Old Testament intended to acquaint the student with its background, content, and messages.
New Testament (REL 203) - Credits: 3

Course Description

New Testament is an overview of the New Testament intended to acquaint the student with its background, content, and messages.
Biblical Theology (REL 204) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Biblical Theology is a systematic study of major areas of Christian doctrine with an emphasis on what Scripture says, as well as how Lutheran doctrine reflects what Scripture teaches.
God’s People Through the Ages (REL 387) - Credits: 3

Course Description

God’s People Through the Ages surveys Christian history from Pentecost to the present. Distinctive eras in Christian history will be discussed, with attention to their main contours and the principal dynamic forces at work within them.
Varieties of Belief (REL 388) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Varieties of Belief provides a framework for knowing about the teachings, practices, organization, and historical development of world religions and various Christian communities. Emphasis is also placed upon the Christian living in relation to the peoples of other faiths, especially in the North American context, with compassion, biblical confession and a missional intention.

Level 2: Practice in Service

Level 2 provides a theological toolbox for teaching, leading devotions, outreach, visitation, and family ministry. The Practice of Lay Ministry Certificate is awarded upon completion.Level 3 provides in-depth study in Lutheran worship and the Lutheran Confessions. Synodical structure and congregational organization, planning and leadership are explored. Upon completion, the student receives certification by the CUW Faculty and is eligible for call in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Christian Care Giving (REL 287) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Care Giving offers the student preparing for full-time church work opportunity to understand and apply the theology of the cross and the practice of the church in Christian care giving.
Family and Youth Ministry (REL 328) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Family and Youth Ministry explores congregation ministry with and for families by providing students with an understanding of parent and child relationships, teen development, and the place of faith and the church in family life. Special attention is paid to family life education, intergenerational ministry, and strategic planning, with the goal of building ministries that strengthen family relationships.
Religious Education of Youth & Adults (REL 229) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Religious Education of Youth & Adults equips the students with practical methods, skills, and resources to teach religion to youth and adults in a parish setting. Provides students with opportunities to strengthen their ability to communicate the Gospel effectively.
Communicating Bible Messages (REL 233) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Communicating Bible Messages helps the student acquire greater skill in communicating meaningful Bible messages, by learning the theory and practice of analyzing a text of Scripture, writing a message for a specific audience based on that text, and delivering the message. Topical and other creative approaches will also be examined.
Church in Mission (REL 311) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Church in Mission studies the mission of the Church with a vision toward contemporary ministry and outreach. Emphasis will be given to cross-generational and cross-cultural outreach methods.

Level 3: Lay Ministry Certification

Level 3 provides in-depth study in Lutheran worship and the Lutheran Confessions. Synodical structure and congregational organization, planning and leadership are explored. Upon completion, the student receives certification by the CUW Faculty and is eligible for call in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Lay Ministry Seminar (Residency Required) (REL 495) - Credits: 1

Course Description

Lay Ministry Seminar brings into focus the students' vocation and the utilization of their spiritual gifts in the service of the church. The participants will present, in light of Lutheran Confessional theology, their personal vocational goals to serve in the church. Residency is required for this course.
Office of the Professional Church Worker (REL 312) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Office of the Professional Church Worker studies the role of auxiliary ministries in the light of the New Testament and the Lutheran Confessions. It pays particular attention to church administration and conflict resolution in congregations.
Lutheran Worship (REL 221) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Lutheran Worship introduces the main terms and elements of traditional and contemporary worship . The student is exposed to a variety of art forms and the ways in which they can be incorporated into the worship experience. Along with learning the principles involved in assisting with leading a worship service, the student practices these skills in the community.
Gospel of Luke (REL 383) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Gospel of Luke surveys foundational principles and techniques in biblical interpretation using the Gospel of Luke.
Lutheran Confessions (REL 404) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Lutheran Confessions is an overview of the historical background and major teachings of the Lutheran Confessions. The major thrust of the course is a discussion of the doctrines of the Augsburg Confessions as these are also expounded in the other Confessions of the Lutheran Church.
Lay Ministry Internship (REL 420) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Lay Ministry Internship is a course which puts theory into practice in a specialized setting unique to the individual student need. The student intern is introduced to the congregational or institutional arena of professional church work. This presents the student intern the opportunity to experience the vocational option of service as a lay minister. Placement is made by arrangement.

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