Certificate in African American Ministry

The Certificate in African American Ministry (CAAM) provides theological, biblical, spiritual, and leadership training for women and men as pastoral leaders with attention to the twenty-first century    African American congregational context.  It supports those enrolled in the program to pursue excellence in core areas of ministerial practice.  The program is a partnership of Lexington Theological Seminary, the Office of African American Clergy Leadership Development, and the National Convocation. It is funded in part by the Thriving in Ministry Project at LTS with a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

To accommodate busy schedules, students attend synchronous courses online (via Zoom) as well as four-day, in-person intensive courses* at Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, KY, in the summer (these in-person gatherings are dependent upon changing circumstances pertaining to the COVID 19 pandemic).  Upon successful completion of all 12 courses, students earn the Certificate in African American Ministry or they may apply them as continuing education (CEU) credits.

Upcoming Courses in 2020-2021    

     October 16, 2020 / on Zoom 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

     (Eastern Time)/  Welcome & Orientation

     October 17 & 24, 2020 / each session held on 

     Zoom 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) /

     LM 100  – Evangelism & Missions

     December 12 & 19, 2020 / each session held on

     Zoom 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) /

     IS 100 – Old Testament

  February 13 & 20, 2021 / each session held on Zoom 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) /

  IS 110 – New Testament

  April 17 & 24, 2021 / each session held on Zoom 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) /

  IP 100 – History of Christianity & History & Polity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

  June 7-11, 2021 / Summer Intensive on Lexington campus*

Mornings: LW 100 – Preaching

Afternoons:  IF 100 – We Are One:  Disciples Theology

Courses in the Certificate Program

The curriculum of the CAAM program addresses sixteen areas of ministerial practice, including:  biblical knowledge, church administration and planning, communication, cross cultural and anti-racism experience, ecumenism, teaching and leader development, ethics, evangelism, mission of the Church in the world, pastoral care, preaching, spiritual development, stewardship, theology, and worship.

Over the course of enrollment, students in the Certificate program take the following courses:

              IS 100 Old Testament

              IS 110 New Testament

              IB 100 Christian Social Ethics

              IB 110 Diversity in a Globalized World

              IF 100 We are One: Disciples Theology

              IP 100 History of Christianity & History

                          & Polity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

              LC 100 Pastoral Care and Spiritual Growth

              LF 100 Principles of Christian Education

              LM 100 Evangelism and Missions

              LM 110 Administration & Stewardship

              LW 100 Preaching

              LW 110 Worship

You will need to complete the application in one sitting. Please review the application HERE before clicking the button and beginning to apply.