The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry is a 24 hour program designed for non-degree seeking students. Certificate Students complete a shorter admissions application and upon acceptance participate in the courses alongside degree seeking students. Students in this program will gain an overview of the 16 areas of ministry, taking courses across the disciplines.
Certificate in Pastoral Ministry
Thinking about earning your Certificate in Pastoral Ministry? LTS makes it possible for you!
- Flexible Scheduling
About Certificate in Pastoral Ministry
"As a woman that felt God's call to minister in the social justice arena later in life, I found the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry offered at LTS not only enriching to me in my personal life, but also very cohesive to the Apprentice Track of my Ordination process."
What makes your experience at LTS unique?
- Certificate students may take coursework for credit or non-credit.
- Coursework is completed 100% online
- Scholarships are available to students earning credit
- Non-credit courses are taken at a reduced rate
- Applicants seeking to take courses for credit must have earned at least 30 credits toward a Bachelor’s Degree, with a 2.5 GPA or better
- Submit online application, essay, and a $65 non-refundable application fee
- One letter of recommendation
- Non-Credit applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.
How It Works
The 12-month calendar system means that you can choose the months you take the courses. You may take as few as one class per month or take more when your schedule permits. Classes are offered each month for half-credit, one credit or two credits each. A half-credit course will last two weeks; a one-credit course will last four weeks; a two-credit course will last eight weeks. The short online courses require approximately 10-12 hours of weekly study per course. While completed online, this works is highly interactive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept people from all backgrounds?
Students at Lexington are diverse in age, denomination, race, geographic location, and gender. They have one thing in common: they all desire to learn more about the life of faith and answer a call. Students at LTS come from a variety of backgrounds; our students are engineers and teachers, nurses and parents, recent graduates and second-career pastors. At Lexington you will find your place in a community.
How many students are enrolled?
Lexington Theological Seminary enrolls students on an ongoing, monthly basis, so our enrollment numbers change frequently. In most calendar years we enroll around 125 students.
Do I have to move in order to attend classes?
No. The majority of your coursework will be completed online, so you do not have to relocate to attend classes. You can graduate with as few as 4 trips to campus!
How long does seminary take?
Lexington’s unique “at your own pace” schedule means that you can complete your studies on your timeframe. Most students at LTS attend on a part-time basis so they can balance their studies with their family life, work life and ministry. Most students take between 12 and 20 credits per calendar year.
Is LTS accredited?
Lexington Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). It is a graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), preparing leaders for the church since 1865.
How Much Does It Cost?
Lexington prides itself on being affordable. Tuition is $480 per credit hour, with all credit-bearing students being eligible for a scholarship. Our programs range from 76 credit hours down to as few as 24. All students are encouraged to use our interest free, fee free payment plan.