The Seminary of the Southwest in Austin is offering a Certificate Program in Christian Formation, especially geared toward educators and youth ministers. Coursework is completed at the Seminary, in one-week sessions twice a year for two years.
Description of the Program
The Certificate Program in Christian Formation is designed to meet the needs of Christian educators and youth ministers, who seek to deepen their understanding of the Christian theological tradition. Working in peer groups taught by seminary faculty, students in the Certificate Program engage with scripture, history, ethics, and practical theology in a sequence of four sessions on the campus of Seminary of the Southwest. Designed as continuing education for practitioners in the field of Christian Education, the program empowers students to be more able ministers through strengthening their ability to speak the language of the Christian community in effective and creative ways.
The theological vision for Christian formation is to assist Christians on their journey of faith. We explore how we as Christians can grow in the life of faith, and how we can participate in the Holy Spirit’s transforming work. The Certificate Program invites the students from all denominational backgrounds to enrich their experience of the field in ways that are focused, coherent, and solidly grounded in Bible, church history, systematic theology, ethics, and practical theology. The vision for the Certificate Program in Christian Formation brings together the rich and challenging experience of family, children, and youth ministry practitioners with focused theological reflection offered by our faculty.