I am working on my dissertation proposal for an Ed. D. at UNC-Charlotte which will be a program evaluation of the School of Christian Ministry at BTSR. scm.btsr.edu. I've been doing some checking to see if there are similar programs at other schools. By similar I mean:
Courses may be taken individually or towards a certificate
Program is wholly online
Designed for Non-degree seeking students
Hosted by ATS accredited institution.
So far I've found programs that may or may not qualify at Andover Newton, Notre Dame, Palmer, Concordia and Drew.
If you know of or are associated with such a program please contact me at spraybon@uncc.edu or sraybon@gardner-webb.edu
Look forward to talking with others who have an interest in online training for lay leaders.

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You might talk to Michael Porterfield at Aquinas Institute - porterfield@ai.edu - they have an online program, but I don't know if it fits all four of your criteria. Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, CT, (holyapostles.edu) just opened an online program in bioethics that leads to a certificate and that is wholly online and designed for non-degree seeking students, but they don't yet have ATS accreditation (just regional accreditation).

Good luck in your pursuits!

Sebastian Mahfood
Thank you! That helps me cast the net wider.
The Episcopal Divinity School has created EDSConnect as a continuing education arm of the school. Because its based in a Mutual Ministry model of church, the courses are designed to be offered to groups within a diocese/judicatory and can be tailored to fuit their particular needs. Courses include Rite-Keeping (liturgy), pastoral care, preaching, ethics for congregations, sabbath spirituality, developing spiritual commnities, and introduction to ministry development. We are also preparing courses on congregational change, intro to theology, Hebrew Bible and New Testament. They are typically offered as 6 sessions over 8 weeks so as to include time for practical application of the content in a ministry context. There is movement to develop a series of Certificates (Ministry Developmnet, Congregational Development, Chrisitan Formation). They are taught by EDS faculty on a schedule mutually agreed upon by the hosting diocese/judicatory and the faculty.
Thank you! That sounds like a program I need to look at.
I am working on a continuing education certificate program at Concordia. The program is a hybrid of online and residential, but mostly online. I am interested in your findings.
Luther Seminary has a few certificate programs that are online. Children, Youth and Family is our largest, but we are also beginning a certificate in Parish Nursing and a certificate in Congregational and Community Care that are online. The latter two quite small at this point (maybe 5-6 students), but are running.


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