This certificate is designed for pastors with undergraduate or graduate degrees in ministry, pastoral or other ministries, who find themselves working bivocationally, and some additional education would be valuable. Also, current pastors and other ministers without a theological degree, yet who are heavily invested in ministry, and find themselves bivocational, and some training in general ministry from a bivocational perspective would be highly useful. Yearly meetings and other denominational groups who wish to give bivocational ministers access to practical theological education specifically related to bivocationality, and who may find a planned course of study would be beneficial. And, someone who is specifically choosing to be bivocational, including those for who the word “entrepreneur” might fit.
Required Sequence of Courses:
Bivocational Ministry (2-week August Intensive)
Pastoral Spirituality (online or Zoom in Fall)
Bivocational Mentoring (weekend intensive [Zoom] in Spring)
Models of Entrepreneurial Ministry (online or Zoom in Spring) OR other elective course dedicated to students’ ministry formation (Bible, Theology, Spirituality, other)
Work of the Pastor (2-week intensive in May)
Ministry Practicum (8 weeks supervised ministry experience culminating in presentations at the ESR Pastors’ Conference)