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Church Planting Certificate

Church planting is about more than new beginnings. It’s about being called, placed, and prepared to advance God’s kingdom.

The Church Planting Certificate is designed to provide practical training for individuals seeking to plant a new church. You’ll be prepared to develop a vision for a new church, organize teams and a support network, plan worship services and welcoming experiences, and create and implement systems to lead your church into the future. You'll learn from a group of successful church planters who will serve as your primary faculty. And as a bonus: all the credits you earn in this certificate will roll over into a degree program—giving you a head start on a seminary degree!

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Church Planting Certificate

Our Church Planting Certificate will build upon foundational courses designed to take your passion for ministry to new heights, and prepare you to lead your own ministry. We will provide you with the tools, resources, and networking skills to plant a new church.

Delivery Fully Online
Location Online
Credits 7.5
Cost per Credit $508
Estimated Total Cost $3,810*

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* These program details and costs are estimated and subject to change. View our program details disclaimer for more information.

Bethel Seminary to Move to Anderson Center

A complete renovation is underway to create a pastoral space that serves modern seminary students well while also bringing them closer to Bethel’s other adult programs and services.

September 05, 2018 | Noon

NOV 29 2018

Seminary Preview Night (St. Paul)

6:30 p.m. Seminary Chapel

Whether you've been thinking about seminary for a long time or you think seminary might be in your future, this event is a great place to start.

Lead from your strengths in new places and in new ways

You’ve been called to plant a church — take the next step in your ministry journey with Bethel.

Over 3,600 seminary graduates serving around the world

On average, 15-20 hours per week are committed to online programs.

Program Highlights

Convenient online delivery

Take courses online with other students from around the globe who are pursuing similar passions and callings.

Experienced instructors

Gain practical, relevant insight and theories from the experiences of seasoned church planters and ministry leaders.

Light Course Load

Earn your certificate upon completion of 3 courses over a typical academic year.


The Church Planting Certificate is designed to build upon your leadership strengths and integrate practical steps you can take with confidence.


Learn how to:

  • Cast a vision for the new church
  • Recruit core planting team and other volunteers
  • Plan worship services and discipleship programs
  • Network with other church planters and ministry leaders
  • Create sustainable systems for long term church health

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