The Online Certificate in Ministry

The Online Certificate in Ministry, is an Arabic-language program that provides biblical-theological formation and ministry training that is contextually relevant for the Arab World. The degree includes 14 core courses, 3 elective courses, and a non-formal component including mentoring and written theological reflections. Courses include History of Christianity, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Biblical Interpretation, Surveys of the Old Testament and the New Testament, Effective Bible Teaching, and Small Groups. In addition, the Certificate of Ministry requires that each student meet with a local mentor who can encourage the student’s spiritual and academic growth.

In each course, students are divided into groups and facilitated by a tutor. Students study the lesson content, engage with classmates and the tutor through forum discussions, and complete online learning activities such as quizzes and case studies. At the end of the course, students complete a five-hour project that helps them apply what they have learned to their local context.

Courses and credits | Courses offered by ABTS-Online are worth 3 credit hours. Students working towards the Certificate of Ministry will need to complete 60 credits: 42 credits (14 courses) are compulsory coursework, 9 credits are earned through mentoring sessions and written theological reflections, and the final 9 credits can be earned by taking elective courses (3 courses). In each term, 3 core courses and one elective is offered. Courses run for a term period of 11 weeks. Taking a full-time schedule of 3-4 courses per term, a student can graduate in15 months. Students have up to 6 years to complete all required courses.

Growing in God | Spiritual formation is an important component of ABTS-Online. Mentoring and written theological reflections insure that students are working through how what they learn impacts their lives and ministries. In addition, ABTS Online tutors follow up with the students’ spiritual and academic progress.

For more information on the Online Certificate in Ministry and the application form (all in Arabic), please click here. For specific questions about this program, please send an email to