Lay Certificate in Theology



The Lay Certificate in Theology is designed to contribute to the ministry of the laity by providing an opportunity for students to integrate theological study and reflection with Christian life and experience. Under the guidance of a Mentor, students connect their Christian faith and their daily life and work with a view to bringing new skills, fresh vision and invigorating ideas to their participation in various contexts and local communities of faith.  The certificate offers maximum flexibility to support personal interests and learning goals by allowing choice from an array of course offerings. The program is not intended as training for designated professional ministry and certificate credits are not transferable to any Emmanuel degree. This program is only for domestic students.

An undergraduate degree is not required for admission to the program.

The program of study consists of three (3) unit groups. Each unit is made up of two audited courses and an integrative project (for a total of six audited courses and three integrative projects). Students are required to audit over the course of the program one Bible, one History, one Pastoral Theology and one Theology course. The remaining two courses are electives. Students may choose the sequence in which these courses are audited. The integrative project to be completed at the conclusion of each of the three unit groups is to be prepared with the assistance of a mentor assigned to the student.

Lay Certificate students are provided with:

Programs Glossary This glossary of terms provides further explanation of some of the terminology used in the program outline.

Application Procedures

Persons interested in undertaking the program are asked to submit:

  1. Complete the Online  Lay Certificate Application Form
  2. A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 CAD can be paid online or by cheque (payable to Victoria University) sent to the Office of Admissions at the address below. An application cannot be processed until the application fee has been received.
  3. Arrange for two letters of reference to be sent directly to Emmanuel College (via email, post or fax) before the deadline. Normally the letters are from the applicant's minister and chairperson of the official board of his/her congregation. These letters should include: the name, position and address of the referee, and the length and nature of the referee's relationship with the applicant.

              They should comment upon the applicant's:

              a) character and personality;

              b) emotional stability;

              c) theological and faith commitments;

              d) ability to work with others of different theological beliefs, commitments, cultures, and lifestyles;

              e) potential to undertake theological education.

Office of Admissions, Emmanuel College

75 Queen's Park Crescent Toronto ON M5S 1K7 tel. 416-585-4464 fax. 416-585-4516

We will confirm received documentation via email. Therefore if you do not hear from us, we advise you contact us. 

Once an application file is complete and has been forwarded to the Admissions Committee please allow 3-5 weeks to receive written notification of the admission decision.  

Application Deadlines

April 30 - Admission to Fall Session (September) 

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