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.
Persons interested in undertaking the program are asked to submit:
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.
March 31 - Admission to Fall Session (September)
October 15 - Admission to Winter Session (January)