The Certificate Program
 
The Certificate Program is designed to enhance the effectiveness of lay persons of demonstrated ability by means of a curriculum which integrates their experiences of (lay) ministry with the academic resources of the Seminary.  The Seminary provides professional certification for Deacons, Deaconesses, Trustees and lay leaders.   The following courses are offered:

CERTIFIED DEACON AND DEACONESS PROGRAMS
The Deacon and Deaconess Programs offer three (3) levels of study:
  1. The Silver Certification -- This initial 12 week Program is divided into 3 modules of four weeks each.  It provides students information needed to move beyond the traditional duties of the Deacon and Deaconess. 
  2. The Gold Certification -- This additional 8 week Program consists of five modules focusing on the need and development of ministry to pastors, and the men, women, children, singles and married members of the body of Christ.
  3. The Platinum Certification -- Upon completion of the Silver and Gold Programs, this 24 week power packed course will surely move deacons and deaconess from ceremony to service.  Completion of the Platinum Program requires the student to develop and present a practicum that meets his or her pastor’s approval.
THE CHURCH TRUSTEE
The Church Trustee is vital to the continued survival of the church.  Therefore, trustees must have a well-rounded view of the church as well as the world of church finance.  Unlike a one day seminar or a week long convention, this 12 week Program will undergird the training of the Trustees.  This course is designed to teach trustees and church administrative personnel the basics of good stewardship for the 21st century.

THE INSTRUCTOR’S SERIES
The Instructor’s Series is designed to equip the student with the various means by which he or she can teach others to carry out ministry in the most challenging environments.   Students who have completed the Platinum Certification and practicum are eligible to enroll in this 16 week intensive series.  The course consists of four modules focused on teaching and seminar facilitation. 
 
 TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP
This is the course for anyone aspiring to or currently serving as a leader.  Transformational Leadership will focus on the character building principles set forth in the Bible—integrity, honesty, faith, and service.  Experience the fulfillment of becoming an effective leader who will influence and make a difference in your church, community and family.

EQUIPPING MEN FOR BATTLE
The course is designed to assist in the preparation and development of men who are interested in becoming leaders in the area of Men’s Ministry.  The course will also assist those with a ministry in place to evaluate their program and incorporate changes.  This course will provide the participants with guidelines on how to begin Men’s Ministry or enhance the current ministry.  Become a part of the Moses/Josiah philosophy.

BUILDING WOMEN FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Building Women from the Inside Out will assist in the training and development of women who are currently serving as leaders or those hoping to become leaders in the area of ministry to women.  The first 12 week module of this course will help the women deal with some of “what’s holding them captive” in order to move them towards healing and wholeness.  The second module consists of 8 weeks focused on preparing and empowering the participants with leadership principles that will assist them in their role as ministry leaders. 

$ET YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER
Did you know that the Bible contains over 2,000 scriptures related to finance?  This course will help you reassess your financial status through the use of the Biblical principles that are the keys to successful stewardship of your personal finances.   If you want to get your financial house in order, this is the course for you.

Classes will begin Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8:30 a.m, Community Bible Baptist Church, 7309 Riverdale Road, Lanham, Maryland 20706.

The cost associated with each 12-week certificate training course is $195.00.  There is an additional $60.00 fee for the Deacon and Deaconess Gold and the second module of the Building Women from the Inside Out Courses.  The cost of the Platinum Course is $255.00. 

Upon completion of the course of study, each student will be awarded a certificate at the Washington Baptist Theological Seminary Commencement exercise.

Register in person or click this link School of Certification Registration Form