Vocational Ministry (VMC)
The Vocational Ministry Certificate (VMC) program offers vital, graduate-level education beneficial for anyone serving or who wants to serve in Bible-based, Christ-centered ministry leadership. The curriculum includes 7 CORE and 2 ELECTIVE graduate courses offering foundational studies in key subject areas in conjunction with mentored instruction through common educational experiences shared among all TBS degree programs. Fundamental skills and topics studied include hermeneutics, church history and theology, ministry leadership, public speaking/teaching, and spiritual formation, as well as a survey of all 66 books of the Bible and in-depth studies of numerous biblical books. Students earn 3-hour, graded credit by attending and participating in course sessions, turning in all regular assignments, and taking the final exam. By participating at this level, students can retain the option to apply their credit hours toward a graduate degree program should they desire to do so.
Study all 66 Bible books; major movements and personalities in church history; and the thematic, chronological, and geographical flow of the entire Bible. Gain confidence in teaching and/or preaching skills, and develop ministry skills in counseling and leadership.
VMC students are eligible to take any TBS graduate course. TBS generally offers at least one CORE course every semester at each location where graduate courses are offered. Students can take more than one course per semester, without needing to follow the sequence. Students may take their two elective courses at any point. There are no prerequisites for this program.