Vocational Ministry (VM)


The Vocational Ministry (VM) certificate 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 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.


  1. The student will understand all 66 Bible books and major movements and personalities in church history.

  2. The student will gain confidence in his or her teaching and/or preaching skills.

  3. The student will develop ministry skills in counseling and leadership.


  1. The student will demonstrate a knowledge of the thematic, chronological, and geographical flow of the entire Bible through the SFM 500 final exam. 

  2. The student will demonstrate the ability to teach/preach expository and thematic messages as evidenced by assessed classroom speaking assignments. 

  3. The student will demonstrate a knowledge of counseling and leadership skills through final exams in PAS 501 and PAS 511. 

Core Courses 

Elective Courses

3 Hours
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Bible Study Methods I
Esther, Obadiah & Mark
3 Hours
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MIS 501: Missions I
Perpectives on the World Christian Movement
3 Hours
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THE 501: Theology I
3 Hours
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MIS 502: Missions II(Anthropology)
Hosea, Amos, Micah, Habakkuk & Zephaniah
3 Hours
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THE 510: Church History I
3 Hours
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MIS 503: Discipleship, Evangelism
Church Planting
Deuteronomy & Galatians
3 Hours
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PAS 501:Pastor-Shepherd I
Job, Jeremiah & Lamentations
3 Hours
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Exodus, Numbers & Matthew
SFM 501: Spiritual Formation
& Ministry I
3 Hours
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PAS 511: Pastor-Leader I
Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings
3 Hours
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SFM 505: Spiritual Formation 
& Ministry V
Songs of Songs are & Ecclesiastes
3 Hours
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PRE 501: Expository Preaching
& Teaching I
3 Hours
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SFM 506: Spiritual Formation 
& Ministry VI
Ezekiel is & Gospel of John
3 Hours
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SFM 500: Spiritual Formation
& Ministry
Bible Panorama

Total Core: 21 Hours (7 courses)

Total Electives: 6 Hours (2 courses)

Vocational Ministry (VM) Application



Covenantal documents.

Please read before starting application.



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and upload resume.

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Pay the $50 fee to complete application process.

*Printable (VM) Application.

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