Vocational Ministry (VMC)

Overview

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.

Objectives 

  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.

Outcomes

  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

The primary objective of this course is to exposit the books of Esther, Obadiah, and Mark while learning the inductive Bible study method.

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Bible Study Methods I
Esther, Obadiah & Mark
Bible Study Methods I
3 Hours

The primary objective of this course is to peruse a variety of scriptures while learning the Biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives on the world Christian movement.

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MIS 501: Missions I
Perpectives on the World Christian Movement
MIS 501: Missions I
3 Hours

The primary objective of this course is to exposit Genesis while studying the doctrine of the Godhead and the doctrine of the Bible.

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THE 501: Theology I
Genesis
THE 501: Theology I
3 Hours

The primary objective of this course is to exposit the Old Testament books of Hosea, Amos, Micah, and Zephaniah while receiving training in ministries of compassion and justice for the poor, the overlooked, and the forgotten, as well as advanced studies in anthropology and missiology.

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MIS 502: Missions II(Anthropology)
Hosea, Amos, Micah, Habakkuk & Zephaniah
MIS 502: Missions II(Anthropology)
3 Hours

The primary objective of this course is to exposit the New Testament book of Acts while learning church history from AD 33 up to the Reformation.

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THE 510: Church History I
Acts
THE 510: Church History I
3 Hours

The primary objective of this course is to exposit the books of Deuteronomy and Galatians while learning the basic principles of discipleship (Grow), evangelism (Go), and church planting (Go out).

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MIS 503: Discipleship, Evangelism
Church Planting
Deuteronomy & Galatians
MIS 503: Discipleship, Evangelism
Church Planting
3 Hours

The primary objective of this course is to exposit the books of Job, Jeremiah, and Lamentations while receiving training in the basic principles of pastoral care and counseling.

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PAS 501:Pastor-Shepherd I
Job, Jeremiah & Lamentations
PAS 501:Pastor-Shepherd I
3 Hours

A core ministry leadership course with an in-depth exploration of Exodus, Numbers, and Matthew that serve as keys to understanding much of both the Old and New Testaments and the Christian faith as a whole. This course also includes a transformational focus on personal spiritual formation foundational to healthy living for anyone serving in ministry leadership at any level. Students also conduct at least 5 hours of ministry per week and debrief that ministry together as part of the course experience.

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Exodus, Numbers & Matthew
SFM 501: Spiritual Formation
& Ministry I
3 Hours

A core ministry leadership course with an in-depth exploration of Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, and 1 and 2 Kings that expounds on basic principles of leadership in ministry.

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PAS 511: Pastor-Leader I
Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings
PAS 511: Pastor-Leader I
3 Hours

The primary objectives of this course are to devotionally study the books of Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes, begin the process of vocational ministry career placement, organize one's personal life, and continue to focus on personal spiritual formation in a small group environment. The student will conduct a minimum of 5 hours of ministry per week and debrief that ministry together with peers and a professor. This course also includes on-site visits to various para-church ministry settings such as a hospital (exploring chaplaincy), cemetery and funeral home, and behavioral/mental health facility. 

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SFM 505: Spiritual Formation 
& Ministry V
Songs of Songs are & Ecclesiastes
SFM 505: Spiritual Formation 
& Ministry V
3 Hours

The primary objective of this course is to exposit the book of Isaiah while learning the basic principles of expository preaching and teaching.

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PRE 501: Expository Preaching
& Teaching I
Isaiah
PRE 501: Expository Preaching
& Teaching I
3 Hours

The primary objective of this course is to devotionally study the books of Ezekiel and the Gospel of John while focusing on personal spiritual formation in a small group environment. The student will conduct a minimum of 5 hours of ministry per week and debrief that ministry together with peers and a professor.

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SFM 506: Spiritual Formation 
& Ministry VI
Ezekiel is & Gospel of John
SFM 506: Spiritual Formation 
& Ministry VI
3 Hours

The foundational class for all educational programs at The Bible Seminary, the purpose of this course is to introduce the content, themes, and background of all 66 books included in the Old and New Testaments. The graduate level course includes additional work beyond the Bible Certificate level experiences.

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SFM 500: Spiritual Formation
& Ministry
Bible Panorama
SFM 500: Spiritual Formation
& Ministry

Total Core: 21 Hours (7 courses)

Total Electives: 6 Hours (2 courses)

Vocational Ministry (VM) Application

1.  

READ THE TBS

Covenantal documents.

Please read before starting application.

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2.

submit application

and upload resume.

Apply online to TBS, then upload resume below.

3.  

start the journey at tbs!

Pay the $50 fee to complete application process.

*Printable (VM) Application.

*Mail or drop off app to TBS Main Campus.