Ministry Leadership Track

Ministry Leadership Track

Taught by J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays, Kevin Harney, Terry G. Carter, Heath Lambert, Bill Donahue, Sam Chan, Clay Scroggins , Matt Perman, Alan Ehler

Course Details

  • 8 course series

  • Self-paced

  • 41.5+ hours of video

  • Beginner

  • Full price: $1,539.92

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Course Description

Ministry is a calling.

No matter your role—paid or volunteer, up front or behind the scenes—it’s vital work. And it’s hard work.

This track is designed for anyone who works in a church. Whether you’re on staff or a volunteer, the courses in this track will equip you to do the work you do—better. You’ll get an introduction to the sound biblical principles that undergird effective preaching and counseling. You’ll get practical guidance on small groups and evangelism. And you’ll get basic, nuts-and-bolts help for become a more effective leader—for using your time well and making better decisions.

This track is ideal for those who have had formal seminary classes but need a refresher; for those on staff looking for extra training; and for volunteers who desire to be better equipped.

You will learn:

  • The effective communication principles for teaching and preaching
  • How to craft sermons that are biblically-based and offer sound application
  • The basics of leading a successful small group ministry, including tips for group discussions, the responsibilities of small group leaders, and how to form groups
  • Practical insights for encouraging people in your church to share their faith
  • Tools and strategies to maximize your church’s evangelistic potential
  • Counseling strategies based on sound biblical principles and the application of those principles with a view toward counseling others
  • Real-life examples for implementing counseling approaches on issues related to marriage, divorce, addiction, stress, parenting, and numerous other topics
  • The principles and tools you need to explain the Gospel to others
  • Why a Christ-centered view of productivity is important and the practical strategies for getting the right things done
  • How to make difficult decisions in your ministry and career using an approach that draws from both the latest findings in decision science and from sound biblical principles
  • How to lead others—even when you lack authority—and make a difference regardless of your role or job description

Key Benefits

  • Get immediate access to all 8 seminary-level online courses in the track
  • Access 41.5+ hours of video lectures from J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays, Terry G. Carter, Bill Donahue, Kevin Harney, Heath Lambert, Sam Chan, Matt Perman, Alan Ehler, and Clay Scroggins
  • Work through the courses at your own pace—take up to 36 months
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion
  • No prior coursework or prerequisites are required

This Track Includes the Following Courses

Preaching God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Preparing, Developing, and Delivering the Sermon

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  • Taught by J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays, and Terry G. Carter
  • 16 units
  • 7.5 hours of video lectures
Leading Life-Changing Small Groups

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  • Taught by Bill Donahue
  • 8 units
  • 3 hours of video lectures
Organic Outreach for Churches: Infusing Evangelistic Passion into Your Local Congregation

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  • Taught by Kevin Harney
  • 10 units
  • 5 hours of video lectures
A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry

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  • Taught by Heath Lambert
  • 15 units
  • 6 hours of video lectures
Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How to Make the Unbelievable News about Jesus More Believable

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  • Taught by Sam Chan
  • 12 units
  • 5 hours of video lectures
What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done

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  • Taught by Matt Perman
  • 28 units
  • 6 hours of video lectures
How to Make Big Decisions Wisely: A Biblical and Scientific Guide to Healthier Habits, Less Stress, A Better Career, and Much More

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  • Taught by Alan Ehler
  • 12 units
  • 3 hours of video lectures
How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

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  • Taught by Clay Scroggins
  • 10 units
  • 6 hours of video lectures

Designed to Help You Succeed

  • Work at your own pace.
    Take as much time as you need to work through each course and each lesson—up to 36 months. We’ll walk you through every lesson, step-by-step, to make sure you understand each concept before you move on. Pause and rewind video lectures, work through the review sessions as many times as you’d like, and study at the times of day that work best for you. With this program, you’ll get the flexibility to learn in a way that’s best for you.
  • Learn from seasoned teachers and scholars.
    Your instructors have taught the material for decades both in traditional classroom settings and online. Everything has been expertly designed and time-tested.
  • Get access to tools proven to help you learn.
    Take advantage of the most sophisticated adaptive learning technology that will help you retain and remember what you learn.
  • Get digital access to all course materials—anytime, anywhere.
    Get access to 41.5+ hours of video materials, plus all textbook readings, exercises, quizzes, and more.

The Certificate Program Is Ideal for:

  • Preachers, teachers, and leaders who desire to become more effective leaders in their church.
  • Pastors looking for practical training on preaching, small group leadership, and counseling.
  • Beginning students who desire to learn about effective leadership as they begin their ministry journey.
  • Anyone who wants to lead others, equip future leaders, make better decisions, or learn to manage their time and priorities.

How to earn the Certificate

  1. Achieve an 80% or higher grade in each of the eight required courses.
  2. Complete all coursework within 36 months of enrolling.
  3. Notify us of completion.

When we have confirmed you have satisfied the program requirements, we will issue a Certificate of Completion.

Meet Your Instructors

J. Scott Duvall

Ph.D. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

J. Scott Duvall is professor of New Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He has coauthored several books, including Biblical Greek Exegesis: A Graded Approach to Learning Intermediate and Advanced Greek; Grasping God’s Word; Preaching God's Word; and Journey into God’s Word.

J. Daniel Hays

Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

J. Daniel Hays is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and professor of Old Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author of From Every People and Nation, and he has coauthored Grasping God's Word; Preaching God's Word; Journey into God’s Word; The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology; Iraq: Babylon of the End Times?; Apocalypse; and The Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy. He teaches adult Sunday school at his local church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and preaches frequently throughout the nation. 

Kevin Harney

B.A., Azusa Pacific University; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary; D.Min., Western Theological Seminary

Kevin does extensive speaking and training on topics such as mobilizing churches for effective outreach, leadership, and balancing the challenges of ministry and marriage (in partnership with his wife, Sherry). He seeks to help believers grow to love God with greater passion and reach out to the world with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. His books include Leadership from the Inside Out: Examining the Inner Life of a Healthy Church Leader; Seismic Shifts: The Little Changes That Make a Big Difference in Your Life; Finding a Church You Can Love and Loving the Church You've Found; Organic Outreach for Ordinary People; and more than sixty small-group Bible studies.

Terry G. Carter

PhD, Southwesterrn Baptist Theological Seminary

Terry G. Carter is chair of the department of Christian ministries and holder of the W.O. Vaught Chair in the Pruet School of Christian Studies at Ouachita Baptist University. He teaches homiletics, pastoral ministry, Christian history, evangelism and church growth, missions, and survey of the Bible. He is author of The Journal and Selected Letters of William Carey.

Heath Lambert

PhD., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Heath Lambert is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church Jacksonville, Florida. He is the author of The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams (Crossway, 2011), coeditor of Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God's Resources in Scripture (B&H, 2012), author of Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013), coauthor of Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and Change (P&R, 2015), and author of A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundation of Counseling Ministry (Zondervan, 2016). He is married to Lauren, and is the father of Carson, Chloe, and Connor.

Bill Donahue

Ph.D., University of North Texas

Dr. Bill Donahue is the author of the bestselling Leading Life-Changing Small Groups, Building a Life-Changing Small Groups Ministry (with Russ Robinson), Coaching Life-Changing Leaders (with Greg Bowman), and the Equipping Life-Changing Leaders DVD.

After working with Procter & Gamble and PNC Financial Corp., he launched a leadership development practice, and then took that expertise to the Willow Creek Association & Church for 18 years. In addition, he has worked with Fortune 100 businesses, non-profits, large churches, and other organizations seeking accelerated leadership development.

Bill’s research and writing focuses on helping leaders like you to become transformational leaders, build great teams and launch life-changing groups. He is Director of Professional Doctoral Programs at Trinity International University, teaching courses in leadership, team-building, organizational communication and group dynamics.

Sam Chan

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MD, University of Sydney

Sam Chan is a public evangelist with City Bible Forum in Sydney, Australia where he regularly shares the gospel with high school students, city workers, doctors, and lawyers. He speaks at conferences around the world on the topics of ethics, story-telling, apologetics, and the practice of evangelism in a post-Christian culture.

Clay Scroggins

Clay Scroggins is the lead pastor of North Point Community Church, providing visionary and directional leadership for all of the local church staff and congregation.

As the original and largest campus of North Point Ministries, ranked by Outreach Magazine in 2014 as the Largest Church in America, NPCC averages over 12,000 people in attendance. Clay works for Andy Stanley, one of the greatest leaders on the planet, and understands firsthand how to manage the tension of leading when you’re not in charge.

Starting out as a facilities intern (a.k.a. Vice-President of Nothing), he has worked his way through many organizational levels of North Point Ministries and know all too well the challenge of authority deprivation. Clay holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech as well as a Master’s degree and doctorate with an emphasis in Online Church from Dallas Theological Seminary. He lives in Forsyth County, Georgia, with his wife, Jenny, and their four children.

Matt Perman

Matt Perman is the director of career development at The King’s College NYC and co-founder of What’s Best Next, an organization that helps empower Christians to be more productive in all areas of life. Previously, he served as director of marketing at Made to Flourish and was director of strategy at Desiring God for thirteen years. He is the author of What's Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done (Zondervan, 2014).

Matt has an MDiv in biblical and theological studies from Southern Seminary and a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Matt is a frequent speaker on the topics of leadership and productivity from a God-centered perspective and also consults with businesses and non-profits, focusing on startups devoted to solving large global problems. He blogs at

Alan Ehler

DMin, George Fox Evangelical Seminary

Alan Ehler is a professor and dean of Barnett College of Ministry and Theology at Southeastern University. A former pastor and ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, he is a lifelong student of the science of decision-making.

The Ministry Leadership Certificate Details

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