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Certificate Programs

July 2021

CHMJI-MSFEJ offers students two (2) Certificate Programs:  Ordination & Licensure (must meet ordination candidate enrollment requirements) and Laity.  Each program provides a program of study beneficial for the further development in leadership and respective ministry roles throughout the Church of God In Christ.  

Note:  Jurisdictional Institutes operate throughout the worldwide Church of God in Christ. A student may begin studies in one jurisdiction and complete the program within another. The studies are uniform for all schools. A Certificate of Completion will be issued to each student upon completion of each course. When a student transfers to another site, he/she should present Certificates of Completion for courses taken. The local school will issue this certification and a copy of the names
will be sent to the office of the National Director.

Ordination & Licensure Certificate

The purpose of the COGIC Ordination and Licensure Certificate is to provide foundational knowledge and skills in core practical, historical, and academic areas. The certificate, at the discretion of Jurisdictional Bishops and Supervisors, may be used as the prerequisite for ordination and licensure. This certificate will also serve as a means of professional development and personal enrichment for other persons.

Program Objectives

  1. To assist denominational leaders in the task of preparing material for the licensing and ordination of future church leaders.
  2. To provide non-credit academic courses that serve the needs of non-degree-seeking students.
  3. To introduce students to the fundamentals of the art of homiletics.
  4. To provide practical ministry and administrative skills for students.
  5. To assist in the development of basic competencies in Bible, Church Administration, and Theology.

Laity Certificate

The purpose of the Laity Certificate is to provide foundational scriptural knowledge and teaching regarding the importance of the role of a responsible layman in the Body of Christ. Stewardship and commitment of the individuals in the local assembly are vital to undergirding the ministerial staff and ministry of the congregation.

Program Objectives

  1.  To assist denominational leaders in the task of preparing future church leaders and equipping
    members of the laity to become committed responsible stewards.
  2. To provide non-credit academic courses that serve the needs of non-degree-seeking students.
  3. To introduce students to the history and doctrine of the Church of God in Christ.
  4. To provide scriptural and practical instruction regarding stewardship and responsibility in
    the church at the local, district, and jurisdictional levels.
  5. To assist in the development of basic competencies in Bible knowledge, Time Management, and
    Public Speaking.
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