This certification program is offered to men who have successfully been ordained as a minister in the CMS program. Additionally, applicants who were ordained under previous COGBF ministerial programs may apply. Ministers who transfer from other organizations must follow the entrance protocols as articulated by the Examining Board (EB). Men who have completed the Evangelist, Counseling, or Teacher programs and decide to enroll in the Pastoral program must also complete the 15 credit hours of the CMS program prior to admission. Graduates will be ordained as Elders to serve the ministry in various capacities.  The title of Elder does not guarantee an assignment as a pastor in the COGBF. In addition to the courses listed below, all certificate-seeking students must  take the appropriate Examining Board class the summer before your graduation. 

CTC202 Biblical Foundations of the Teaching Ministry This course provides the Biblical foundation of the Teaching Ministry. Its primary focus is on the role of the Holy Trinity as Teacher, using the Bible to develop curriculum, what is means to be a disciple as well as the church’s role in teaching.

CTC203 Preparation for Teaching This course provides instructions on how to study the Bible, plan to teach, and how to teach different groups of learners.

CTC204 Structuring the Teaching Ministry of the Church This course will focus on how to evaluate the Teaching Ministry within the church to ensure it is effective. Students will receive instructions on how to equip themselves as teachers and how to assist volunteer with teaching requirements.

CTC205 Teaching Practicum Students will prepare and present lessons for Bible Study and Small Group Study. Upon completion of this course, students will have five teaching outlines to assist with organized delivery of sermons and/ bible study lessons.

CSL102 Developmental Issues Counseling This course prepares students to confront the many prominent developmental issues facing society today. Issues including, guilt, anxiety, adolescence, loneliness and many other topics will be covered. These lessons are biblically-based and collaborated with the best resources of professional psychology.

CSL201 Identity and Conflict Counseling This course prepares students to address conflicts in relationships, sexual issues, homosexuality and many other interpersonal issues. Students will also learn how to take on identity issues including: inferiorities, low self-esteem and life-changes such physical illnesses and grief.

CSL202 Crises Counseling This course prepares students to address mental disorders, addictions, financial issues, vocational issues, spiritual issues and many other control related issues.

CMF202 Marriage and Family Counseling This course prepares students to address relationship issues. It focuses on counseling single individuals as well as those who are married with families. It prepares ministers to provide effective pre-marital counseling as well the issues that occurs in families.
EVG102 The Theology of Evangelism Part II and Evangelism from the Pulpit This course presents the second half of the theological principles that govern evangelism including how it is performed in the church, as well as the family and personal interaction. It then shifts specifically to how to evangelize from the pulpit. Students will learn practical techniques from Master Theologian John MacArthur. This is the second of five courses that helps students qualify for ordination in the Christian Evangelists Training (CET) certification program.
EVG103 Evangelizing the Gospel This course focuses on evangelizing the Gospel through personal interactions. It focuses on equipping and training believers to win the lost in various ways. Students will learn practical techniques from Master Theologian John MacArthur. This is the third of five courses that helps students qualify for ordination in the Christian Evangelists Training (CET) certification program.
EVG201 Evangelism in Practice and Evangelism in the Church Part I This course presents evangelism in real life practice with specific emphasis on how to convey Jesus as Lord. Students will also learn how to evangelize as youth pastor and other positions within the church. These practical techniques are taught by Master Theologian John MacArthur. This is the fourth of five courses that helps students qualify for ordination in the Christian Evangelists Training (CET) certification program.
PCF501 Pastoral and Church Finance This course delivers current strategies to assist pastors and leaders better understand their personal and church finances. This course reviews current laws, tax structure and rules on housing allowances and other write-offs. It helps pastors prepare for financial security and teaches them how to run successful capital campaigns. Students will become financially literate and be inspired to embrace financial freedom.
PST301: Introduction to Pastoring This introductory course is the first of a five part series that prepares men to lead the people of God. Topics include: The character of the pastor; the call to pastoral ministry and includes comprehensive training for a pastoral ministry.

PST302 Preparing Pastors to Lead Students can expect to learn how a pastor’s marriage, home, prayer-life and personal-life can affect his ministry. Students should expect to learn from Master Theologian John MacArthur as was as seasoned pastors of the COGBF.

PST303 Advanced Pastoring I This introductory course is the second of a five part series that prepares men to lead the people of God. Topics include the importance of a pastor’s home and prayer-life.
PST401 Advanced Pastoring II Students can expect to learn how to establish outreach ministries, discipline their members and stay encourage while leading small ministries. Students will understand the importance of shepherding the flock while observing the ordinances of the church.
PST402 Pastors Time to Go This is the final of a five courses that specifically train men who aspire to be pastors. This open discussion course uses various scriptural passages to stimulate discussions.
PRC400 Practicum This course focuses on giving pastoral candidates hand’s on experience in the role as pastor. Students will gain practical experience in pastoring by completing a series of exercises on their district. The EB will assign a local district elder or leader to supervise this important educational experience.
TAM301 The Art of Godly Marriage If you are married, single, or divorce, this course is for you. The authors of the book wrote: “Most of us have no greater desire and prayer than a lifetime of love and commitment to one person with whom we can share life. Marriage is one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity. It is the mystery of living as one flesh with another human being (Ephesians 5:31-32). Marriage is first and foremost about love. It is bound together by the care, need companionship, and values of two people, which can overcome hurt, immaturity, and selfishness to form something better than what each person alone can produce. Love is at the heart of marriage, as it is at the heart of God himself (1 John 4:16).
TPC403 The Preaching Class – This course reviews the work of John Piper—co-founder of Desiring God, former preaching pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, and author of The Supremacy of God in Preaching and Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship. He recorded several lectures on preaching and various other issues. He believes “Christian preaching is a God-appointed miracle aiming to awaken the supernatural seeing, savoring, and showing of the glory of Christ.” With over 40 years of experience in preaching and teaching, “Piper shows preachers how and what to communicate from God’s Word so that God’s purpose on earth will advance through Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting, God-centered preaching—in other words, expository exultation.”