You are welcome to join us at four courses offered each year. In 2021-2022 these cover Discipleship, Scripture Interpretation, Leadership, and Pastoral Care. Each course is offered as a weekend seminar which anyone is welcome to attend. Cost of attendance is $100 paid to MB Seminary.

You are also invited to take it for credit which will also involve reading, small group interaction, and assignments. Our five interns will be taking this Certificate as part of their experience on our team, but we would love to have anyone join them on this learning journey!

The Ministry Foundations Certificate helps leaders grow in their love for God and ministry effectiveness through graduate-level instruction and student interactions. The courses focus on helping leaders interpret and apply Scripture, lead with integrity and excellence, share the gospel, and make disciples in a maximum way—all from a Mennonite Brethren perspective. Churches will also benefit as these leaders apply what they learn, resulting in stronger leadership, relationships, and ministries.

Course Info & Dates

Christian Leadership Practices with Dr. Randy Wollf

This course will help learners grow as Christian leaders and give them practical tools for helping others in their leadership development. Learners will explore how to strengthen six key Christian leadership practices.

Intensive: January 7-8, 2022 at NLCC. Bi-weekly small group hosted at NLCC (schedule TBD). Various assignments due January 9 - March 5.

Pastoral Care with Dr. Gloria Woodland

This course will equip learners to understand mental health challenges and provide them with insight into key issues and topics that arise in pastoral care conversations. They will also learn tools for a biblical, integrated, and holistic pastoral care model that will equip learners to help others navigate through life well.

Intensive: March 4-5 at Willingdon Church. Bi-weekly small group hosted at NLCC (schedule TBD). Various assignments due March 6 - May 8.

Graduate or Continuing Education Credit

Completing the MFC for graduate credit puts a student part of the way toward a seminary degree, while also providing documentation of this one year of study. To take for graduate credit, you will need to apply to be a seminary student.

For those who do not intend to continue with graduate studies, the continuing education track has much less homework, but still allows the student to have documentation of their learning, for a reduced price.

For detailed information about how to register, please visit the MB Seminary website.

If you are part of NLCC and plan on taking the Ministry Foundations Certificate, we'd love to know so we can include you and cheer you on! Once you're registered, please let Pastor Tim know!