Certificate in Lay Leadership

The certificate in Lay Leadership is an undergraduate-level, non-credit program designed to provide those who are NOT seeking ordination with a foundation of Biblical Studies, Theology, and Practical Ministry to help them in their roles within their church context. Applicants from the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada will be referred by the Board of Ministerial Standards and Education. Students of other denominations will normally be referred by their accrediting bodies. This Certificate is not affiliated with Acadia University and is awarded by Acadia Divinity College.

Admission Requirements

For information on approval by the CBAC’s Board of Ministerial Standards and Education (BMSE) to take the Certificate in Lay Leadership, please see the CBAC’s “Regulations Concerning the Ministry, Sections 4 and 5-Recognized Lay Leader” at http://baptist-atlantic.ca/download/20117. Individuals can contact Andrew Myers, the CBAC’s Assistant to the Director of Leadership Development, for further information and for an application to apply to the BMSE. An individual must be a member of a CBAC church and hold a Church License to Minister from that church in order to meet with the BMSE. They must receive approval from the BMSE to take the Certificate in Lay Leadership.

After being approved by the BMSE to take the Certificate in Lay Leadership, individuals should contact Catherine Cole, Manager of Recruitment and Admissions at Acadia Divinity College, to receive instructions on how to enroll in the Certificate program. They should also supply a copy of their letter of approval from the BMSE.

Program Requirements

A pass in every course is required to earn a completion certificate. Bachelor’s-level course expectations may be adjusted for the student’s capacity by the professor in consultation with the student, and all courses will be marked on a pass/fail basis. Courses taken in this program are not transferable to a degree program.

Academic Admission Requirements

Grade 12 completion or a GED certificate is normally required for admission.

Catherine Cole
Manager of Recruitment and Admissions: (902) 585-2220: catherine.cole@acadiau.ca

Certificate in Lay Leadership Program Track

Course NumberCourse Name
IDTH 2010Orientation (Pass/Fail)
Biblical Studies
BIBL 2023Survey of the Bible
BIBL 2013Interpreting the Bible
Christian Thought
THEO 3013Christian Theology 1
THEO 3023Christian Theology 2
Ministry Electives – Choose 3
EVAN 3013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society
EVAN 3023Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations
SPFM 3013Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders
PAST 3053Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching
DISP 3013Transformational Discipleship Ministry
NXGN 3013 OR NXGN 3063Youth and Family Ministry OR Children’s Ministry


1 Students with no post-secondary education who are under 55 years of age and who are seeking ordination should enrol in the Bachelor of Theology program. Those over 55 years of age who are seeking ordination should enrol in the Certificate of Ministerial Studies.