St. Paul Christian University

School of Christian Ministry

(Certification Programs, Non-Degree/Non-Certification Programs & Services, and SPCU’s Undergraduate School)


Certification Programs


Successful completion of courses earns certification. Courses transfer to application Associate and Bachelor degree programs at no additional cost.


CBC—Certified Biblical Counselor

CAPS 101      Spiritual Approach
CAPS 201      Legal, Ethical, Professional Issues
CAPS 301       Forgiveness & Conflict Management
CAPS 401      Trauma & Grief


CBM—Certified Bi-Vocational Minister

CAPS 111      Ecumenism
CAPS 211      Revealing Congregations
CAPS 311      Practicing Faith
CAPS 411      Today’s Polities


CCC—Certified Christian Chaplain

GENE 101            Organizational Ethics and Social Responsibility
GENE 201            Learning in an Information Age
GENE 301            Foundations of Interpersonal Communication
GENE 401            Critical and Creative Thinking
Competency Interview in these practice areas:
  • Pastoral Crisis Counseling
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Spirituality
  • Traumatic Stress Intervention and Crisis Counseling
  • Disaster Relief for the 1st Responder Chaplain
  • Law Enforcement Chaplain
  • The Hospice Chaplain
  • The Continuing Care Chaplain
  • Death Notifications
  • Faith Based Drug and Alcohol Counseling


  CCD—Certified Church Developer

CAPS 511      Today’s Evangelism
CAPS 512      Leading Congregations
CAPS 611      Developing Excellence
CAPS 612      On Target


CCN—Certified Church Networker

CAST 111      Social Networking in Making Disciples
CAST 211      Articulating Faith
CAST 311      Marketing Communications Planning/Crisis Communications Planning
CAST 411      Consistently Correct


COM—Certified Ordained Minister

SCRI 101      Old Testament Revelations
SCRI 201      New Testament Transformations
SCRI 301      Apocryphal Declarations
SCRI 401      Non-Canonical Amplifications
Polity Interview (for the faith community in which ordination is sought)
  • CP 411 Ordination—Lutheran Orthodox Church (The Catholic Church—Lutheran Rite) Archdiocese of Mid America
  • CP 412 Ordination —Methodist Episcopal Church USA General Conference and Mid-America Conference
  • CP 413 Ordination—Evangelical Reformed Church of America Ecclesiastic Prelature
  • CP 414 Ordination—World Missionary Church Alliance Collaboration International Headquarters


CLL—Certified Lay Leader

CALL 101      Living As One
CALL 201      Knowing the Territory
CALL 301      Community Resource Audit
CALL 401      Connecting with Contemporary Newcomers


CLM—Certified Lay Minister

CALL 111      Ministry Covenant
CALL 211      Ministry Praxis
CALL 311      Ministry Organization
CALL 412      Ministry Connexion


CRE—Certified Religious Educator

CARE 121      Single Outcome, Multiple Intelligences
CARE 221      Responsibility to Reform
CAPS 321      Promoting Great Teaching
CARE 421      Articulating Your Institution


CTC—Certified Transformational Coach

CALL 121      Being Like Jesus
CALL 221      Transforming Like Jesus
CAPS 321      Bearing Fruit
CALL 421      Use Words If Necessary


Diploma Series

  • D101—Applying Biblical Principles
  • D121—Essential Computer Literacy
  • D131—Strategic Financial Success
  • D141— Effective Job Searching

Delivered in person.  Sites vary.  Minimum enrollment necessary.

Inquire here.


Center for Redirection

Covenant Counseling

  • CC 101—Individual
  • CC 201—Relationship
  • CC 301—Marriage
  • CC 401—Family

Provided from FaithPoints Lutheran Orthodox Church facility.

Inquire here.


CopCare 911

Chaplaincy and counseling for the law enforcement community (officers and family members).


FaithPoints Lutheran Orthodox Church

  • Thursday Nights Together
  • First Friday Faith

Parish outreach of enrichment, learning, and networking offered occasionally.


The Summit

  • SU 101— Facilitation (adapted and customized professional development training for your organization’s leaders)
  • SU 102—Consulting (to maximize your organization effectiveness)
  • SU 103—Coaching (for individual effectiveness)

Inquire here.