Welcome to the Western Seminary Center for Leadership Development!
Several years ago a group of Western Seminary faculty and staff started a conversation about the needs of the local church. They talked about the hundreds of thousands of lay leaders who serve as elders, deacons, small group leaders, and directors of ministries for men, women, students, and children. They reflected, too, on the many bi-vocational pastors who often minister in rural communities or in smaller churches with diminished access to financial and educational resources. Their concern was heightened because of all that God has entrusted to Western – technological savvy, innovative staff, seasoned faculty, and a history of effective ministry training.
That concern became action. In the past year, Western leaders have met with a broad cross-section of pastors and lay leaders from around the nation to identify the most critically-important training needs of the church. We have been overwhelmed by the common call for high-quality, affordable and theologically-sound resources that could, in whole or in part, help local churches train current and future ministry leaders.
The result, the Western Seminary Center for Leadership Development, represents a vital partnership between the seminary, the local church and BiblicalTraining.org that exists to provide a broad range of biblical, theological, and ministerial training resources to those seeking to be better equipped for ministry.
Western Seminary and BiblicalTraining are now developing a variety of 10 – 35 instructional-hour training certificates that will afford lay leaders the opportunity to engage learning deeply yet without the often-significant obligations of formal academic study. Upon completion of each certificate learners receive a Certificate of Completion from Western Seminary and BiblicalTraining.org to reflect their accomplishment.
If you have questions or would like to know when new courses and certificates come online, email Jim Hislop. If you have a specific course or interest in mind, please include that information in the body of your email.