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Our certificate in evangelism and church planting equips you with the education and skills for kingdom entrepreneurship. Practical ministry training courses taught by current practitioners in the field to prepare you to lead or create ministries or churched in today's world. The combination of FPBS faculty and adjunct faculty who are current practitioners in their field of study give students the education and practicial skills needed to make a great impact on the world. 


  • Purposeful community of learners and leaders
  • Experienced and published faculty
  • Theologically diverse student body
  • MFT and ministry students integrated in foundational courses
  • Option to study in Israel each summer
  • Option to attend the Hispanic Summer Program
  • Diverse practicum opportunities
  • Online courses available
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Career opportunities

This certificate will prepare you to begin your own ministry or church or to start new ministries for current churches and organizations. Our graduates are known for breathing new life into areas that desperately need to see God at work.

Program director

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Brian Ross, D.Min.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity & Ministry Leadership and Culture


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Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Mission and Theology

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Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, New Testament

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Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, Old Testament, Director of the Center for Anabaptist Studies

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Randy White, D.Min.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Community Leadership and Transformation, Executive Director of the Center for Community Transformation

Admission requirements

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Course listing

Required Courses (30 Units)

BIB 720The Church and God’s Mission in the World3
BIB 725Understanding, Interpreting and Teaching Scripture2-3

At least 2 units required

MIN 704Discerning Vocation and Calling1
MIN 714Spirit, Character, and Transformation2-3

At least 2 units required

MIN 720Personal Evangelism1
MIN 724Church Planting2
MIN 726Kingdom Entrepreneurship3
MIN 752Into the Neighborhood3
MIN 754Engaging the City3
MIN 793AThe Practice of Ministry I1.5
MIN 793BThe Practice of Ministry II1.5
BIB 709Bible Knowledge Requirement Seminar0

Choose two of the following

MIN 750A
MIN 762
or MIN 750C
or MIN 750D
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles
or Exegeting and Serving Your Neighborhood
or Cross-Cultural Encounter: International
or Cross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco
or 1.5
or 1.5
or 1.5


Select 4 units from the following courses

BIB 754Biblical Theology of Mission and Evangelism3
MIN 734Christian Community Development3
MIN 728Culture and Community Engagement3
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics2-3

Additional supervised ministry experience