• Brian Ross and two students in Seminary House conference room

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.


mark baker
Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Mission and Theology

terry brensinger
Terry Brensinger, Ph.D.

Seminary President and University Vice President

Tim Geddert, Ph.D.
Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament

Lynn Jost, Ph.D.
Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament and Preaching, Director of the Anabaptist Center

Valerie Rempel, Ph.D.
Valerie Rempel, Ph.D.

Dean of the Seminary, Associate Professor, J.B. Toews Chair of History and Theology

Randy White
Randy White, D.Min.

Associate Professor of Community Transformation & Executive Director of the Center for Community Transformation

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of FPBS application materials

Course listing

Required Courses (30 Units)

BIB 720The Church and God's Mission in the World3
BIB 725Biblical Interpretation I *2
MIN 705Mentoring/Connecting1
MIN 710Spiritual Formation2
MIN 720Personal Evangelism1
MIN 724Church Planting *2
MIN 726Kingdom Entrepreneurship3
MIN 752Urban Ministry: Into the Neighborhood3
MIN 754Urban Ministry: Engaging the City3
MIN 793ASupervised Ministry Experience I1.5
MIN 793BSupervised Ministry Experience II1.5
BIB 709Bible Knowledge Requirement Seminar0


Choose two of the following

MIN 750A
or MIN 750B
or MIN 750C
or MIN 750D
Cross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles
or Cross-Cultural Encounter: Fresno
or Cross-Cultural Encounter: International
or Cross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco



Select 4 units from the following courses

BIB 754Biblical Theology of Mission and Evangelism3
MIN 734Christian Community Development3
MIN 728Anthropology for Christian Witness3
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics2
 Additional supervised ministry experience 

* Course must be taken as number of units listed here