• Brian Ross and two students in Seminary House conference room
  • person sitting at a table, holding a bible

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.

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


Mark Baker
Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, Theology & Intercultural Studies M.A.

terry brensinger
Terry Brensinger, Ph.D.

Professor, Pastoral Education

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

Professor, Program Director, New Testament

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

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

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

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

Randy White
Randy White, D.Min.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Community Leadership and 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 725Understanding, Interpreting, and Teaching Scripture2
MIN 704Discerning Vocation and Calling1
MIN 710Spiritual Formation2
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 750ACross-Cultural Encounter: Los Angeles1.5
MIN 762Exegeting and Serving Your Neighborhood1.5
MIN 750CCross-Cultural Encounter: International1.5
MIN 750DCross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco1.5


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 Ethics2-3

Additional supervised ministry experience