Bi-vocational Pastor Certificate | Louisiana College

Bi-vocational Pastor Certificate

The Louisiana Baptist Convention is comprised of more than 1,500 churches, 80 percent of which have about 100 in worship each Sunday. Though called by God to ministry, some pastors serving these churches are without formal theological training. And they hardly have the time or money for training because they have two or more jobs; they are bi-vocational pastors.

In an effort to assist the bi-vocational pastor with formal ministry education and its expense, Louisiana College offers two tracks of ministry study this fall, each of which offers 16 hours of accredited coursework. And tuition, books and fees are waived.

The new certificate programs are significant financially, academically and practically. The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry prepares students for pulpit ministry, and the Certificate in Missiology equips students with the skills to revitalize a church or to plant a new one.

Each program offers accredited bachelor’s level curriculum hours that are transferable toward a BA in Christian Studies should the bi-vocational pastor seek an undergraduate degree.

Designed for the busy minister, each course requires only three weekend visits to LC’s Pineville campus and one regional training seminar. Positioned conveniently across Louisiana, each regional training seminar -- called “Great Commission Leadership Seminars” -- will feature a keynote speaker and several state leaders to provide training.

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Designed for the busy minister, each course requires only three weekend visits to LC’s Pineville campus and one regional training seminar. Positioned conveniently across Louisiana, each regional training seminar -- called “Great Commission Leadership Seminars” -- will feature a keynote speaker and several state leaders to provide training.

Applicants must be currently engaged in bi-vocational ministry or be preparing for bi-vocational ministry in a local church setting.

RL 365T 8/24; 10/5; 11/16
Class times are 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

RL442T 8/25; 10/6; 11/17
Class times are 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

CE303T 8/25; 10/6; 11/17
Class times are 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Applicants must:

  • complete the application below;
  • be 23 years of age;
  • be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED); and,
  • verify bi-vocational ministry either by providing a letter of recommendation from his current church of service or from a pastor-mentor who will confirm the applicant’s intent/calling toward bi-vocational ministry. Letters of recommendation should be sent to Dr. Philip Caples’ LC mailing address: 1140 College Drive, Pineville, LA 71359, or sent via email: philip.caples@lacollege.edu.

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