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You’d like to prepare for your family’s time in the mission field — and be able to support your spouse in ministry — but without going back to school for the next three or four years first. We understand.

That’s why the foundational theology certificate at North Greenville University gets you ready for a career as a missionary through a short one-year program. In fact, we designed this certificate to meet the requirements provided by the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention for spouses of career missionaries. You’ll have the opportunity to build a solid foundation in biblical, missiological, and theological areas, so that you can integrate the Christian worldview into your day-to-day life as a missionary right away.

The program includes only four courses (13 credits), with a fully online format. So your schedule is flexible.

Once you successfully complete the program, you will receive a professional undergraduate Certificate in Foundational Theology from North Greenville University.


Who It’s For


  • Career Missionaries
  • Missionaries
  • Spouses of Missionaries
  • Spouses of Those Preparing to Become Missionaries
  • Vocational Missionaries



  • Biblical and Theological Foundations for Areas of Practical Application
  • Christology
  • New Testament Major Themes
  • Old Testament Major Themes
  • Pneumatology
  • Relationship Between the Old and New Testaments
  • Theology

The curriculum for NGU’s Certificate in Foundational Theology consists of four courses. The 13-credit program ends with a capstone seminar.


Core Courses


You might begin by completing the three core courses required for each participant in the program, although they do not have to follow any specific order:

  • CHST 1310 Old Testament Survey (3 credit hours, online)                          
  • CHST 1320 New Testament Survey (3 credit hours, online)                         
  • CHST XXXX (3 credit hours, online) – You can choose any Christian Ministries course for this elective:
    • Administration in the Pastorate
    • Biblical Counseling
    • Christianity and Postmodernism
    • Church History II
    • Church History IV
    • Church Planting and Revitalization
    • Current Issues in the Public Square
    • Denominations
    • Deuteronomy
    • Ethics and Politics
    • Ezra-Nehemiah
    • Family-Equipping and Discipleship
    • Galatians
    • General Epistles
    • Genesis
    • Hebrews
    • History of Israel
    • I-II Corinthians
    • I-II Samuel
    • Introduction to World Religions
    • Isaiah
    • James
    • Johannine Corpus
    • John
    • Joshua-Judges
    • Luke-Acts
    • Models of Youth Ministry
    • Music in the Pastorate
    • New Testament Theology
    • Old Testament Theology
    • Pastoral Epistles
    • Pauline Epistles
    • Pentateuch
    • Preaching
    • Prophets
    • Proverbs
    • Psalms
    • Romans
    • Song of Solomon
    • Synoptic Gospels
    • The Baptists
    • The World of the Ancient Near East
    • The Worlds of Ancient Greece and Rome
    • The Writings
    • Women in Ministry
    • World Christianity
    • Youth Culture
    • Youth Ministry Administration and Programming
    • Youth Ministry: Methods and Philosophy
    • Zechariah


Elective Course


In addition to the core courses, you can choose one of these systematic theology courses based on your preference:

  • CHST 3331 Systematic Theology 1 (3 credit hours, online)                          
  • CHST 3332 Systematic Theology 2 (3 credit hours, online)                          
  • CHST 3333 Systematic Theology 3 (3 credit hours, online)


Capstone Seminar


After completing your courses, you will finish by taking the final Capstone Seminar:

  • Capstone Seminar (1 credit hour)

Once you successfully complete the program courses listed above, you will receive a professional undergraduate Certificate in Foundational Theology from North Greenville University, carrying the weight of 13 undergraduate university credits.

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