Now Accepting Applications For The 2018-2019 School Year

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Certificate of Christian ministry


The Certificate of Christian Minisitry (CCM) is designed for people wanting to grow in their faith and knowledge.  You do not need to be a pastor or leader in the church, you just need to be a Christian wanting to improve yourself.  

Enrollment Requirements

Applicants for the CCM must meet the following requirements:

- Be a professing Christian active in their home church

- Be at least 16 years old

- Please note, a high school diploma IS NOT REQUIRED for enrollment into the CCM program


Students will pay for each course prior to the first day of class.

Courses for the CCM are $90, and that includes your textbook and all related fees

The total cost of the CCM program is $360 and students may prepay if they desire.  Because the tuition is already so low, we are not able to offer a discount for prepayment.  


Each course in the CCM lasts 8 weeks, for a total of 2 classes per 16 week semester.

Each class is worth 3 credit hours, for a total of 12 credit hours for the CCM program.

Classes are taken in the following order:

- Semester 1A: Hermeneutics (THEO100)

- Semester 1B: Old Testament (THEO110)

- Semester 2A: New Testament (THEO120)

- Semester 2B: Church History (THEO130)

Course Overview

Hermeneutics (THEO100) teaches students how to study their Bibles, drawing out the meaning of the text.  Students will complete outline exercises and become knowledgeable about the science of Biblical interpretation.

Old Testament (THEO110) takes students through an Old Testament in a survey.  Students will be exposed to the different types of literature and events of the Old Testament.

New Testament (THEO120) takes students through a New Testament survey.  Students will become familiar with the gospels, epistles, and the different doctrines of New Testament theology.

Church History (THEO130) studies the reformation event.  Students will learn of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, and the circumstances surrounding his break from the Catholic Church.  


The Shepherd's Bible Institute is unique in that we do not administer tests.  In our experience, tests have proven to be a poor method of evaluation.  

Rather than tests, each student will complete a weekly reading assignment.  Students will also make original posts to an online class forum, and comment on others' posts.

Additionally, students will complete regular writing assignments, due at the beginning of class their assigned week.

Students will be evaluated based on participation, both in class and online, and through their turned in assignments.