Are you looking for the most rigorous Certificate of Theology and Ministry available online? Welcome to C:TM + ONLINE powered by Princeton Theological Seminary. C:TM + ONLINE is a peer-to-peer, online theology and ministry certificate designed for those interested in grounding their ministries—both personal and professional—in socially relevant and scholarly theological education.
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* The Live Experience only takes place in the Fall and Spring cohorts, due to this, the Summer cohort is offered at a reduced rate.
C:TM + ONLINE is a 14 week long Certificate of Theology and Ministry with a weekly Wednesday night 7–9pm ET (UTC 00:05) Live Experience! lead by Princeton Theological Seminary professors. The certificate cost can be paid in one or two installments.
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C:TM + ONLINE is Princeton Theological Seminary's rigorous, community oriented, live-virtual Certificate of Theology and Ministry. Unrivaled, it's online education as an extension of our campus experience—in form and substance. The C:TM courses are designed and taught by Princeton Theological Seminary faculty and are moderated by Princeton Theological Seminary PhD students. We’ve opened the doors of the institution and created a virtual extension of the scholarly, socially relevant, and communally oriented Princeton Seminary campus experience, which has been training Christian leaders since 1812.
If you feel like this program is right for you then make your story an indelible part of a new chapter in the Princeton Seminary story. . .
For more than 200 years, Princeton Theological Seminary has been a leader in theological scholarship because of its preeminent biblical scholars and theologians. With C:TM + ONLINE, we open the doors of our classrooms to the world.
The C:TM + ONLINE 14-week course of study is designed to develop deeper critical engagement with Christian theology and foster rich and imaginative applications to your lives and context. You begin by re-examining the Old and New Testament and discussing with your peers and professors its implications for modern life. The first two courses are followed by a midterm. You will then apply those biblical insights to theological underpinnings of the Christian faith and their implications for pluricentric contemporary world Christianity.
OLD TESTAMENT FOR FAITH AND LIFE // 3 weeks
Together with students from around the world, we'll travel through Old Testament stories of suffering and revenge, listen to modern researchers and theologians, and discuss together—all in hopes of reshaping the way we view the Old Testament in modern life.
NEW TESTAMENT // 3 weeks
In this course we'll map out a journey through the gospel of Luke, carefully noting how Luke's unique story of the Jesus, who heals and saves, transforms how we see the world differently and act in it.
THEOLOGY // 3 weeks
Theology is sustained reflection on God and the things of God. This course aims to help people know, love, and enjoy God better that they and the societies to which they contribute may flourish thereby.
WORLD CHRISTIANITY // 3 weeks
This course introduces students to the development of a pluricentric contemporary world Christianity, highlighting the perspectives and contributions offered by Christians from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and their diasporas. It includes key historic, demographic, cultural, and theological themes, which have contributed to shape Christianity in these different regions.
About the Bible: Short Answers to Big Questions
Revised and Expanded Edition, Terence Fretheim (Augsburg Books 2009)
Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith
Ronald E. Heine (Baker Academic 2013)
The fee for the 14-week C:TM + ONLINE program is $600. Payment will be requested after admittance to the program. Multiple payment structures are available and limited financial aid is available on a case-by-case basis. The fee covers all four courses and must be received by Princeton Theological Seminary before the online platform opens for your cohort. Students will also be responsible for purchasing approximately one book per course. The cost of the course does not include books or other materials.
Learn to see the world differently with Princeton Theological Seminary's dynamic online certificate unlike any other. You will get the chance to:
Is C:TM + ONLINE right for you? C:TM + ONLINE is designed for Christian leaders—in any context—with or without formal theological education. Whether you are looking to immediately apply this to your church or want to enrich the theological connections between your personal and professional lives—C:TM + ONLINE is designed for you. Note: We do not recommend C:TM + ONLINE for those who have received an M.Div. in the last 5 years.
There are currently three cohorts offered in a year: Spring, Summer*, and Fall. All cohorts become part of a growing international community of online alumni.
*Please note that the Summer cohort does not include the Live Experience.
Our application process is straightforward and no transcripts are currently required. Once you apply, you will find out if you've been accepted to the program within three to four weeks.
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