Houston Graduate School of Theology

Certificate in Spiritual Direction

Certificates

HGST has designed the Certificate in Christian Spirituality for clergy, counselors, other religious professionals and lay persons who wish to enhance their ministries with a thorough yet practical program that will enable them to lead and teach in institutional settings, small groups, and one-on-one situations in the areas of spiritual formation and spiritual direction. This certificate requires 15 credit hours. By the completion of this certificate program students will be able to:

  • Articulate the role that history and theology of spirituality play in various faith traditions and Christianity as a whole

  • Explain the role of spirituality in life and ministry, including both individual and corporate dimensions

  • Integrate the study of spirituality into the practice of ministry

  • Integrate the disciplines of spirituality into life

Certificate in Christian Spirituality requirements - 9 credit hours

  • Christian Spirituality

  • Spiritual Disciplines and Practices

  • Systems Thinking in Organizational Contexts

Christian Spirituality electives - 6 credit hours

Total Certificate in Christian Spirituality program: 15 credit hours

 
 

Students who desire more extensive preparation in the area of Christian Spirituality and who feel called to serve as Certified Spiritual Directors should seek the Certificate in Spiritual Direction. This certificate requires 21 credit hours. By the completion of this certificate program students will be able to:

  • Articulate the role that history and theology of spirituality play in various faith traditions and Christianity as a whole.

  • Explain the role of spirituality in life and ministry, including both individual and corporate dimensions.

  • Integrate the study of spirituality into the practice of ministry.

  • Integrate the disciplines of spirituality into life.

  • Exhibit the ability to spiritually direct individuals and groups with integrity, discernment, and sound theological principles.

Certificate in Spiritual Direction requirements - 18 credit hours

  • Christian Spirituality

  • Spiritual Disciplines and Practices

  • Systems Thinking in Organizational Contexts

  • Techniques of Spiritual Direction

  • Spiritual Direction Practicums I and II

Spiritual Direction elective - 3 credit hours

Total Certificate in Spiritual Direction program: 21 credit hours

 
 

The Certificate in Missional Leadership is designed for men and women involved in ministry and desiring to be more missional in thought and action. For those seeking to participate in the mission of God in the world, this certificate offers theological, biblical, spiritual, and philosophical foundations for such ministry. The graduate certificate may stand alone for those already in ministry and not desiring a master’s degree. However, the student may also pursue the Certificate in Missional Leadership as part of an MTS in Theological Studies or an MDiv degree. This certificate requires 15 credit hours. By the completion of this certificate program students will be able to:

  • Articulate missio Dei as revealed in Scripture and in historical Christian writings.

  • Establish the practice of cultural exegesis as a foundation for ministry.

  • Incorporate the skills and qualities necessary for ministry leadership with a view toward personal, congregational, and community transformation.

  • Integrate an understanding of missio Dei into a practice of ministry that impacts the global culture.

Certificate in Missional Leadership requirements - 15 credit hours

  • Christian Spirituality

  • Culture and Context

  • Systems Thinking in Organizational Contexts

  • Transformational Leadership

  • The Missional Church Movement

Total Certificate in Missional Leadership program: 15 credit hours

*The Missional Leadership Handbook, requiring background checks, liability insurance, personal counseling sessions, supervisor information, and more, is available at www.hgst.edu/academics/resources.

 
 

The Certificate in Biblical Languages is designed for men and women who desire to develop competencies in translating Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek. This certificate offers completion of 24 hours of biblical languages—12 hours of Biblical Hebrew and 12 hours of New Testament Greek. The graduate certificate may stand alone for those already in ministry and not desiring a master’s degree. However, the student may also pursue the Certificate in Biblical Languages as part of the MTS in Biblical Studies or the MDiv degree. By the completion of this certificate program, students will be able to demonstrate exegetical competencies in Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek.