Graduate Certificate in Baptist Leadership

Northern Seminary

Beginning Winter 2023

Program Director: Lee Spitzer




Northern Seminary offers a Graduate Certificate in Baptist Leadership that provides practitioners and pastors a robust and accredited education in the distinctives of Baptist theology, formation, and ministry.


Certificate Details

● Each student must apply and be accepted via Northern Seminary’s admissions department.

● Northern Seminary will teach and administer five accredited graduate courses that can be completed in as little as fifteen months.

● Upon completion, students will receive a “Graduate Certificate in Baptist Leadership.”

● Northern’s Program Director will be available throughout the program for coaching, mentoring, and advising.

● Students must abide by Northern’s core documents and policies while enrolled.

● Courses may be offered virtually through Northern Live or in person. Travel expenses for in person courses are not provided through Northern.

● Every graduate of Northern Seminary is permitted one free audit after graduation.



Required foundational class:

Baptist Studies*

  • Baptist Leaders and the Future

Choose a combination of any four electives:



  • Christian Theology
  • Church & Culture
  • Mission-Shaped Church
  • Discerning the Triune God
  • Theology and Gender
  • Old Testament Theology


  • Intro to Biblical Interpretation
  • Gospels & Acts
  • New Testament Letters
  • Old Testament
  • The Pentateuch
  • Hebrew/Greek


  • Sexual Ethics & Family
  • Race & Reconciliation
  • Pastoral Ethics
  • Pastoral Care
  • Mission and Evangelism
  • Pastoral Leadership

* satisfies ordination standard requirements for Baptist polity and history


Cost payable to Northern Seminary

Partner Program SizeDiscountCost Per Student**
Baptist Certificate*Full Price$6,060.00

*This discounted certificate is available to students that are affiliated with Northern’s Baptist partners (ABC, BGAV, etc.)

**Each student has a separate account that is billed monthly.


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