Certificate of Ministry from the Africa Pastoral Training Institute

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About the Certificate of Ministry from the Africa Pastoral Training Institute

In partnership with Lawndale Community Church and Christian Community Development of Africa, Northern Seminary offers a Certificate of Ministry in the Kibera slum of Kenya. Pastors from around Kenya and other parts of Africa travel to be trained in pastoral leadership and Christian community development.


In the summer of 2012, Dr. Wayne “Coach” Gordon, Affiliate Professor of Urban Ministry, led a group of students on an immersion experience in Africa.  As part of the course they visited the Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as pastors and church leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  While there, a group of pastors in the Kibera Slums asked Coach Gordon if he could help create a training program for pastors in Kibera.  Over the next year, the faculty and leadership of Northern worked together to create the Africa Pastoral Training Institute.


Since the start of the Africa Pastoral Training Institute, 210 students have graduated from the program with a certificate from Northern Seminary (73 students in 2015 and 137 students in 2018).

Requirements for Completion

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Check out our most common questions:

When does the next academic term begin? 

Northern Seminary does not run on a traditional semester calendar. Classes begin every 10 weeks. Open enrollment allows you to register throughout the year.

Are the classes virtual or in-person?

Northern classes are primarily virtual but include several in-person sessions per year.  

What are the costs for the program?

You can find tuition information here. You can also contact Josh Carney at 630.620.2188 or at jcarney@seminary.edu.

How do I apply for financial aid?

You can apply for financial aid by filling out this application.

Are there scholarships available?

You can find scholarship information here.

Can I sit in on a class to get a feel for the program? 

Call and or email Greg Armstrong at 630-620-2175 or grarmstrong@seminary.edu for upcoming Taste of Northern events, which allow potential students to sit in on several of our current classes.

Who do I contact for more information?

Reach out to Greg Armstrong, Director of Enrollment, at admissions@seminary.edu.  

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