The Certificate in Non-profit Management for Religious Professionals and Faith-based Leaders is for early to mid-stage professionals working in faith-based organizations, congregations, and community ministries. This certificate equips learners with both practical skills and theoretical resources to effectively steward their organization and ministry, including how to operate an organization, supervise staff, and manage volunteers; how to develop financial tools and budgets; strategy and planning; program development and evaluation; board development; and forecasting and risk assessment.

The 75-hour certificate is comprised of synchronous and asynchronous learning over three unique courses*. The certificate can be completed in as short as 9 months. The certificate is taught by Ann Verdine-Jones, MBA-HR, along with industry experts.

Certificate Cost:

  • $975
  • $900 for learners who register by September 24, 2024 and pay in full
*Courses are also offered individually.

Course 1:

Organizational Leadership & Management

Course number: NPM 101

Tuesdays, October 8 – November 12, 2024
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Central

Individual Course Cost: $360
Registration Closes: October 1, 2024

This course equips leaders with the tools to set direction, develop and lead collaborative teams, manage conflict, recruit, hire, and supervise employees, and work effectively with volunteers and board members. Through readings, mini-lectures, and guided discussions, participants will gain an understanding of how to lead, manage, and support their organizations and their people.  

Course 2:

The Ministry of Finance 

Course number: NPM 102

Tuesdays, February 18 – March 25, 2025
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Central

Individual Course Cost: $360
Registration Closes: February 11, 2025

This course equips leaders with tools and strategies for the ministry of finance and stewardship. Leaders will learn the fundamentals of budgeting and accounting, reporting and analyzing financial health, forecasting, and taxes and legal compliance. Through readings, mini-lectures, and guided discussions, participants will gain an understanding of how to steward financial resources in alignment with mission and ministry.

Course 3: 

Leadership Capstone

Course number: NPM 103

Tuesdays, April 29 – May 20, 2025
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Central

Individual Course Cost: $360
Registration closes: April 22, 2025

In this course, religious professionals and faith-based leaders identify a need specific to their context and develop a resource to address that need in consultation with the instructor. Projects might include a staffing plan with professional objectives and long-term success goals; a strategic planning toolkit including screen and evaluation; policies and procedures handbooks; or a progressive discipline policy.

Please note: Learners are required to take Organizational Leadership and Management (NP101) and The Ministry of Finance (NP102) as prerequisites.