Certificate in Youth, Children & Family Ministry Studies

Certificate in Youth, Children & Family Ministry Studies


NNU’s fully online Graduate Certificate Program is designed for laypersons who want to explore a particular facet of the Christian tradition or for clergy who want to further their studies in one particular area of interest.

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  • Lauren Wuertz
  • (208) 467-8688
  • ministryinfo@nnu.edu
  • Choose from seven different Graduate Certificates at a pace that fits your lifestyle
  • 16 semester credits that can be completed in as few as 9 months for certificate completion
  • Fully online
  • Federal financial aid and NNU’s zero-interest monthly payment plan are available to all who qualify

About NNU’s Graduate School of Theology Certificate Programs

The Graduate Certificates offered by NNU’s Graduate School of Theology may be of interest to individuals for their own personal or professional development who presently desire something other than a full academic degree program. Graduate Certificates empower students to focus in a particular area of academic study at a pace that fits their schedule. Depending on the certificate selected, students may complete one or two eight-week courses per semester.

Graduate certificates are offered in:


Graduate certificates may also be attractive to prospective students who are considering a graduate degree and may later wish to transfer their graduate certificate coursework into that particular degree track. For instance, if you complete our Graduate Certificate in Missional Leadership, you could transfer these four courses into our Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Missional Leadership at a later date. Likewise, those who have already earned a graduate degree may find a graduate certificate helpful in focusing their study in a particular discipline beyond a previous degree.


Students earn a graduate certificate in Youth, Children & Family Ministry Studies by completing a total of four of the following four-credit courses by combining two YCFM courses along with two courses of their choice in BIBL, CHIS, PHIL, or THEO. By finishing two eight-week courses per semester over one Fall and one Spring semester, students can earn their graduate certificate in as little as 10 months, depending on when they begin.

After completion of PRTH6000. OnRamp Program Orientation (0), students will:

Complete two of the following courses:

  • ​YCFM6130 Foundations of Youth, Children & Family Ministry
  • YCFM6530 Leadership in Ministry
  • YCFM6730 Missional Ministry
  • YCFM7930 Developmental & Spiritual Formation of Youth, Children & Families

And complete two of the following courses:

  • ​BIBL7290 Grounded in the Living Word: Scripture & the Christian Life
  • CHIS6290 Founded on Embodied Tradition: Church History & the Christian Life
  • PHIL7290 Reflecting on Character: Philosophy & the Christian Life
  • THEO6290 Engaging with Prophetic Voices: Theology & the Christian Life


NNU’s Graduate School of Theology is accredited by The Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools. The following degree programs are approved by The Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry; and Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation with specializations in Missional Leadership; Spiritual Formation; and Youth, Children & Family Ministry.

Since 1930, NNU has been continuously accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, the same respected accrediting body that validates other leading educational institutions across the Pacific Northwest.

$540 per credit, with discounts available.

Before I enrolled, I assumed that online education would leave many gaps in student, professor, and colleague interaction and therefore learning, but I was wrong. The online atmosphere offered deep, meaningful, and even transformational discussion.

Kalyn Vogelmann
Master of Divinity in Missional Leadership