Center for Leadership Development

Equipping God's people for service.

Western Seminary established the Center for Leadership Development to support the local church in equipping God’s people for ministry. Every church leader can use these tools to supplement the on-going teaching and equipping of those God has entrusted to them.

We offer five non-credit certificate tracks: Foundations in Biblical Studies, Foundations in Theological Studies, Christians in the Marketplace, Elder Training, and Shepherding Women. Each of these tracks is comprised of high-quality and biblically sound instructional courses, offered at a low-cost ($100 per certificate track) to keep them accessible to you. To find out more about each track, view course listings and sample a few lessons, please visit our certificates page. Thank you for your service to Christ and to His teaching ministry. We look forward to working with you!

What's involved in CLD courses?

  • Courses may be completed by individuals or church cohorts.
  • All classes are delivered through web streaming, averaging 30 minutes per class.
  • Quizzes and study guides are provided for each course.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 20 hours in any certificate track entitles the participant to a Western Seminary non-credit certificate for that track. Quizzes are required for each class when a certificate is sought.

Computer System Requirements

CLD courses are delivered online through your preferred web browser. We recommend either Google Chrome or Internet Explorer for media viewing.  You will need a web-capable device with the ability to stream and view course media (MP4 format), with access to a high-speed broadband Internet connection.



Questions or comments?

Bert Downs
Bert Downs
Leadership Development Director
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Josh Mathews
Josh Mathews
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
Faith and Work Initiative Director
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