Core Courses...

The courses in this section may be contextualized to meet the needs of specific learners for achieving competency. There are no “one size fits all” courses in the non-formal education category, although many courses will be similar from participant to participant depending upon participant needs and course content.


Courses are to be taught with a normative and applied understanding of a subject area as it is experienced in church ministry settings. It is understood that course descriptions are not fully understood apart from the context of the teaching-learning situation in which they occur. Descriptions are viewed as statements of intentionality for the achievement of competencies within an identified context. Core courses include the following: Discipleship, Bible Survey, Theology, Church History, Denominational Standards, Polity, and Liturgy, Preaching, Worship and Music, Church Ministry, and Pastoral Care.


Seminary and college course work is recommended and viewed as the normal and recommended for ministry preparation. Transcripts for courses (residence or online) are accepted as evidence of competency. Ministry leaders should see themselves as lifelong learners and actively participate in learning opportunities that are available through residence and online courses, seminars, and library resources.


The courses that are listed below are representative.



While most churches have one or two particular people who are doing the majority of the up-front communication everyone who is leading in ministry needs to be an effective communicator. Most people will tell you that when communication breaks down everything breaks down. This class will help everyone understand the dynamics of communication, understanding one’s best style, and how to put together a presentation/message. Each student will give at least one talk in front of the group for practice and feedback. This class is held January - February.



This course will emphasize personal and corporate spiritual growth in the context of the local church as well as church multiplication. Students will learn how to maintain a balance in ministry and family life as well as learn tried and true practices for character development. Through selected readings and directed spiritual exercises, the student will learn spiritual disciplines and how to form one’s spiritual character. Areas of focus include scripture reading, prayer and learning to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. This class is held in March - April.



This class will explore the writings and developments of the church planting movement in the United States and abroad. Students will gain a historical perspective as well as begin to understand how best the local church should operate. Students will also learn to grasp the ins and outs of the differing styles of church multiplication from Church planting to multi site ministries as well as other emerging models of the church doing all it can to reach those who are un-churched and those who gave up on the church. This class is held in May - June.



Church leaders, including pastors, often find themselves having to be strong in areas they were not trained in. One of those hats that church workers have to wear is in the area of leadership. This course will provide an overview of leadership in the local church and in other ministry settings. Students will learn practical and applicable leadership tools that will translate into the day to day operations of working with people in ministry. Focus areas will include, vision casting, recruiting and delegating, leadership style and team dynamics and development. This class is held in August.

Leadership Training Center

of Centerpoint Church

2345 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 | 269.375.4815