There are two programs for the 2016-2017 year:
One (1) year programs
- Four courses-each course is 5 weeks
- Learners enroll in one course at a time
- On-going Apprenticeships/Observations throughout the year with an Approved Learning Resource Coach
- Required summer intensive in Atlanta, Ga. /Charlotte, NC
JCSTS Certificate Program Competencies
The knowledge driven, network society that is founded upon technology, demands from learners to become independent, confident and motivated life-long, self-directed learners that can transfer their knowledge, skills and values. Our core courses across all of our certificate programs address three areas of competency: (1) enhanced knowledge, (2) ethical character and (3) ministerial leadership.
Enhanced Knowledge means that the learners has acquired information, standards, and principles related to her/his vocation or profession. Whether acquired through life experiences or formal education, the learner partner can demonstrate both the theoretical and practical application of his/her vocational information, standards, principles and trends to a given context.
Ethical Character identifies those Individual and communal qualities of moral thinking and behavior that promote just living and just ecologies of community (equity, fair-mindedness, inclusivity, interdependency)
Ministerial leadership is the effective convergence of knowledge, ethical character and community building to imagine, produce and serve as responsive and relevant efficacious leaders in the church and community.
JCSTS Certificate Program Learning Outcomes
The JCSTS Certificate Program achieves these program competencies through five core courses with specific learning results from each course that thread the program competencies into a meaningful exchange for the benefit of promoting just and compassionate communities.
Although vocation specific, the JCSTS certificate programs have a common framework for learning: thinking theologically, leading intentionally, planning effectively and, being the Beloved Community
 Beloved Community-Dr. Martin L. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it