Business Skills for a Healthy Church

With the Business of Ministry Certificate, gain the practical skills you need to run the business side of your ministry so you can focus on what matters most.

Thank you! You will receive your 20% discount in your inbox when the Certificate launches.

To be a successful ministry leader, it’s essential to have a working knowledge of finances, team management, facilities, planning, board relationships, and systems. FULLER Equip and Fuller Seminary's Church Leadership Institute have partnered to create the Business of Ministry Certificate—designed to enhance your skills in these areas to help you feel more prepared and confident in your ministry leadership.

Read what fellow ministry leaders have to say:


“Ministry suffers when leaders are unable to attend to the basic nuts and bolts of an organization—people, finances,  buildings.  While these matters are not very exciting, mishandling of these can be disruptive, if not damaging, to organizations we serve.  This Certificate is so important and necessary.  As a long-term pastor before coming to Fuller, I would have greatly benefited from this resource. I am certain your work will be enhanced as you engage this material. I highly recommend this Certificate to you.”

- Kurt Fredrickson, Associate Dean for Professional Doctoral Programs, Fuller Seminary


"The Business of Ministry Certificate is helpful for anyone in church leadership, especially head pastors, executive pastors and heads of staff...Engaging in this material can help pastors be more equipped to thoughtfully and intentionally develop teams, manage staff, and be fiscally strategic and responsible. This course is easy to follow, engagingly written, and full of content that will help you build skills and strategies that are readily usable in our ministry to be a faithful steward of our staff, organizational structures, and financial resources."

- Rev. Susanne Meabon Bendoraitis, Executive Associate Pastor, John Knox Presbyterian Church

“A phenomenal Certificate to give pastors, staff, and lay leaders involved in administrative leadership of the church. This Certificate is easily accessible to any student while at the same time giving you an in depth understanding of church corporations. It also does this while laying a theological foundation appropriately understanding the ways in which church is and is not a business.” 

- Reverend Doctor Dana Allin, ECO Synod Executive

"The Business of Ministry Certificate addresses one of the highest priority real-world questions in ministry today: beyond the theological nature of pastoring a church, what does the day-to-day leading of a congregation entail?...The Business of Ministry Certificate will help pastors and ministers steward all of the church's assets toward a cohesive disciple-making strategy which necessarily includes knowledge of finances, supervision, facilities, planning, and systems."

- Josh Ellis, Executive Director of the Union Baptist Association 

Courses included in the Certificate:

  • The Big Debate: Is the Church a Business?
  • Setting Direction: The Role of Planning in Your Church
  • It Takes Money: Understanding Your Church’s Finances
  • More Than a Building: Using Facilities and Systems to Support Ministry
  • It Takes a Team: Managing Staff and Volunteers
  • The Other Team: Tapping into the Potential of Boards and Committees
  • Final Project

Thank you! You will receive your 20% discount in your inbox when the Certificate launches.

The discount is valid until June 1, 2024.

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