Business of Ministry Certificate

From financial management to organizational leadership, the Business of Ministry Certificate program will equip you with the essential knowledge and business skills you need to run a healthy and effective church or ministry.

Takes approximately 3 weeks to complete.


Training more than one person?


Church and Ministry Leadership

Course Description

Do you struggle to manage the business and administrative duties required for running a ministry effectively? Despite your training in biblical knowledge, theology, and pastoral care, the “business of ministry” was most likely overlooked in your traditional ministry education. To be a successful ministry leader, however, it’s essential to have a working knowledge of finances, team management, facilities, planning, board relationships, and systems. The Business of Ministry Certificate is designed to enhance your leadership skills in these areas. Join Mike Bonem—business leader, consultant, author of The Art of Leading Change—and gain the necessary skills and tools to serve your congregation and community better. 


Who should consider this certificate: 

  • Solo pastors and new senior pastors who have little or no experience or training in the business of ministry 
  • Associate pastors with operational responsibilities
  • Pastors-in-training
  • Leaders of parachurch ministries


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A FULLER Equip professional certificate is earned through the successful completion of a series of courses.

Hear from Fellow Ministry Leaders!

Portrait of Reverend Doctor Dana Allin speaking.



“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


Portrait of Josh Ellis


“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? In today’s context, pastors and other ministry leaders must be tactical leaders in addition to theological shepherds. 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

Portrait of Rev. Susanne Meabon Bendoraitis

“None of us came to ministry because we wanted to run a business, but in leading a church, we are managing a complex financial organization with valuable resources and staffing. Yet, how much of our seminary training prepared us for these important responsibilities? This [certificate] complements the ministry in which you are engaged by drawing on the wisdom from the disciplines of business and organizational development. 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

Created in partnership with the Church Leadership Institute and FULLER Equip.

Meet Your Instructors

Mike Bonem

Mike Bonem is a consultant, coach, author, speaker, husband, and father. He offers a unique mix of world-class consulting and executive leadership experience to help churches, ministries, and their leaders turn vision into results.

Mike works with congregations, denominational bodies, and faith-based non-profits on vision discernment, strategy implementation, and organizational design. He also coaches ministry leaders, helping them grow their capacity. He has developed and taught seminars for the Willow Creek Association, The Purpose-Driven Church (Saddleback Church), Christian Leadership Alliance, and Leadership Network.

Mike served over 10 years as an executive pastor. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, was a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company, and held executive leadership roles in two businesses. He is the author or co-author of five books on ministry leadership, including his most recent, The Art of Leading Change: Ten Perspectives on the Messiness of Ministry.

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