The Online Certificate in Ministry
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The Online Certificate in Ministry, is an Arabic-language program that provides biblical-theological formation and ministry training that is contextually relevant for the Arab World. The degree requires 14 core courses, 3 elective courses, and a non-formal component including mentoring and written theological reflections. Courses include Church History in the Middle East, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Biblical Interpretation, Surveys of the Old Testament and the New Testament, Effective Bible Teaching, and Small Groups for Church Expansion. In addition, ABTS works with regional church leaders to select a mentor for each student. This mentor encourages the student in his or her spiritual and academic progress.

In each course, students are divided into groups and facilitated by a tutor. Students study the lesson content, engage with classmates and the tutor, and interact with online learning activities such as quizzes, case studies, forums, and writing assignments.

Courses and credits | Courses offered by ABTS-Online are worth 3 credit hours. Students working towards the Certificate of Ministry will need to complete 60 credits: 42 credits (14 courses) are compulsory coursework, 9 credits are earned through mentoring sessions, and the final 9 credits can be earned by taking elective courses (3 courses) or doing a ministry practicum. Students can take elective courses only after successfully completing 3 compulsory courses. Each term offers a minimum of 2 courses. Courses are composed of 10 sessions and run for a term period of 10 weeks. Taking a full-time schedule of 3 courses per term, a student can graduate in 16 months. Students have up to 6 years to complete all required courses.

Growing in God | Spiritual formation is an important component of ABTS-Online. ABTS will make every effort to partner with churches in the region to nominate a mentor from the churches for each student. ABTS Alumni can serve as substitute mentors if no local church leader is available. Moreover, a tutor will follow up with the students’ spiritual and academic progress.

For more information on the Online Certificate in Ministry and the application form (all in Arabic), please click here. For specific questions about this program, please send an email to


2016-2017 Calendar


Start date

End date

Core Courses

Elective Courses

Term IV 2016

October 3, 2016

December 23, 2016

Effective Faith Sharing


NT Survey


Term I 2017

January 2, 2017

March 24, 2017

History of Christianity

Church as a Reconciling Community

OT Survey

Contemporary Challenges Facing the Church

Term II 2017

April 3, 2017

June 23, 2017

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Spiritual Discipline

Biblical Theology

Introduction to Islam

Term III 2017

July 3, 2017

September 22, 2017

Effective Bible Teaching

Effective Christian Leadership

God and my Relationship with him

Following Jesus and Growing with God

Term IV 2017

October 2, 2017

December 22, 2017

Small Groups

Holy Spirit in the Christian Life

Biblical Interpretation

Cultural Anthropology



Term    Start date    End date    Core Courses    Elective Courses
Term IV 2016    October 3, 2016    December 23, 2016    Effective Faith Sharing    Mission
            NT Survey    Stewardship
Term I 2017    January 2, 2017    March 24, 2017    History of Christianity    Church as a Reconciling Community
            OT Survey    
            Contemporary Challenges Facing the Church    
Term II 2017    April 3, 2017    June 23, 2017    Pastoral Care and Counseling    Spiritual Discipline
            Biblical Theology    
            Introduction to Islam    
Term III 2017    July 3, 2017    September 22, 2017    Effective Bible Teaching    Effective Christian Leadership
            God and my Relationship with him    
            Following Jesus and Growing with God    
Term IV 2017    October 2, 2017    December 22, 2017    Small Groups    Holy Spirit in the Christian Life
            Biblical Interpretation    
            Cultural Anthropology