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Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship

Be equipped to help others grow spiritually

With a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Spiritual Formation and Discipleship from Moody, you’ll be equipped to meet the spiritual needs of others, and to shepherd, exhort, and guide God’s people. You’ll also mature in character, study the truth of Scripture, and use your spiritual gifts in ministry. Apply this certificate to your current ministry as you disciple others to grow in their spiritual work with God, wherever God leads you.

With on-campus classes in Chicago or Plymouth Michigan, this certificate is a great option if you want to strengthen your knowledge of spiritual formation in a short amount of time. All credits are also fully transferrable if you want to continue your graduate studies at Moody Theological Seminary!

Program Plan

You’ll be able to take classes when—and how—it’s most convenient for you. Our on-campus courses are offered both in the evenings and during the day in Chicago and Michigan. We also teach them online and in a hybrid format that combines online and in-person instruction.

To download the current program plan, click here:

Program Plan 


The program seeks to achieve growth in three areas of student life: academic, professional and relational.


The objectives of the program are to enable the student to articulate and defend a biblical worldview that is centered in Jesus Christ and the essentials of the Christian faith. This includes the ability to articulate the basic doctrinal conclusions of the historical, evangelical, Protestant tradition consistent with literal interpretation of the Scriptures, the ability to explain the method of biblical theology, and the ability to articulate a worshipful understanding of the attributes of God.


Students will develop skills in interpreting the Bible, using basic Bible study tools, applying and communicating biblical truth, and impacting others in the church and in the world. Furthermore, out of his or her own disciplined pursuit of God, the student will construct a personal philosophy of ministry with a special emphasis on the shepherding and discipling of God's people.


Graduates will embrace a lifestyle of obedience and servanthood flowing out of a passionate understanding of their position in Christ and a continual dependence on the Holy Spirit as seen in the biblical attributes of 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. They will be committed to incarnating the gospel and equipping other believers to reach their full maturity in Christ. This includes accepting God's design for their life and living a life of faithfulness and purity.

Future Ministry Possibilities

  • Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Christian Education Director
  • Youth Pastor
  • Women's Ministry Director
  • Bible Teacher
  • Bible Researcher
  • Missionary
  • Church Planter
  • Christian Service Organization Employee
  • Christian School Administrator
  • Chaplain
  • Relief Worker
  • Pastoral Counselor
  • Christian Camp Director

Financial Aid

A Moody seminary education is easier than ever to afford at $495 per credit hour (price subject to change per academic year). Our scholarships and payment plans help you even more by defraying the cost of tuition and spreading out your financial obligations over time. Some students may also be able to receive advanced standing credit and finish the program in fewer semesters. 

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