Ministerial Development

Those called to the ministry after their formal education has been completed often find that the opportunity to attend a college or seminary requires financial responsibilities that are difficult to meet, especially with a family. With the understanding that ministerial training is needed, the Church has instituted the Certificate In Ministerial Studies (CIMS), a nontraditional training curriculum, that provides an opportunity for every minister to receive ministerial training in a Distance Learning Center or via personal or Internet study.

The Certificate In Ministerial Studies (CIMS) consists of 20 courses, offering 35 credits. Of the 35 credits, 34 are required for the CIMS certificate. While CIMS is open to any qualified applicant, the program was designed for ministers who hold Church of God credentials or who have been set forth for ministry by a local church.

About Online Studies

The Certificate in Ministerial Studies program may be completed online over your home computer at your convenience. These dynamic studies include some of the most advanced Internet technology available such as streaming video, audio and text. Therefore, certain system requirements must be installed on your computer in order to view and complete the CIMS course curriculum.

For more detailed information on technical requirements for the CIMS program, visit the technical support page of this web site.

For a step-by-step tutorial for this site, which includes detailed information on the CIMS program, how to sign up and track your progress, visit our Program Path Page.

Please Note: The Church of God School of Ministry is authorized as a postsecondary education institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and completion information on the programs offered by the Church of God School of Ministry, please visit and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button.

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