Certificate in Disability Ministry

Equip yourself. Empower the Church. Enable all.

Contact: [email protected]

United Theological Seminary’s Certificate in Disability Ministry is designed for church leaders, pastors and lay people of all denominations preparing for or involved in ministry with people with disabilities. Become more effective in your ministry as you learn to reach all people in relevant and accessible ways. Beginning in Fall 2021 we are excited to announce that  the courses can be taken as part of the certificate program, or for credit as part of an MDiv at United or for credit at another institution. Course fees for those taking courses for credit will be in accordance with United’s fees rather than the rate for the certificate program.

Flexible and Practical

This certificate program combines academic instruction, practical mentoring and contextual placements to shape and equip you for disability ministry. With online classes and semester costs between $580 and $600, this non-degree program is affordable and immediately practical.

  • Weekly online classes, alternating between theory and practical training.
  • Monthly online mentoring session
  • Regular (1 hour per week equivalent) involvement in local disability ministry

4 courses. 2 years.

In three accredited seminary online courses, with a weekly live class of 2.5 hours, students will engage disability through a Christian perspective. Courses cover Disability in the Bible, Disability in the Christian Tradition, Contemporary Disability Theology and the Senses. The fourth semester is a guided research project of the student’s choosing.

Alternating with the academic classes, students will participate in regular instructor-led training in practical ministry, with topics such as learning disabilities, sensory impairments, mental health, dementia and Deaf ministry. From the outset, students will be matched with a mentor, with whom they will have the opportunity of supervisions throughout the program.

Students will also learn to apply their growing theological knowledge in a ministry placement. Students will be expected to spend the equivalent of an hour a week in disability ministry within their community. There are a wide varieties of options for this, and we work with students to find the best fit for them.

Previous and upcoming guest lecturers include world experts in the field, such as:

  • Brian Brock (Aberdeen)
  • Benjamin Conner (Western)
  • Dr Keith Dow (Christian Horizons)
  • Alice Teisan (His Wheels International)
  • Zofia Perez (My Sensory Art)
  • Rev Dr Sarah Lund (UCC)
  • Rev Justin Hancock (Julian Way)
  • Dr Laura MacGregor (Martin Luther University College)

It is anticipated that most students will devote two and a half hours a week in class (lecture one week, discussion on practical ministry the next), and around four hours outside of class (placement, reading and assignments). At the conclusion of the course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion at the Seminary’s commencement ceremony.

Interested students are invited to contact the course director, Kirsty Jones ([email protected]), for an informal chat or to ask further questions.




Kirsty Jones,
Coordinator for the Certificate Program in Disability Ministry
[email protected]

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