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Pathway to Ministry

Designed for those currently engaged in ministry and need to complete their Ministry degree. 

Any Where, Any Time, Any Device

1:1 Engagement with Faculty Mentors

Payment plans control your costs

                Complete your degree in as little as 3 months.

Your program length and cost will vary by your degree program, transfer credits, and how quickly you complete courses.


These Certificate Programs are offered by the Center of Theology, Spirituality
& Ministry.

Michael J. Christensen. Ph.D.

Dr. Christensen is the Academic Dean of Northwind Seminary

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These Certificate Programs are offered by the Center of Leadership and Specialized Ministry.

Rev. Robert J. Duncan Jr. D.Min.

Dr. Duncan is the President of Northwind Seminary


This Certificate  Program is directed by Caroline Njuki, Ph.D.

Dr. Njuki is the Retired Assistant General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church.

She is currently serving as the Assistant Dean for African Outreach at Northwind Theological Seminary.

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These Certificate Programs are offered by:

Dan Kroger, DMin.

Each Certificate has three courses. These courses are cross-listed to Northwind Seminary and can be trasnferred to Master's Degree Programs.

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These Certificate Programs are offered by
Rev. Jerry Maynard, known as The People's Priest.

Jerry shares a unique world-view linking ministry, technology, and progressive culture.

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These Certificate  Programs are offered by
the Center of Local Church Ministry led by Rev. Steve VanOstran. D.Min. who is theExecutive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains.


This Certificate  Program is directed by Frances Correia.

Frances lives in South Africa and provides a approach that is rooted in contemplative engagement with scripture and reflection on experience & context.

Creative Arts in Ministry



Dr. Todd Bardin

Dr. Kandace Brooks

Contemplative Photography
Arts as Contemplative Practice
Introduction to Creative Arts

Take one course or all three

Complete all three courses to earn a Certificate


Northwind offers a new style of online learning: Guided Education

When thinking about a certificate course, the common image is a professor in the front of a room, lecturing, and asking or answering questions. Sometimes facilitating peer learning in small discussion groups. This allows students to learn in a very direct way, but it is not the only way to teach. Northwind Institute courses are designed for the individual student who is taking a course anywhere (wifi available), anytime (at the student’s pace), on any device (computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone). The Pedagogy or teaching philosophy at Northwind is Guided Education. Faculty-Mentors vet resources, organize learning, and guide students in Video-Lecture Courses and Tutorial Courses.


Start courses at any time

Study on a schedule that fits your life.

Set aside 1 hour per day

- - or - -

One Day a week.



Learn from respected faculty with advanced degrees and experience

in their fields of study.

Get the support you need for success.



Complete your course

in as little as 30-days

or up to 90-days.








Enrollment Policies:



Northwind Institute offers Open Enrollment. 

Course Schedule:

Students may start a course at any time.


Course Duration:

Courses may be completed in 30-90 days. After 90 days, a grade of Incomplete may be filed requiring an approved extension. Courses not completed within the extension period will receive a grade of F.

Classroom Access:
The Item number on your PayPal Receipt is the password to your classroom.


Textbooks are not included in the tuition fees for these courses.


Refund Policy:

100% Refund on the same day as course enrollment.

Refund requests must be sent via email on the same day as course enrollment to:  REQUEST REFUND


​Medical Leave:

Students may request a medical leave which allows a student to return to their studies at a future date.