Graduate Certificate in Justice Formation


Who Should Consider the Graduate Certificate in Justice Formation?

The Graduate Certificate in Justice Formation (GCJF) is a program of study designed for students interested in what the Bible has to say about justice, and what relevance that has for people, particularly Christians, today. The program is ideal for people across all vocations who wish to point ways forward for everyone seeking to think and act in harmony with God–a community of equals pursuing social justice in the world today. The GCJF is taught on the Master’s level and is designed to be completed in two years part-time or one year full-time.


What Will I Study?

Ministry Formation Studies
Spiritual Formation (3 credits)
Biblical Studies Interpreting the Old Testament or Interpreting the New Testament(3 credits)
Theological & Philosophical Studies In Search of Biblical Justice (3 credits)
Justice Formation Studies
Pastors & Police: Co-Ministers of Reconciliation (3 credits)
  Biblical Justice & Christian Formation (3 credits)
  Justice Formation Practicum (3 credits)

 18 Total credit hours*

*New curriculum requirements as of the 2019-20 Academic Catalog


What is the Spiritual Formation Focus?

An essential aspect of fulfilling Leland’s mission to “equip transformational leaders for the global ministry of Jesus Christ” is nurturing spiritual growth in students. Leland seeks to provide a structure and atmosphere that helps students to have the support and accountability necessary for both individual and corporate spiritual growth. Like anything, building community that encourages this kind of growth takes time and intentionality. To this end, Leland has set in place specific requirements for our students.

Spiritual Formation Class – GCJF students are required to take the Spiritual Formation class during their first semester at Leland. Besides acquainting students with basic aspects of the history and practice of Christian spiritual formation, this class will provide a model for practicing spiritual disciplines within the context of a covenanted small group.

Covenant Groups – In subsequent semesters, GCJF students may participate (as an auditor) in a covenant group comprised of 4-7 other graduate students, which will meet seven times during the semester. The group typically reads a spiritual classic together and encourages one another in their spiritual practices. Auditors must commit to following the group covenant.

Community Life Events – GCJF students are also asked to contribute to and benefit from the broader Leland community by participating in at least two required community life events each semester (or four per year). These events include the all-school gatherings that inaugurate each semester, Advent and Lent worship services, Theological Society meetings, and the Graduation ceremony.


What are the Admissions Requirements?

The John Leland Center for Theological Studies is committed to providing equal opportunity for all student applicants without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. The decision for admission rests with the Admissions Committee. Admission into the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies program is based on the following considerations:

  1. Attested commitment to the Christian faith manifested by a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, membership and participation in a church and recommendation from Christian leaders.
  2. Attested commitment to ministry indicated by a written statement of vocational or ministry objectives and church endorsement.
  3. Demonstrated academic ability by a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized institution with an overall grade point (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Attested moral character evidenced by a life consistent with Christian principles and recommendations from Christian friends and leaders.

See Our Admissions Process for a more detailed description of the application process.


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