CoVocational Certificate


Combining marketplace and ministry for entrepreneurial Kingdom impact

  • Includes material from Disciple Maker Certificate curriculum

  • Explore and develop new business models to start and fund disciple making

  • Learn “Lean Startup”  methodologies from Christian entrepreneurs

  • Customized “Quick Start” approach to apply learning immediately

Who is this program designed for?  


  • A professional with marketable skills already working in a marketplace role

  • A believer who senses a calling to start new ministries in non-traditional formats

  • A person who wants to go into paid ministry but needs a CoVocational job to allow them to do this.

  • A believer who has an entrepreneurial “mindset” – willing to explore new business models that will allow for different ways to start and fund disciple making churches

  • A church planter who wants to work in a business as a “manager” and use this as a platform for ministry

  • Entrepreneurial Christian leader who wants to start a scalable and repeatable business that will serve local communities in multiple locations

Curriculum is customized based on experience of the student


  • Designed for a student who has experience at leading a small group of up to 12 people

  • Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be ready to get first repeatable revenue from a CoVocational business or ministry activity

  • Curriculum is customized for each student, based on previous business experience, ministry experience, and academic background

  • 2 courses provide training on use of methodology to advance development of new CoVocational business/ministry concept

  • Includes courses from Disciple Maker Certificate curriculum (options for advanced credit and/or substitution for students depending on previous academic or business background)

Course List

(See Class Schedule for courses being offered this semester)



  • V41 - Lean Startup Concepts and Methods (3 hrs)
    An introduction to the use of “Lean Startup” concepts and methods for documenting and evaluating new CoVocational ministry opportunities. These tools are widely used by marketplace entrepreneurs when assessing new business opportunities, and can be adapted to the assessment of new combined ministry/workplace opportunities to fuel growth in disciple making.

  • V43 - Lean Startup Problem-Solution Fit Validation (3 hrs)
    Students will use the foundational understanding and Customer Discovery processes developed in the Lean Startup Concepts and Methods course to continue iteratively testing their business/ministry opportunity in the “real world”, with the goal of validating Problem/Solution fit and making a decision to “proceed or pivot”.

  • T23 - Biblical Theology to Fuel Disciple Making (3 hrs)
    An overview of the key teachings in the Bible. From the Grand Storyline through doctrines of Scripture, God, the Fall, Israel, the Gospel, New Birth, Baptism, Saving Faith, Church, Disciple Making, Ethics, and Final Restoration.

  • P17 - Becoming a Disciple Maker (3 hrs)
    Ultimately Jesus desires us to be disciples who make disciples. This practical course instructs students in the art of disciple making with insights from known disciple makers.

  • P19 - Disciple Making and the Local Church (3 hrs)
    Includes the core purpose of the church, shifting to a disciple making focus, the roles of leaders, reaching lost people, development, and church planting.

ELECTIVES* (5 of the courses below chosen in conjunction with the Academic Dean and Professor) 


  • O11 - Old Testament Literature (3 hrs)
    An overview of the Old Testament highlighting key Biblical passages and customs leading up to Jesus the Messiah.

  • N13 - Jesus Christ and the Gospels (3 hrs)
    An overview of the life, teachings, disciple making ministry, Cross, and great commission of Jesus.

  • N15 - Acts of the Apostles (3 hrs)
    A study of the early church’s start, expansion, and disciple making endeavors leading to the Gospel being preached in Rome. 

  • N19 - Romans through Revelation (3 hrs)
    A survey of the rest of the New Testament from Romans through to Revelation. 

  • T25 - World Religions (3 hrs)
    Provides a basic understanding of the major competitors to Biblical disciples – Mormonism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

  • T35 - Apologetics (3 hrs)
    A defence of the faith by examining common attacks against Christianity and how best to answer tough questions while seeking to make disciples.

  • P15 - Mission Perspective (3 hrs)
    A course designed to study missions, noting the concept of the indigenous church and the methods and principles being used on various mission fields.

  • V50 – Capstone** (6 hrs)
    The CoVocational Disciple Maker Capstone Project requires that the student has an active revenue-generating ministry or business already functioning, and where the student desires to grow the ministry or business by a factor of 5-10X in the next 36 months.   The Capstone Project will use a blend of start-up growth methodologies to validate Product/Market fit and to develop a strategic go-to-market plan to achieve the high growth potential identified.  The output of the Capstone Project will be of sufficient data-driven analytical quality and documentation to attract investors to the growth plans for the ministry or business.

* If a student has a Degree in Bible already, they are not required to take the 5 electives; but will have the option to take the Capstone Project if proceeding with a business and approved by the Professor

** Available to students proceeding with a business if approved by the Professor

Tuition and Course Fees

$540 CAD/ 3 hr course

Coaching Fee:
$300 CAD/ 3 hr course (P17, P19)

LeanStack Subscription:
$60 USD / 3 hr course (V41, V43, V50)

*Tuition and Fees are due by registration day and are non-refundable after registration day

(See Master Calendar for dates)

Application Deadline

  • Applications for September enrollment must be received by August 15

  • Applications for January enrollment must be received by December 20

Features - Benefits - Values



Focus on making disciples who make   disciples.

Material from world class disciple   makers

Material from world class   entrepreneurial methodologies.

Asynchronous learning environment for   knowledge acquisition.

Live coaching by qualified disciple making coach and by an entrepreneurial coach.

Allows entrepreneurs to add value to a   community by helping meet a need.

Build a business as a way to pay the   entrepreneur to do ministry.

Develop strategic skills to build scalable and repeatable businesses with ministries that will reach many communities.

Practical application of knowledge   gained (“Quick Start”).

Customized higher ed experience – built   to get started with practical application as soon as possible (“Quick Start”).

We are the only Christian college in   North America to offer disciple making focus combined with CoVocational business training.



Will be studying with like-minded   people plus focused on disciple-making.

Teachers who are knowledgeable and passionate about making disciples (quality of material).

Unique application of startup methodologies to starting new churches by using methods that have been validated by globally-recognized entrepreneurs.

Access material from anywhere, anytime.

“someone who has walked in your shoes” and someone who has walked in territory you haven’t explored yet.

This builds up the well-being of a community by not only providing employment but also improves the spiritual well-being of the community.

Allows the church planter to earn a living wage to support their family and at the same time start a new church that leverages that business.

Will encourage the CoVo leader to “think big” by focusing on repeatable and scalable disciple making techniques and processes.

Experiential learning by applying   knowledge. You gain competency (get good at it).

Get a higher ed credential and an   entrepreneurial education in a minimum time frame

Get 1:1 experience through all major   steps of being a disciple maker and being CoVocational to pay for doing   ministry.

Will be part of a support group for   disciple makers that will outlast the course (build a network).

Will “raise the bar” much higher for a   student’s disciple making knowledge and application.

Will be able to test new ideas about their church startup without committing a lot of money up-front by using experimentation and customer discovery techniques.

Can fit your studies into your own   personal schedule.

Don’t waste your time by repeating   mistakes of others – learn best practices. Will be part of a support group for disciple makers that will outlast the course (build a network).

Attract more interest from non-Christians in the church startup and disciple making efforts.


Get a new church started quicker   without having to spend years raising a large amount of funds prior to launch.

Maximize the number of disciples the   church planter can reach with limited up-front financial resources.

Sense of accomplishment by fulfilling   Great Commission as given by Jesus.

Don’t waste time and money on subjects you aren’t interested in.

“Raise your game” as a disciple maker   as quickly as possible in higher ed.

Sense of accomplishment by fulfilling   Great Commission as given by Jesus



 Biblical Studies Certificate
1 year


Explore and strengthen Christian worldview

Develop understanding of Disciple Making fundamentals

Bachelor of Arts (Bible)
4 year


Deepen Biblical knowledge

Prepare a foundation for lifelong Christian ministry

Disciple Maker Certificates

5 courses each


Foundational theology from world-class disciple makers on how to become a disciple who makes disciples

Practical hands-on mentoring and peer coaching to ensure knowledge gained is applied

“Quick Start” approach to apply learning immediately

Bachelor of Bible & Ministry

20 courses



Prepares a foundation for lifelong Christian ministry for those who feel called to minister or serve the local Church or para-church organization.

A deeper dive into Biblical studies with supplemental Bible and Theology courses.


Disciple Maker Certificate counts as 10 of the 20 courses for the Bachelor of Bible & Ministry degree.


Disciple Making Church

Leadership Certificate


5 courses


Build a unified team with a healthy culture built on making disciples, not on running programs.

Learn and apply Jesus' model of intentional leadership in your own life as a disciple maker.

Build strong relational environments by applying the foundations of healthy leadership.

Youth Disciple Making Ministry Certificate


5 courses

Learn how to build a healthy youth ministry that can thrive in this difficult world.

Become a more intentional leader that builds effective teams to minister to our youth today.

Establish effective practices that help facilitate a youth ministry that makes disciples who can become disciple makers.



CoVocational Certificate


10 courses


Incorporates material from Disciple Maker Certificate curriculum

Explore and develop new business models to start and fund
disciple making

Learn “Lean Startup”  methodologies from Christian entrepreneurs

Customized “Quick Start” approach to apply learning immediately