Certificate Programs

Our programs are designed for ministers and pastors seeking professional development and continuing education. Built upon our values of spirituality and social justice, SFTS continues to offer an innovative curriculum where you’ll receive a top-rated education to encounter God more meaningfully and engage the world more deeply.

Certificate in Trauma & Spiritual Care

The Certificate in Trauma & Spiritual Care provides working professionals in both clinical and pastoral settings with the skills to incorporate spirituality into the healing counsel they provide to trauma victims. This program highlights the spiritual understandings of trauma and healing, giving caregivers a more comprehensive set of skills to help trauma victims recover from their experiences. Our Fall 2017 session is starting in September. Register today!

Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Formation, and World Engagement

SFTS is happy to offer a certificate in spiritual direction based in the art of contemplative listening but open to people with a wide range of interests. Traditionally, spiritual directors were simply people perceived to be wise in the ways of spirit and compassionate toward others. We believe that good spiritual direction is rooted in deep and stable spiritual practice. Training in spiritual direction occurs therefore in the context of contemplative retreats. Study, reading, and practice in community provide a rhythm which encourages rootedness in spiritual discipline, even as one trains in the arts of listening, discernment, and basic knowledge of spiritual direction.

Certificate in Black Church Studies

The Certificate in Black Church Studies is presented by the H. Eugene Farlough Program of San Francisco Theological Seminary. Modules/Classes consist of 12 contact hours and are held on Saturday mornings. This certificate is for highly motivated individuals specifically interested in African American studies who are already in ministry and desirous of seminary training. Admission to this certificate does not require an undergraduate college degree.

Certificate in Ministry Studies

This certificate is awarded upon completion of eight semester courses and may be tailored to fulfill the education requirements for the position of Commissioned Ruling Elders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This flexible program also may allow you to follow your interest in theological study and may be adapted to the specialized needs of individuals or groups.