Certificate in Aging and Spirituality

Asbury Seminary’s 15-hour Certificate in Aging and Spirituality allows you to explore a vocation of educational leadership, discipleship and spiritual formation across each lifespan as you nurture those within the local and global church, para-church and other organizations. 

The certificate options are non-degree programs, but they enable you to test a call to ministry by experiencing one year of seminary education. Certificates also fulfill continuing education requirements or form a solid foundation of academic credits for those who desire to continue their education and pursue a degree.

What to Expect from the Certificate

As you complete your certificate, you’ll be able to

  • Articulate and integrate a practical theology of human aging and elderhood grounded in the biblical narrative, orthodox theology, human sciences, church tradition and experience.
  • Demonstrate insight into the historic and current cultural contexts of aging among diverse populations, along with the potential needs of older adults, as well as their caregivers.
  • Develop proficiency in professional, holistic spiritual nurture of older adults through congregational leadership, pastoral care, chaplaincy, program development, care giving and advocacy.

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines





January 15

May 15

August 15

  • Application Form
  • Personal History Essay
  • Official Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where more than one semester of coursework was taken
  • 4 references; 1 pastoral
  • $50 Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • Background Check
  • A personal interview may be required upon request by the Admissions Committee

Personal History Essay:

  1. Share your life story, including at what point you began your relationship with Jesus Christ. Talk about your growth since that time and what brings you to apply to Seminary at this season in your life. Include your thoughts on how you would like to see your faith grow during your time in Seminary.
  2. What draws you to your desired major/area of study? What is your intended outcome upon degree completion? Why is that career or ministry choice meaningful to you?
  3. Discuss a local, national, and/or international issue and why you are passionate about it.
Aging & Spirituality Required Courses (15)
AS520 Community Relationships, Resources, Programs in Ministry 3
AS530 Spiritual Resiliency and Worship 3
AS663 Aging, Spirituality, and Ministry 3
CD605 Gospel Catechesis: Transformational Discipleship 3
PC510 or PC515 or CO716 Care of Persons OR Pastoral Crisis Intervention OR Adv Skills in Prof Practice 3
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