Rural Ministry Certificate

BSK’s Certificate in Rural Ministry provides opportunities to develop a deeper imagination for rural life and ministry.

Students working toward a Rural Ministry Certificate will experience the joys, challenges, and complexities of rural landscapes. Coursework involves studying with and under those who live and work in rural places. Students in the certificate program engage these opportunities through a combination of online coursework and in-place learning in Henry County, KY.

Intensive learning will take place in consultation with Henry County residents, pastors, and The Berry Center

The certificate requires 9 hours graduate credit that may be rolled into a graduate degree program. BSK certificates may be continuing education for those who have already earned a graduate degree, or a starting place for those considering an M.Div.

Rural Ministry Certificate Courses

(enrolling in one course is not an agreement to take all three)

$600 per course

Rural Places

FALL 2020

Rural Places is an intensive course with an online component. Students will gather remotely on Thursday, August 27 @ 10:00 am to meet the professor and one another and go over the syllabus. 

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The intensive dates for Rural Places are September 23-27. All students taking the course for credit are expected to travel to central Kentucky for this portion of the course.

A final remote meeting via Zoom will conclude the course on Thursday, December 10 @ 10:00 am. Populi will be utilized throughout the course, and the professor will meet individually with students before and after the intensive via Zoom.

Contact Dr. John Inscore Essick to coordinate travel and lodging arrangements (john.essick@bsk.edu).

A Year in the Life of a Rural Minister

SPRING 2021

A Year in the Life of a Rural Minister is an intensive course with an online component. Students will gather remotely on Thursday, January 14 @ 10:00 am to meet the professor and one another and go over the syllabus. 

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The intensive dates for Rural Places are March 24 – 28, 2021. All students taking the course for credit are expected to travel to central Kentucky for this portion of the course.

A final remote meeting via Zoom will conclude the course on Thursday, April 29 @ 10:00 am. Populi will be utilized throughout the course, and the professor will meet individually with students before and after the intensive via Zoom.

Contact Dr. John Inscore Essick to coordinate travel and lodging arrangements (john.essick@bsk.edu).

Rural Ministry Capstone

SUMMER 2021

(independent study arranged with Dr. John Inscore Essick)