What We Offer

AXIS Resource Network

As a church leader, are you longing to connect with colleagues who share your passion for ministry, your unique concerns, your common problems? If so, we invite you to join one of the AXIS Affinity Groups where you can share ideas, ask questions, learn about resources, and help to solve each other’s problems. Each affinity group identifies its own meeting schedule and the topics/concerns for each meeting. Kathy Kruschwitz, our AXIS Ministry Academy and Resource Network coordinator, facilitates the meetings to ensure balanced participation among attendees and to keep the conversation focused.

For questions or more information please contact axisnetworks@bgav.org or call 800.255.2428 ext. 5293.

AXIS Ministry Academy

The AXIS Ministry Academy offers pastors, ministers, and lay leaders access to single courses in a specific ministry area, or a program that results in a Ministry Certificate. The Ministry Academy provides interactive, online courses to give participants the benefit of logging in from their locations as well as interacting with the instructor and fellow participants. Please note: a stable internet connection with both audio and video capability (microphone and webcam) is required. Additionally, instructors will be available for in-person sessions for churches or associations that want to schedule training in their area (requires a minimum of 5 participants).

For questions or more information please contact info@axistraining.org or call 800.255.2428 ext. 2243.

AXIS Ministry Academy offers four certificates in the following areas:

All Certificates Require Completion of 10 courses:

  • Four Core Courses
  • Four Required Courses
  • Two Electives

Each course is estimated to require 10-15 contact hours consisting of pre-work, virtual face to face instruction, and post work. All core courses include 6 hours of virtual instruction provided in two 3-hour sessions.

Core Courses Required for All Certificates

  • Core Function:  Being in Relationship: The life of a Christian is not a solo journey – it includes relationships and working in groups with fellow Christians. This course will focus on the essential skills of emotional intelligence including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and establishing and maintaining positive relationships.
  • Core Function:  Nurturing a Spirit of Creativity: This course will focus on the spiritual concept of creativity, explore easy to implement strategies for nurturing creativity, and demonstrate the link between creativity and the innovation needed for churches to minister in a rapidly changing world.
  • Core Mandate: Equipping and Empowering Disciples: Discipleship is a lifelong process rather than a church program. This course will focus on how we equip disciples and empower them for ministry in today’s world.
  • Core Narrative: Story of God: The Bible tells the story of God’s redemptive activity in human history as a continuous story from Genesis to Revelation.

Required Course Offerings for Children’s Ministry
(Choose 4 course offerings)

  • Children’s Ministry 101: This course is designed for leaders who have major responsibilities related to preschool and children’s educational ministry. Vocational expectations are explored, ministerial gifts are identified, and practical approaches to various tasks are developed.
  • Developing and Sustaining Volunteer Leadership: This course is designed help leaders of churches design a culture that is irresistibly attractive and values volunteers above programs so that together, you accomplish the mission of the church.
  • Developmental Ages and Stages: This course explores how we develop mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually throughout our life, and how each stage shapes how we teach.
  • The Family of God: This course is a historical overview of the family from the 1st Century to the present. It explores how family structures have changes, evaluates the family as redeemed and not broken in God’s Big Story, and develops practical approaches to family ministry.
  • Integrating Children into the Life of the Congregation: How can children lead the way in the ministry they provide to the congregation?  Discussion will focus on strategies for including children in worship, intergenerational activities; and exploring what it means to be a missionary when you are a child in a church.

Elective Course Offerings for Children’s Ministry
(Choose 2 course offerings)

  • Bible Study Basics: This course will explore the basics of developing good Bible study habits, how to curate Biblical study resources, as well as how to engage with these resources on a personal level and for purposes of teaching.
  • Building Faith at Home: This course explores spiritual formation strategies that foster lifetime discipleship, strategies that enable parents to be the primary faith shapers in their home and evaluates family rituals and church celebrations that promote a church and home partnership.
  • Creating Church and Community Partnerships: This course will discuss types of partnerships between churches, schools, and community organizations that expand ministry to children and their families; elements to consider before engaging in a partnership; and strategies for sustaining partnerships.
  • Curating Ministerial Resources: This course will review curriculum and teaching materials offered by various Christian publishing houses as well as sources for online instructional resources.  Class members will practice the process of applying what they have learned about biblical truth, age group characteristics, and learning avenues to the selection of resources and possible adaptations to the materials for their ministry.
  • Inclusive and Supportive Children’s Ministry: This course will include identifying biblical principles for building inclusive churches and ministries; an overview of categories of special needs, and strategies for supporting learning, social, and behavioral needs.
  • Models in Family Ministry:  Effective Family Ministry engages and equip parents to be the primary faith shapers of their children. In this course, students will analyze and evaluate four different models for Family Ministry; consider the model that most closely aligns to their need; and make recommendations for keeping, modifying, or changing the model for their specific context.
  • Techniques for Teaching Children: This interactive course will explore the practical applications of developmental theory, various avenues of learning, and the characteristics and needs of children from kindergarten through the pre-teen years. Students will consider how to apply effective methodologies and organizational and structural guidelines. Prior participation in the Developmental Stages and Ages course is highly recommended.
  • Techniques for Teaching Preschoolers: This interactive course will explore the practical applications of developmental theory, various avenues of learning, and the characteristics and needs of children from birth through the early childhood years. Students will consider how to apply effective methodologies and organizational and structural guidelines to their ministries. Prior participation in the Developmental Stages and Ages course is highly recommended.

Required Course Offerings for Youth Ministry
(Choose 4 course offerings)

  • Developing and Sustaining Volunteer Leadership: This course is designed help leaders of churches design a culture that is irresistibly attractive and values volunteers above programs so that together, you accomplish the mission of the church.
  • The Family of God: This course is a historical overview of the family from the 1st Century to the present. It explores how family structures have changes, evaluates the family as redeemed and not broken in God’s Big Story, and develops practical approaches to family ministry.
  • Guiding Youth to Discover the Bible: This course explores a variety of Bible study methodologies that guide youth on a journey through the Bible to discover God’s revelation themselves and experience the delight of God’s daily guidance.
  • Spiritual Formation of Youth as Global Citizens: Utilizing research from the Search Institute, this course explores the spiritual needs of young people to connect and belong; become aware of their identity and purpose; discover their passion and develop practices which connect them to their family, faith, community and world.
  • Youth Ministry 101: This course will cover basic strategies for developing a balanced approach to youth ministry in the local church; addressing areas such as: models for youth ministry; organizing and implementing an annual calendar and budget; building a team approach to youth ministry; and looking at the ministry of 3rd’s (youth, volunteers, and parents).

Elective Course Offerings for Youth Ministry
(Choose 2 course offerings)

  • Creating Church and Community Partnerships: This course will discuss types of partnerships between churches, schools, and community organizations that expand ministry to children and their families; elements to consider before engaging in a partnership; and strategies for sustaining partnerships.
  • Curating Ministerial Resources: This course will review curriculum and teaching materials offered by various Christian publishing houses as well as sources for online instructional resources.  Class members will practice the process of applying what they have learned about biblical truth, age group characteristics, and learning avenues to the selection of resources and possible adaptations to the materials for their ministry.
  • Developmental Ages and Stages: This course explores how we develop mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually throughout our life, and how each stage shapes how we teach.
  • Facilitating Reconciliation:  This course will explore how the spiritual principles of lamentation, repentance, forgiveness, compassion, and love are necessary to address issues of social justice.
  • Faith Formation in a Technological World: This course will explore trends in technology and their impact on young people, their development, and their faith formation; including strategies for overcoming the challenges technology presents.
  • Fostering Discipleship Through Intergenerational Leadership and Service: Young people represent not only the future leadership of the church, but also have the emerging skills to be active leaders in the church today.  In this course, participants will explore the benefits of creating youth and adult partnerships within the congregation and identify strategies for engaging youth in leadership positions which foster increased engagement of youth within the total life of the church.
  • Group Formation – Building a Caring Community of Youth: Thriving youth groups do not just happen – they are intentionally developed recognizing the 3 stages of group formation.  Participants in this course will explore how activities and games can be intentional tools for creating a dynamic youth group that fosters healthy relationships, respects differences, and fosters teamwork.
  • Ministry to Vulnerable Youth: Increasingly young people struggle in today’s world and as a result experience pain, confusion, and isolation resulting in increased rates of substance abuse, suicide, and violence. In this course explore the complex issues they face and explore the important role of youth leaders to provide caring nurturing support that communicates the unconditional love of God.
  • Models in Family Ministry: Effective Family Ministry engages and equip parents to be the primary faith shapers of their children. In this course, students will analyze and evaluate four different models for Family Ministry; consider the model that most closely aligns to their need; and make recommendations for keeping, modifying, or changing the model for their specific context.

Required Course Offerings for Family Ministry
(Choose 4 course offerings)

  • Developmental Ages and Stages: This course explores how we develop mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually throughout our life, and how each stage shapes how we teach.
  • Building Faith at Home: This course explores spiritual formation strategies that foster lifetime discipleship, strategies that enable parents to be the primary faith shapers in their home and evaluates family rituals and church celebrations that promote a church and home partnership.
  • Family Ministry 101: This interactive course explores practical applications of ministry related to children, birth through college, and their families. Participants will consider their ministerial vision with families, develop a strategy, and consider structures and systems for organizing and implementing their vision.
  • The Family of God: This course is a historical overview of the family from the 1st Century to the present. It explores how family structures have changes, evaluates the family as redeemed and not broken in God’s Big Story, and develops practical approaches to family ministry.
  • Models in Family Ministry:  Effective Family Ministry engages and equip parents to be the primary faith shapers of their children. In this course, students will analyze and evaluate four different models for Family Ministry; consider the model that most closely aligns to their need; and make recommendations for keeping, modifying, or changing the model for their specific context.

Elective Course Offerings for Family Ministry
(Choose 2 course offerings)

  • Bible Study Basics: This course will explore the basics of developing good Bible study habits, how to curate Biblical study resources, as well as how to engage with these resources on a personal level and for purposes of teaching.
  • Creating Church and Community Partnerships: This course will discuss types of partnerships between churches, schools, and community organizations that expand ministry to children and their families; elements to consider before engaging in a partnership; and strategies for sustaining partnerships.
  • Curating Ministerial Resources: This course will review curriculum and teaching materials offered by various Christian publishing houses as well as sources for online instructional resources.  Class members will practice the process of applying what they have learned about biblical truth, age group characteristics, and learning avenues to the selection of resources and possible adaptations to the materials for their ministry.
  • Facilitating Reconciliation:  This course will explore how the spiritual principles of lamentation, repentance, forgiveness, compassion, and love are necessary to address issues of social justice.
  • Faith Formation in a Technological World: This course will explore trends in technology and their impact on young people, their development, and their faith formation; including strategies for overcoming the challenges technology presents.
  • Fostering Discipleship Through Intergenerational Leadership and Service: Young people represent not only the future leadership of the church, but also have the emerging skills to be active leaders in the church today.  In this course, participants will explore the benefits of creating youth and adult partnerships within the congregation and identify strategies for engaging youth in leadership positions which foster increased engagement of youth within the total life of the church.
  • Group Formation – Building a Caring Community of Youth: Thriving youth groups do not just happen – they are intentionally developed recognizing the 3 stages of group formation.  Participants in this course will explore how activities and games can be intentional tools for creating a dynamic youth group that fosters healthy relationships, respects differences, and fosters teamwork.
  • Inclusive and Supportive Children’s Ministry: This course will include identifying biblical principles for building inclusive churches and ministries; an overview of categories of special needs, and strategies for supporting learning, social, and behavioral needs.
  • Ministry to Vulnerable Youth: Increasingly young people struggle in today’s world and as a result experience pain, confusion, and isolation resulting in increased rates of substance abuse, suicide, and violence. In this course explore the complex issues they face and explore the important role of youth leaders to provide caring nurturing support that communicates the unconditional love of God.
  • Techniques for Teaching Children: This interactive course will explore the practical applications of developmental theory, various avenues of learning, and the characteristics and needs of children from kindergarten through the pre-teen years. Students will consider how to apply effective methodologies and organizational and structural guidelines. Prior participation in the Developmental Stages and Ages course is highly recommended.
  • Techniques for Teaching Preschoolers: This interactive course will explore the practical applications of developmental theory, various avenues of learning, and the characteristics and needs of children from birth through the early childhood years. Students will consider how to apply effective methodologies and organizational and structural guidelines to their ministries. Prior participation in the Developmental Stages and Ages course is highly recommended.

Required Course Offerings for Pastoral Leadership
(Choose 4 course offerings – courses marked with an * are required)

  • Bible Study Basics*: This course will explore the basics of developing good Bible study habits, how to curate Biblical study resources, as well as how to engage with these resources on a personal level and for purposes of teaching.
  • The Family of God: This course is a historical overview of the family from the 1st Century to the present. It explores how family structures have changes, evaluates the family as redeemed and not broken in God’s Big Story, and develops practical approaches to family ministry.
  • Leading Change: Change is a constant part of the cultural and church landscape. Leaders must be able to navigate and adapt to the ever-present tides of change. This course will focus on skills needed for leading in the context of change.
  • Pastoral Care*: This course will explore the theological foundation and the practical expression of pastoral care amid a broken and hurting world.
  • Sermon Preparation*: This course focuses on the basic elements and skills necessary for preparing a biblically based sermon and explores the art of sermon delivery.

Elective Course Offerings for Pastoral Leadership
(Choose 2 course offerings)

  • Church and Cultural Contexts: Every church must be aware of its cultural surroundings and trends. When churches are out of touch with culture, they will lose their relevance. This course will explore how church can be rooted in the unchanging Gospel while ministering in a changing world. Course will be especially helpful for any ministry that seek to engage the community.
  • Creating Church and Community Partnerships: This course will discuss types of partnerships between churches, schools, and community organizations that expand ministry to children and their families; elements to consider before engaging in a partnership; and strategies for sustaining partnerships.
  • Curating Ministerial Resources: This course will review curriculum and teaching materials offered by various Christian publishing houses as well as sources for online instructional resources.  Class members will practice the process of applying what they have learned about biblical truth, age group characteristics, and learning avenues to the selection of resources and possible adaptations to the materials for their ministry.
  • Facilitating Reconciliation:  This course will explore how the spiritual principles of lamentation, repentance, forgiveness, compassion, and love are necessary to address issues of social justice.
  • Financial Stewardship: This course will give attention to stewardship as a spiritual practice that impacts the well-being and witness of the church and offer guidance in a creating a budget that reflects the mission of the church. This course will be especially helpful for leaders who manage or have oversight of ministry budgets.
  • Leveraging Conflict: Conflict is a natural part of human relationships. Every church faces the reality of conflict at some level. This course will focus on gaining an understanding of the nature of congregational conflict and how conflict can be leveraged to advance the health and mission of the church.
  • Models in Family Ministry: Effective Family Ministry engages and equip parents to be the primary faith shapers of their children. In this course, students will analyze and evaluate four different models for Family Ministry; consider the model that most closely aligns to their need; and make recommendations for keeping, modifying, or changing the model for their specific context.
  • Ordinances, Rituals, and Ceremonies: Church leaders must give attention to numerous practical matters. This course will focus on the nuts and bolts of an array of issues such as baptisms, communion, ordination, weddings, funerals, worship planning and meetings.
  • Team Building: An essential component of leadership is the ability to build teams and foster a culture of collaboration. This course will explore necessary skills and effective ways in which leaders can invest in team building and through collaboration expand ministry impact. This course will be helpful for ministry leaders who are using or seeking to use team approaches to ministry.

Dual Enrollment Option

CCFOO – Orientation and Formation – Note: This course is taught through the Truett Seminary Online Certificate Program and serves as a dual enrollment course between BGAV and Truett Seminary.  Participants who elect to take this course will receive credit through MEN and credit towards an Advanced Certificate through Truett: The first course in the Truett Seminary Certificate Program is 8 weeks in duration and covers the subject of Spiritual Formation—the basic process by which Christians are formed spiritually. The course includes practices and understandings that can help Christians grow closer to God and live out their faith more vibrantly. In addition, the course teaches skills to help promote success in the Truett Certificate Program. For advanced participants, an optional set of assignments focused on a biblical study of the “Kingdom of God” in Matthew and Luke is available.

Program Costs:

Cost of individual courses: $150 or $250

Cost for full Certificate: $1,900 ‐ $2,500

“At a Glance” AXIS Certificate Offerings

Downloadable Brochures:

AXIS Brochure (PDF)

AXIS Course Diagram (PDF)