The center for women's leadership studies

The Center for Women's Leadership Studies is a partnership between Grace Theological Seminary and Women of Grace USA. The purpose of the Center is to provide training for women in an environment that is both academically  challenging and colaboratively interactive. These weekend classes provide women with the opportunity to learn with others in a safe and nurturing   atmosphere. The classes are taught by a team of trained facilitators under the direction of Dr. Christy Hill, professor of Spiritual Formation and Women's Ministries at Grace Seminary.

the details

The Certificates - Earn a certificate in Biblical Foundations and/or Biblical Leadership by completing six Continuing Education Units (CEU) per certificate. Each ten-hour class constitutes one CEU. A bachelor's degree is not required to complete a certificate.


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The Schedule - Friday evening 6-9; Saturday 9-5 (lunch provided)


The Director - Dr. Christy Hill - I studied Christian Education at Wheaton College (B.A.) and Talbot School of Theology (M.A.). My Ph.D. is in Educational Studies from Talbot with an emphasis in character development and spiritual formation. I have served in a number of ministry settings, both in the States and overseas. Before coming to Grace, I was on staff in women’s ministry at the First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton while teaching at Talbot and Biola. My husband Jim and I  like to travel, read books and eat Indian food. 


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certificate in biblical foundations

Below is the list of classes  offered in Biblical Foundations. This certificate is a prerequisite for the Certificate in Biblical Leadership. For upcoming classes and locations, click here.


For information on completing the current Certificate in Women's Leadership Studies, email us.

  • Women in Scripture

    Embrace God’s unique design for females and learn how God uses women to impact others. This class addresses the fuzzy thinking about women in leadership in the church and develops biblical perspectives on the current culture’s messages about women. Course Overview


  • Developing a Biblical Worldview

    This course will help the learner be aware of foundational influences on one’s worldview and the values underneath the surface of our choices. Learners will be exposed to seven important questions of spiritual theology that will provide a framework in developing a biblical perspective and thus mature the believer to be more conformed to the image of Christ. 

  • Principles of Effective Bible Study

    Develop Bible study and interpretation skills for personal study and for use in preparing to teach others. Course Overview

  • Spiritual Formation

    Explore personal development in relationship with God through self awareness and understanding of one’s operant belief system. Develop a philosophy of spiritual growth. Course Overview

  • Basics of Soul Care

    Examine issues related to personal soul care as well as providing soul care to those who are hurting and spiritual direction to those who are in need of focused attention. Course Overview

  • Essentials of Prayer

    Explore the significance of prayer and the reasons God calls His people to pray. Examine the most essential passages on prayer in the Bible. We will discuss  the challenges  of prayer and experience various types of prayer. This class will help you uncover practical ways to make prayer a part of your own walk with God.   

certificate in biblical leadership


  • Biblical Foundations of Leadership

    Develop a philosophy of ministry following the study of the leadership style of Jesus. Be exposed to organization and administration principles of effective leadership. Course Overview

    Prerequisite: Developing a Biblical Perspective

  • Transformational Teaching

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  • Women in Ministry

    Prerequisite: Women in Scripture

  • Facilitating Spiritual Growth in Others

    Prerequisites: Spiritual Formation and Basics of Soul Care

  • Relational Skills in Ministry


  • Equipping Others for Ministry

    Learn how to empower and nurture ministry skills in others. Course Overview

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