Certificate in Transformational Ministry at the Margins
'Theological education that connects people from the mainstream with people on the margins reveals a gospel that is active and powerful, enabling both groups to discover their vocation and serve together as Christ's body in the world.'
- Bob Ekblad, Co-Founder, Tierra Nueva
Join us for three four-day gatherings designed to encourage and equip you to share a liberating gospel in poor, marginalized, and under-reached communities.
Offered by The People’s Seminary, a learning centre for scripture study and theology, rooted in active ministry in solidarity with our excluded brothers and sisters.
Led by Tierra Nueva founders Bob and Gracie Ekblad in Burlington, Washington. The Ekblads are joined by other Tierra Nueva staff as well as local and international instructors.
What You Can Expect
Community: The course emphasizes mutual support and sharing best practices. Participants journey as a cohort through the one-year program. On site, we eat and study together each day. Between modules, the online community fosters peer relationships.
Inclusive teaching styles: Each module includes lecture, worship, practical reflection, ministry opportunities, and group discussion. There will be recommended reading before each gathering.
Robust curriculum: The course weaves together five key themes related to ministry on the margins:
1. God’s identity and mission—and ours
2. Healing and holistic liberation—biblical foundations and principles
3. Social prophetic mission—justice, advocacy, and peacemaking
4. Word on the street—preparing and leadings transformational Bible studies
5. Practical reflection—how does this work in my life and ministry?
The Certificate is specifically designed for those already serving/pioneering work in (or on behalf of) poor and marginalized communities. It will bring together ‘word’, ‘spirit’ and ‘street’ perspectives in order to encourage and further equip practitioners wanting to live and share a liberating/empowering gospel with those excluded from economic, social, political and cultural mainstreams.