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Advanced Certification of Local Church Ministry

"Jesus is the hope of the world and the local church is the vehicle of expressing that hope to the world."
— ANDY STANLEY

Local Church Ministry Specialisation

This qualification can only be started once the Certification of Local Church Ministry has been completed.

Academic Level

Diploma/Degree

Duration

9-12 Months

Assessment

Yes. Certificate of Completion

Study Method

Online

Local Church Ministry Enrolment

“Elouise has really learned how to analyse God’s word through interacting with the biblical context and this has led to her gaining a better understanding of the history of the Christian church.”
Elouise Harris with Axx
Elouise Harris
Intern at Victory Church

Advanced Certification of Local Church Ministry Overview

The Advanced Certification of Local Church Ministry qualification is specifically designed to help people prepare to enter into full-time ministry. This qualification allows you to develop real-life ministry training while furthering your leadership skills, biblical and theological knowledge. You will be equipped with the skills needed to lead a local church ministry team.

Graduates of the Advanced Certification of Local Church Ministry will be equipped with the skills they need for a wide range of leadership and ministry roles. Many graduates go into leadership roles, such as associate pastor, youth pastor and worship pastor, where they are using the leadership, biblical and ministry skills they have developed. Others have gone into key ministry roles, where they are primarily using their highly developed ministry, pastoral, creative and administrative gifts to help their church move forward.

Who the Advanced Certification of Local Church Ministry is for

What you will learn

Formation of Self

Jesus. Kingdom. Gospel.

Authentic Leadership

God’s Call Your Response

Emotional Intelligence & Productive Teams

Theology - Ministry in the Spirit

Pastoral Care: Certified

Sermon Design & Delivery

Included Courses

Formation of Self: Certified

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This course is designed to equip students with the skills & knowledge to critically reflect on past personal experience and present core principles, in order to devise a health and wholeness plan for Christian living and continuing personal formation.

Curriculum Covered

  1. Course Description
  2. Formations of Self – Course Introduction
  3. A Transformational Approach to Life
  4. Two Processes: Self Discovery & God Discovery
  5. Spiritual Disciplines – Personal & Corporate
  6. Spiritual Disciplines – Practicalities
  7. 7Retrospective Reflections
  8. Retrospective Analysis
  9. Power of Retrospective Reflection & Analysis – Personal testimony of Grant Buchanan (Part 1)
  10. Introduction to Identity
  11. Building a Healthy Self
  12. Your Personal Identity
  13. Moment of Distinction & Impact on Identity
  14. Values
  15. Christian Values
  16. Personal Values
  17. Events that have impacted my spirituality – Personal testimony of Grant Buchanan (Part 2)
  18. A Personal Mission Statement
  19. Examples of Mission Statements
  20. Moment of Distinction & Impact – Testimony of Adrian Dennian
  21. Your Health & Wholeness
  22. Health & Wholeness Practice
  23. Dealing with Disappointment
  24. Dealing with Failure
  25. Finding Strength in Disappointment – Interview with Tex Houston regarding chronic pain
  26. A Defining Moment Signified by Pain or Joy – Testimony of Bianca Cumin-Groza
  27. It Is NOT About You (Revision)

About your instructor

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Amelia Pickering

Amelia has had a diverse career thus far, one dedicated to working towards building a better world and empowering others to do the same. Over the past 25 years, her passion for leadership, academia and social justice has led her to pioneer an adult literacy and numeracy school for the disadvantaged, assume the role of university VP and run a social enterprise focused on increasing EQ within corporations and NFPs. This, along with her interest and acumen for social impact and investment strategy, has afforded her the opportunity to work with various NPFs in creating holistic frameworks for change and mobilise capital for impact.

Course Reviews

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Knowing and Growing

Rated 5 out of 5
March 28, 2022

Being a student in “Axx Academy 2022” is a blessing. Learning the lessons through innovative methods and having intensive classes are extremely good. My first module was on ‘formation of self’. I learned it through recorded videos, individual and group sessions. I have learned many new things through these sessions. I would be reflecting on few topics which captured my attention and thoughts more. This first module helped me to understand what is spiritual discipline. I have learned that spiritual disciplines are those personal and corporate disciplines that promote spiritual growth. And the next fascinating topic was ‘my identity’. I understood that I have to ‘know myself’, ‘be true to myself’ as our values cannot be determined by our circumstances and our identity is in Christ. After learning about identity, I moved on to the next topic of ‘values’ which is another crucial element in our day to day lives. I have learned about Christian values and personal values. Last Saturday(12.03.2022), we had an opportunity to attend the intensive classes and it helped me to narrow down my values and focus on the lacking areas.
Mission statement, was the next topic which I enjoyed learning. We all know that mission is the focal point in ministry and I understood that the statement should be positive and precise. This session helped me to refine my mission statement.
Coming to the subject of health and wellness, I know a few things about health and wellness. But being a pastor, I have learned that I should be a role model in health too. I have learned that ‘to do something for God successfully I need to be healthy’. The testimonies are amazing, all the testimonies are encouraging us to be in ministry and get rooted in God. After joining this course, my learning speed has improved I became very much interested in this course. I would also want to tell myself and others that I am very much blessed by the course and the teachers.

Simiyon Paranjothi
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Introspection on understanding my Identity

Rated 5 out of 5
March 28, 2022

I want to thank everyone who was involved in the making of this course. Thank you so much for helping us do a self-introspection on our lives and helping us discover how our lives can or have been steered by our values, which translate to our convictions and finally become our lifestyle. I enjoyed seeing how our timelines reflected these changes as it has helped me put into perspective as well as make better sense of some of the decisions I’ve taken which knowingly or unknowingly were a reflection of the values/convictions I held but couldn’t well articulate till now. So thank you very much and God bless you all.

Bright Amedor
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I love this course

Rated 5 out of 5
August 19, 2021

GROW GROW GROW this course will make you GROW

Casey fredericks
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Jesus. Kingdom. Gospel: Certified

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This course gives an overview of the life and ministry of Jesus as described by the four gospel narratives. The aim of the course is to bring an understanding of the cultural and historical environment of the day within its literary setting.

Curriculum Covered

  1. Course Description
  2. Introduction to Course
  3. Concept of Audience
  4. Context of the Internal Narrative Audience (1)
  5. Context of the Internal Narrative Audience (2)
  6. Context of the Internal Narrative Audience (3)
  7. Interpretation
  8. What are the Gospels?
  9. Why Four Different Accounts?
  10. Structure of Gospel Accounts (1)
  11. Structure of Gospel Accounts (2)
  12. Structure of Gospel Accounts (3)
  13. Structure of Gospel Accounts (4)
  14. What is the Gospel? (1)
  15. What is the Gospel? (2)
  16. History of the Birth of Jesus
  17. The Passion Week
  18. Jesus & the Fulfilment of the Old Testament (1)
  19. Jesus & the Fulfilment of the Old Testament (2)
  20. Jesus & the Fulfilment of the Old Testament (3)
  21. Jesus is the Breather of Life
  22. Putting it all Together
  23. What does the Kingdom look like? (Mark)
  24. Abstracting Principles
  25. Application
  26. What Does the Kingdom Look Like? (Matthew & Luke)
  27. What Does the Kingdom Look Like? (John)
  28. Jesus Kingdom Gospel Today?
  29. Jesus’ Commissioning

About your instructor

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Matthew Jarlett

Following the completion of his Bachelor of Arts (Biblical Studies), Matthew assumed the Vocational Education Course Supervisor role with Harvest Bible College.

Course Reviews

4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5
4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 6 reviews)
Excellent83%
Very good17%
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Review for Jesus Kingdom gospel

Rated 5 out of 5
July 1, 2022

I like this module Kingdom gospel, the reason why I like this is, teacher Matt Jarlett takes us through the structure of the gospel, the definition of the gospel, Roman history, and then the concept of God’s kingdom in an orderly manner. it is so interesting to learn new things and the insights from the word of God. Every teaching session has something new that I have never learned. It is a great blessing. I appreciate Matt Jarlett’s teaching skills. Altogether it is a very good subject. Thank you.

Simiyon Paranjothi
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Rated 5 out of 5
July 1, 2022

I like this module Kingdom gospel, the reason why I like this is, teacher Matt Jarlett takes us through the structure of the gospel, the definition of the gospel, Roman history, and then the concept of God’s kingdom in an orderly manner. it is so interesting to learn new things and the insights from the word of God. Every teaching session has something new that I have never learned. It is a great blessing. I appreciate Matt Jarlett’s teaching skills. Altogether it is a very good subject. Thank you.

Simiyon Paranjothi
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This was a good and great teaching of the word of God

Rated 5 out of 5
May 26, 2022

Praise God l thank God for everything you have done for me God bless you my testimony is that my life will never be the same again for everything you have help me with

Samuel Wango
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Jesus. Kingdom .Gospel

Rated 4 out of 5
April 13, 2022

It is by the grace of God that I have to complete this course. Very, very poor internet connection in my country Cameroon. Really, the course has broadened my knowledge on the approach of the gospel with respect to the four gospel writers – Matthew, Mark ,Luke and John. This knowledge will help me preaching and teachings to win souls for Jesus.
To God be the glory.

Pastor EBOT Constantine Bessong
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Impactful Study

Rated 5 out of 5
January 20, 2022

This is another worthwhile study for me. The issues of the Kingdom couldn’t be more explained. I am now more knowledgeable about the nature of the Kingdom of God and the Messiah.
Thank you Axx!

Eton Ekanem
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Blew my mind with the indepth information to learn

Rated 5 out of 5
August 19, 2021

I learnt so much from this and was a real eye opener. Thank you for providing this awesome course

Casey fredericks
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Authentic Leadership: Certified

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This course is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to lead others effectively in a manner that is shaped by a Christian understanding of leadership.

Curriculum Covered

  1. Course Description
  2. Introduction to Authentic Leadership
  3. Introduction to Leadership
  4. Christian Leadership
  5. Mission & Vision
  6. Values
  7. Organisational Behaviour
  8. Preparing a Vision Document
  9. Motivation & Inspiring Others
  10. Credibility & Earning Trust
  11. Communication & Obtaining Favour
  12. Recruitment
  13. Building a Team
  14. Evaluation of Performance
  15. Morale
  16. Making Decisions
  17. Leading Change
  18. Dealing with Conflict
  19. Dealing with Criticism
  20. The Leader’s Character
  21. Inner Challenges of a Leader
  22. Flexible Leadership
  23. Critical Thinking & Learning from Experience
  24. Critical Thinking & Evaluating Yourself
  25. Sustainable Leadership

About your instructor

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Pastor Andrew Groza

Andrew is an experienced Pastor with a demonstrated history of working in the e-learning industry. Skilled in non-profit organizations, E-Learning, coaching, organizational development, and instructional design. Andrew holds a Master of Arts in Ministry from Harvest Bible College.

Course Reviews

4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5
4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 40 reviews)
Excellent85%
Very good13%
Average2%
Poor0%
Terrible0%

Leadership

Rated 5 out of 5
July 11, 2022

I have learned about leadership

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Authentic leadership

Rated 5 out of 5
July 4, 2022

I have really learned alot from this program

Febias Kunda
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Enlighten

Rated 5 out of 5
June 14, 2022

This section has given me much light, on practical leadership. Am so grateful

ISAAC KUMWENDA
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From Leadership comes direction

Rated 5 out of 5
June 6, 2022

One can be a pastor or an elder but he might not be a leader.
A leader brings direction and they are strong in their leadership. If you have to be a leader, you have to learn. Leadership has principles. And if its principle is violated or abused, problem will arise in the Church. When we talk about leadership, there are three essential leadership qualities we all must have.
A leader must carry:
-Responsibility
-Authority
-Accountability.
If you live out these qualities, it is going to create a weakness in your leadership or weakness in the Church.
The leader is responsible for whatever happens in the Church.
-Many Churches never grow simply because the leader does not have authority to actually lead the church forward. So we need to have authority to make decisions, choices to move the Church forward. We should not delegate that to someone else, it shoild be the leader that should have that authority.
-As a leader, you are accountable for everything. Accountable when things go right and wrong. You are accountable when it is time to celebrate because God has done some good things but if things are not going so well you are accountable, we have to look at where are we going next?
-As a leader, what are you going to be doing?
-What changes needed to be made for the Church to progress forward?
*How do you govern your Church?
-Is it Autocracy,or Beaucracy or Democracy or Theocracy?
We must know that God is in Charge and he is the Leader of our Churches. Let’s allow the Leasder to lead us (That is Theocracy).
-“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice..” (Proverbs 29:2).

Sama Mansaray
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Leadership

Rated 5 out of 5
June 6, 2022

This has changed my personality and understanding who am in ministry

Josiah Njoroge
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Authentic Leadership

Rated 5 out of 5
June 3, 2022

It’s been floating around since the 1960s but jumped into the limelight in 2003 when Bill George published his book Authentic Leadership.
Despite its stately age, authentic leadership as a leadership style is still in its theological adolescence. Researchers are beginning to converge on points of agreement. But there are still different definitions floating around. So, if you are a bit confused, you are in good company — even the scientists aren’t in agreement!
A widely quoted authentic leadership definition describes it as follows:
“Authentic leadership is a style of leadership that focuses on transparent and ethical leader behavior and encourages open sharing of information needed to make decisions while accepting followers’ inputs.”
The experts seem to agree that authentic leadership is about being you and making room for others, too. It includes a healthy dose of common sense and some ethics thrown in for good measure.
So, unfortunately for some, the arrogant bulldozer approach doesn’t quite cut the authentic-leadership mustard.
It’s been floating around since the 1960s but jumped into the limelight in 2003 when Bill George published his book Authentic Leadership.
Despite its stately age, authentic leadership as a leadership style is still in its theological adolescence. Researchers are beginning to converge on points of agreement. But there are still different definitions floating around. So, if you are a bit confused, you are in good company — even the scientists aren’t in agreement!
A widely quoted authentic leadership definition describes it as follows:
“Authentic leadership is a style of leadership that focuses on transparent and ethical leader behavior and encourages open sharing of information needed to make decisions while accepting followers’ inputs.”
The experts seem to agree that authentic leadership is about being you and making room for others, too. It includes a healthy dose of common sense and some ethics thrown in for good measure.
So, unfortunately for some, the arrogant bulldozer approach doesn’t quite cut the authentic-leadership mustard.

JIMO MALIYN FONKIKA
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God’s Call Your Response: Certified

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This course is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to investigate and integrate biblical principles of the call of God for ministry into a personal ministry development strategy.

Curriculum Covered

  1. Course Description
  2. Introduction to the Course
  3. What is a Call?
  4. Defining Ministry
  5. Understanding Mission
  6. General & Specific Call
  7. Obedience
  8. Unique Aspects of Ministry (Interview)
  9. Reclaiming the Discipleship Call
  10. Allowing Scripture to Define & Direct
  11. Historical Look at Ministry
  12. Church-Based Ministry
  13. Marketplace Ministry
  14. Community-Based Ministry
  15. Platforms for the Call
  16. OT Example: Nehemiah
  17. NT Example: Peter
  18. Unusual Callings
  19. The Ministry Zone (Part 1)
  20. The Ministry Zone (Part 2)
  21. The Ministry Zone (Part 3)
  22. The Ministry Zone (Part 4)
  23. Hearing the Voice of God
  24. Recognising the Voice of God
  25. How to Hear the Voice of God
  26. Processing Moments of Call
  27. Gifts & Calling
  28. Involving & Aligning
  29. A Kingdom Perspective
  30. Called to Go

About your instructor

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Dr Brendan Roach

Founder and CEO of Axx. Dr Brendan Roach has been involved in the professional development and training of pastors and leaders globally for over 25 years. His Biblical expertise is Biblical Archaeology, Leadership Development, First Century History and the Call to Ministry.

Regan Perry

Regan Perry

Regan firmly believes that you never stop learning and enjoys creating pathways for others to discover their full potential. He has lead & served on church staff, coordinating teams & interns, and overseen ministry programs and campus facilities.

Course Reviews

4.9
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4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 195 reviews)
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Awesome course

Rated 5 out of 5
July 11, 2022

That was a powerful and enlightening course.

CM
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Call of God

Rated 5 out of 5
July 11, 2022

I now know, what is it to be called by God

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The great agenda of God

Rated 5 out of 5
July 11, 2022

I dearly thank God for such opportunity as this, to learn and be inspired. Am greatful for all my teachers who God have used to be a blessing to me. May God continue to bless the Axx fraternity in all aspects.

Bonface Simiyu otwane
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The great agenda of God

Rated 5 out of 5
July 11, 2022

I dearly thank God for such opportunity as this, to learn and be inspired. Am greatful to all my teachers who God used to be a blessing to me. May God bless the Axx fraternity in all aspects.

Bonface Simiyu otwane
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CALL AND RESPOND

Rated 5 out of 5
July 11, 2022

I HAVE GOT MUCH UNDERSTANDING ABOUT MY CALL OF GOD AND HOW TO RESPOND TO THAT CALL.

keleotetswe madibela
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Disconnecting from God

Rated 5 out of 5
July 11, 2022

Through this session i have realised that i disconnected from God. I have been doing everything without aligning and involving God. From now onwards i go back to the old times when I use to involve God in everything. Thank you so much

Dalitso Misinde Mhura
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Authentic Leadership: Certified

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This course is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to lead others effectively in a manner that is shaped by a Christian understanding of leadership.

Curriculum Covered

  1. Course Description
  2. Introduction to Authentic Leadership
  3. Introduction to Leadership
  4. Christian Leadership
  5. Mission & Vision
  6. Values
  7. Organisational Behaviour
  8. Preparing a Vision Document
  9. Motivation & Inspiring Others
  10. Credibility & Earning Trust
  11. Communication & Obtaining Favour
  12. Recruitment
  13. Building a Team
  14. Evaluation of Performance
  15. Morale
  16. Making Decisions
  17. Leading Change
  18. Dealing with Conflict
  19. Dealing with Criticism
  20. The Leader’s Character
  21. Inner Challenges of a Leader
  22. Flexible Leadership
  23. Critical Thinking & Learning from Experience
  24. Critical Thinking & Evaluating Yourself
  25. Sustainable Leadership

About your instructor

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Pastor Andrew Groza

Andrew is an experienced Pastor with a demonstrated history of working in the e-learning industry. Skilled in non-profit organizations, E-Learning, coaching, organizational development, and instructional design. Andrew holds a Master of Arts in Ministry from Harvest Bible College.

Course Reviews

4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5
4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 40 reviews)
Excellent85%
Very good13%
Average2%
Poor0%
Terrible0%

Leadership

Rated 5 out of 5
July 11, 2022

I have learned about leadership

G
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Authentic leadership

Rated 5 out of 5
July 4, 2022

I have really learned alot from this program

Febias Kunda
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Enlighten

Rated 5 out of 5
June 14, 2022

This section has given me much light, on practical leadership. Am so grateful

ISAAC KUMWENDA
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From Leadership comes direction

Rated 5 out of 5
June 6, 2022

One can be a pastor or an elder but he might not be a leader.
A leader brings direction and they are strong in their leadership. If you have to be a leader, you have to learn. Leadership has principles. And if its principle is violated or abused, problem will arise in the Church. When we talk about leadership, there are three essential leadership qualities we all must have.
A leader must carry:
-Responsibility
-Authority
-Accountability.
If you live out these qualities, it is going to create a weakness in your leadership or weakness in the Church.
The leader is responsible for whatever happens in the Church.
-Many Churches never grow simply because the leader does not have authority to actually lead the church forward. So we need to have authority to make decisions, choices to move the Church forward. We should not delegate that to someone else, it shoild be the leader that should have that authority.
-As a leader, you are accountable for everything. Accountable when things go right and wrong. You are accountable when it is time to celebrate because God has done some good things but if things are not going so well you are accountable, we have to look at where are we going next?
-As a leader, what are you going to be doing?
-What changes needed to be made for the Church to progress forward?
*How do you govern your Church?
-Is it Autocracy,or Beaucracy or Democracy or Theocracy?
We must know that God is in Charge and he is the Leader of our Churches. Let’s allow the Leasder to lead us (That is Theocracy).
-“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice..” (Proverbs 29:2).

Sama Mansaray
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Leadership

Rated 5 out of 5
June 6, 2022

This has changed my personality and understanding who am in ministry

Josiah Njoroge
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Authentic Leadership

Rated 5 out of 5
June 3, 2022

It’s been floating around since the 1960s but jumped into the limelight in 2003 when Bill George published his book Authentic Leadership.
Despite its stately age, authentic leadership as a leadership style is still in its theological adolescence. Researchers are beginning to converge on points of agreement. But there are still different definitions floating around. So, if you are a bit confused, you are in good company — even the scientists aren’t in agreement!
A widely quoted authentic leadership definition describes it as follows:
“Authentic leadership is a style of leadership that focuses on transparent and ethical leader behavior and encourages open sharing of information needed to make decisions while accepting followers’ inputs.”
The experts seem to agree that authentic leadership is about being you and making room for others, too. It includes a healthy dose of common sense and some ethics thrown in for good measure.
So, unfortunately for some, the arrogant bulldozer approach doesn’t quite cut the authentic-leadership mustard.
It’s been floating around since the 1960s but jumped into the limelight in 2003 when Bill George published his book Authentic Leadership.
Despite its stately age, authentic leadership as a leadership style is still in its theological adolescence. Researchers are beginning to converge on points of agreement. But there are still different definitions floating around. So, if you are a bit confused, you are in good company — even the scientists aren’t in agreement!
A widely quoted authentic leadership definition describes it as follows:
“Authentic leadership is a style of leadership that focuses on transparent and ethical leader behavior and encourages open sharing of information needed to make decisions while accepting followers’ inputs.”
The experts seem to agree that authentic leadership is about being you and making room for others, too. It includes a healthy dose of common sense and some ethics thrown in for good measure.
So, unfortunately for some, the arrogant bulldozer approach doesn’t quite cut the authentic-leadership mustard.

JIMO MALIYN FONKIKA
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Theology - Ministry in the Spirit: Certified

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The lessons in this series are presented by a number of experienced ministry leaders, with the emphasis on the Holy Spirit – who He is, and what He loves to do through believers, particularly in the area of Spirit empowered outreach.

Curriculum Covered

  1. Course Description
  2. Introduction to Course
  3. The Spirit the Life-Giver
  4. The Person of the Holy Spirit
  5. Holy Spirit Baptism
  6. Relating to the Holy Spirit
  7. The Work of the Spirit
  8. Community of the Spirit
  9. The Gifts of the Spirit
  10. Experiences of the Holy Spirit at Work
  11. The Fruit of the Spirit (1)
  12. The Fruit of the Spirit (2)
  13. Jesus & Ministry of the Holy Spirit
  14. What Does Ministry in the Spirit Look Like?
  15. When Prayer Doesn’t Work
  16. Evangelism in the Gospel: Jesus
  17. Evangelism with Paul & the Apostles
  18. The Breath of the Gospel
  19. Different Approaches to Evangelism
  20. Sharing Your Testimony
  21. The Missional Discussion
  22. Talking to Non-Christians
  23. Spirit Led Ministry
  24. Discipleship & Follow Up
  25. Following People Up
  26. Developing an Understanding of the History of the Holy Spirit

About your instructor

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Tex Houston

Tex (Gary) became a successful pub musician in 1980’s, from there began working with large church & community organisations in media and music production. He has travelled to many places in the world, usually with a video camera and tripod, either doing documentaries on Australians working in other lands, or filming his own works on Anzac history in the First World War. In addition to being an avid steam engine enthusiast with YouTube channel ‘symphony of steam’, Tex is an authority on Christian worship.

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Matthew Jarlett

Following the completion of his Bachelor of Arts (Biblical Studies), Matthew assumed the Vocational Education Course Supervisor role with Harvest Bible College.

Course reviews

4.9
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4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 40 reviews)
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Very good8%
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Wow, an enrinching experience under the stewardship of spirit-filled experts...

Rated 5 out of 5
July 5, 2022

Now, this part, Ministry in the spirit was the icing on the cake. Very detailed sessions, with a lot of practical examples, delivered by men and women of God. Thank you. Thank you.

P.K.
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Spirit filled

Rated 5 out of 5
May 19, 2022

Being a christian for a number of years now but wanting more , more knowledge and more of the insight of talking in toughs and healing. This year since my accident and now in a wheel chair. I ask God to let me run a bible class within the retirement village where I live. Nothing out of the ordinary just reading scripture. The administrators here said yes. So i commenced with one currently over six weeks now I have 5 people. We read , we pray . I ask God for more knowledge .This is why i enrolled in AXX. Your course curriculum is outstanding.Amen.

Gregory Rayment-Sang
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This was a good and great teaching of the word of God

Rated 5 out of 5
May 19, 2022

Praise God thanks so much for the teaching of the word of God My testimony is that my life will never be the same again

Samuel wango
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Spiritual

Rated 5 out of 5
May 19, 2022

Have shared with another Christian who suggested to run a get to know the bible. I’ve taken a step in faith sharing once a week to group of five . Praise the lord.

GREGORY Rayment-Sang
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Gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit

Rated 5 out of 5
February 23, 2022

Excellent well explained Jeremy

Tsungai Chigondo
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Theology- Ministry in the Spirit

Rated 5 out of 5
February 3, 2022

The course has been very thrilling and inspiring. I have acquired an understanding of the holy spirit as to when to demonstrate the gifts and the fruit of the spirit.
I have got a more/significant insight of the holy spirit with respect to ministry and church planting . To God be the glory.

Ebot Constantine Bessong
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Emotional Intelligence & Productive Teams: Certified

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This course is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to integrate concepts of self awareness and understanding with the skills required to work effectively with others in a workplace or ministry context.

Curriculum Covered

  1. Introduction to Course 
  2. Theory of Emotional Intelligence 
  3. Application of Emotional Intelligence 
  4. Biblical & Theological Foundations of E.I. 
  5. Biblical & Theological Foundations of Teams 
  6. Understanding Yourself & Understanding Others 
  7. Temperaments & DISC 
  8. DISC & Temperaments – Weaknesses 
  9. DISC & Temperaments – Strengths 
  10. Dysfunction & what it looks like 
  11. Maintaining Relational Health 
  12. You as the Team Player 
  13. Introduction to Productive Teams 
  14. Qualities for an Effective Team 
  15. Values & Care within a Team 
  16. Unity & Goals within a Team 
  17. Communication & Teams 
  18. Collaboration 
  19. Chemistry 
  20. Celebrations 
  21. Why Teams Fail 
  22. When things go wrong 
  23. Review of Course 
  24. Driving Forward 

About your instructor

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Pastor Andrew Groza

Andrew is an experienced Pastor with a demonstrated history of working in the e-learning industry. Skilled in non-profit organizations, E-Learning, coaching, organizational development, and instructional design. Andrew holds a Master of Arts in Ministry from Harvest Bible College.

Course Reviews

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This was a good and great teaching of the word of God

Rated 5 out of 5
May 26, 2022

Praise God l thank God for everything you have help me with the Lord bless you my testimony is that my life will never be the same again

Samuel Wango
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Educating and Revealing

Rated 5 out of 5
January 24, 2022

This was another great unit in the whole of this course. I am indeed grateful for the knowledge and skills I have developed through the benevolence and good works of Acc

Eton Ekanem
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Emotional intelligence and productive teams

Rated 5 out of 5
December 3, 2021

The course is very interesting as , as a team leader I know have an idea of my personality profile. I have acquired enough knowledge required work with any team; in particular on how to respond to emotions and manage anger. Thanks to Andrew Groza and his colleagues. To God be the glory.

Ebot Constantine Bessong
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The teachers and contents of the program

Rated 4 out of 5
October 7, 2021

I found this course very comprehensive and helpful. In particular the emotional intelligence part was very knew to me. I feel I got too much helpful teachings through this course. I have taken alot of notes that I will get back to. I found the teachers very clear and systematic in the ways they were delivering the content.
One little thing I struggled was sometimes the amount of information was abit too much in each clip.
I do thank the team who provided these wonderful teachings.

Rozita kennedy
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2 words...DO IT!

Rated 5 out of 5
July 29, 2021

This is another awesome course, filled to the brim with things that everyone needs to know and put in place not just in your ministry but in every day life.

Casey fredericks
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This course was well done

Rated 5 out of 5
February 12, 2021

This course was well done

Witson Phiri
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Pastoral Care: Certified

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This course will equip individuals to care for people pastorally, providing them with tools and teaching them to work within good pastoral care systems.

Curriculum Covered

  1. What is Pastoral Care?  
  2. Biblical & Historical Perspectives  
  3. The Gift & the Role  
  4. Discipleship vs Pastoral Care  
  5. Pastoral Care in the Church  
  6. Pastoral Care in the Community  
  7. Pastoral Care Skills  
  8. Systems  
  9. Legislation  
  10.  Confidentiality  
  11.  Records  
  12.  Referrals  
  13.  Team-based Pastoral Care  
  14.  Understanding Others – Uniquely Created  
  15.  Understanding Others -Worldview  
  16.  Strengths Finder  
  17.  Spiritual Gifts  
  18.  Self-Care  
  19.  Boundaries  
  20.  Relationship Health  
  21.  Communication  
  22.  Conflict  
  23.  Solutions Focused  
  24.  Social Media  
  25.  Crisis Care  
  26.  Practical PC Meetings  
  27.  Millennials 

About your instructor

Regan Perry

Regan Perry

Regan firmly believes that you never stop learning and enjoys creating pathways for others to discover their full potential. He has lead & served on church staff, coordinating teams & interns, and overseen ministry programs and campus facilities.

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Pastoral Care

Rated 5 out of 5
May 2, 2022

I have learnt a lot about Pastoral Care in this course that I did not know before. The task of Pastoral Care is to help people re-frame their lives, in the light of God’s story for the sake of greater freedom and responsibility, the stories we tell whether humorous or divine, mythic or parabolic, order experience, construct meaning and build community. I really love this quote by Herbert Anderson, and I feel it sums up what Pastoral Care truly is. I found it interesting that Pastoral Care backdates to the old testimant. I was told within my church environment that a Pastor is a function, but its more than just being a function in a church, it is a role and a gift. We should be equipping, building up, unifying and maturing our groups and the congregation in the church that we oversee. The gift of a Pastor is a special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to assume a long term personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers. I have learnt that oversight, authority and responsibility comes with the role of Pastoral Care. Pastoral Care within the church always focuses on people, their health, growth, maturity and relationship with God. Our attitude should be compassion, compassion is a response to seeing a need and inner compulsion of care and concern that motivates us to render assistance when we see the suffering of others. Within Pastoral Care it is fundamental to have people skills, be able to understand who they are as well as help them understand who God created them to be, and understand their needs and what is required of them to reach their full potential.
From my experience versus what I have learnt in this course are completely different. I had no idea about the legislation side of things or the to mandatory reporting and the record keeping principles. Communication skills and understanding a persons characteristics in Pastoral Care is vitally important.

Jean-Pierre Fotinidis
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Greatest Gift of God is Love-1 Corintians 13

Rated 5 out of 5
March 28, 2022

I am pleased to have completed this course without any time restrictions. I have come in contact with so many hurting people and all they want is someone to listen to their challenges in life. Words of hope and love given to them gives them comfort. I have realised that God has given me the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.. I wanted to extend my knowledge in the role as a pastoral care which led me to enroll in this course.
All the sessions in this course gave me a wide knowledge and deeper understanding in the role and responsibility of pastoral care. Now, I am ready to step out and get involved in this ministry.
The love of God can be shared by listening, encouraging, praying for one another, generosity and act of kindness

Glory David
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Confirmation and refreshing

Rated 5 out of 5
January 24, 2022

I have found this course to be both a source of confirmation as to how I work as part of the leadership team in our church and also refreshing in the information provided.
The couse content was thorough, succinct, relevant and scriptural based.
The delivery of the material was easy to navigate and beneficial to be self paced.
Thankyou team.
I have been refreshed and reinspired for the work of being in Pastoral Care within my many church roles and responsibilities.
God bless you all.

Rose Evenhuis
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Pastoral care

Rated 5 out of 5
January 4, 2022

Many years ago pastoral training wasn’t as relevantly based as this , each section has offered new learning , it’s helped me to evaluate how to bring change to pastoral care, in my church and community. Many issues today to relate to are COVID based so providing life skills answers are key to sharing Gods love in the community where we live , in his church through the generations .

Tina Sampson-Smith
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Pastoral care

Rated 5 out of 5
January 4, 2022

This course really moved me and has empowered me to move forward in stewardship. I now know how to determine the needs and opportunities of the people I am shepherding, and to increase their overall health.
I am now knowledgeable in the administrative systems and essential tools which are needed to support Pastoral Care practices within the church and the community.
Thanks to axx ministry ,the Harvest Bible college and Regan Perry et team for their brilliant lectures and exposées .
I give God all the glory.

Ebot Constantine Bessong
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Hope never disappointed

Rated 5 out of 5
October 14, 2021

I had a car accident 1999, at that moment I decided to follow the path of Jesus by helping others to know how God is good. He wants that all of us to be saved and worshiping together as one family. At the moment of the accident it was like a dream and was in a middle of a prayer group me my sister use to go and I was definite aware of that call. God need me. Over the years people come to me asking advice, help. And I try to do the more I can. And now I want to help them in a professional way, even though I had some courses about counciling but I realize it is something we need to update every moment. Because so many new things come and knock our doors, so much estranged thing touch people. We definitely need educate ourselves to help as much we can.

Reynold Brevil
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Sermon Delivery & Design: Certified

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This course is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to understand the basics of communication theory and to use those, along with solid biblical exegesis to develop and deliver a sermon within a ministry context.

Curriculum Covered

  1. Course Description
  2. Introduction to Preaching
  3. What is Preaching?
  4. Preaching Foundations
  5. Understanding the Text: Exegesis
  6. Hermeneutics: Understanding the World
  7. Ethics of Communication
  8. Types of Sermons
  9. Story, Illustration & Metaphor
  10. Preparation
  11. Structure & Flow
  12. ‘Grabbing People by the Ears’
  13. Sermon Application
  14. Sermon Conclusion
  15. From Design to Delivery
  16. Verbal & Non-Verbal Communication
  17. Taking Your Audience Seriously
  18. Establishing Rapport
  19. Sermon Notes
  20. Story & Imagination
  21. Using Our Voice Well
  22. Body Language
  23. Audience Engagement
  24. Creative Presentations
  25. Personality & Style
  26. Dealing with Anxiety
  27. Sermon Evaluation
  28. Wisdom from our Mistakes
  29. Difficult Topics
  30. Preaching & the Future

About your instructor

Pastor Andrew Groza with Axx

Pastor Andrew Groza

Andrew is an experienced Pastor with a demonstrated history of working in the e-learning industry. Skilled in non-profit organizations, E-Learning, coaching, organizational development, and instructional design. Andrew holds a Master of Arts in Ministry from Harvest Bible College.

Course Reviews

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Sermon Design and Delivery

Rated 5 out of 5
July 14, 2022

Sermon Design and Delivery takes you through the journey of learning to understand and apply the necessary skills for writing and preaching a great sermon. I have learned so much and will put this knowledge into practice. This course has been very enlightening and it will help me to write and preach better sermons. I am so thankful.

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Sermon Design and Delivery

Rated 5 out of 5
July 11, 2022

Shalom, thank you very much for the good work you doing not only to us but for the Glory of God, because I believe it’s one way you are spreading the word of God to the world as your share it to us through the learning.
This is always a blessing to me, each topic we do I really enjoy and get eyes open in many things some of which I thought I knew. I was touched by the part where we talked about gestures and body language, because in most cases we as preachers we tend to forget that when we preach, we are not only communicating with the voice but the gestures, movements we are saying…and if we are not careful, we find that we talking about to different things and leading the church to sometimes misunderstand the message of the day. Also, the importance of establishing a rapport with the church, which makes the church want to listen to what you are saying. Sermon preparation needs preparation and continuous prayer it is not just a wake up and preach thing because it is not about us but about God speaking to His people.
Thank you so much Ministry of Axx (ACTS), we are really blessed

Apostle Simphiwe Garth Mahlalela
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MY LOVE FOR PREACHING

Rated 5 out of 5
July 11, 2022

First I thank my lectures John Bergmann and Andrew Groza for taking me through this unit, I have enjoyed the training and I have highly grown spiritually and learnt alot and as a pastor and a preacher I have realised why sometimes I fail on what I do. Thanks Axx bible college and the entire team, I find myself loving preaching more now from what I have learnt , the preaching foundation, challenges of preaching, understanding the text, applying the text, the types of sermons, Sermons preparation, structure and flow of the sermon, I never new there is importance in introduction, creating a solid introduction, the Application here I have learnt how to create a solid Application, the Sermon conclusion, I have learnt how my sermon can end well, I have learnt how to Craft a solid conclusion, I have learnt more on verbal communication, how I can take my audience seriously, I have known the power is a story, even though I have been preaching I haven’t known how I can use my Voice well, through this unit I have learnt and I have started practicing my voice, I have learnt the importance of Body language and engaging my audience, Finally I have learnt Wisdom from my mistakes, hear I have learnt the preaching logistics, the technology, I have learnt more on keeping time, whaaaaaau it was amazing, this unit has helped me and now I know how to carry myself, what I need to do and the questions I need to ask when am going to preach outside my congregation, not forgetting what I have learnt on Difficult topics and how I can deal with fallout that is likely to occur after tackling such topics, God bless Axx Bible college God bless the entire management and the whole team who made this possible in Jesus name

DANIEL OWINO OTIENO
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Review / Testimonies

Rated 5 out of 5
July 11, 2022

The Axx Ministry,
I have always enjoyed taking Select Learning online courses. I find that the courses are always properly paced for the a Ministering learner (who has other responsibilities in our race, life other than being a student!). Challenging enough without being overwhelming. And always stimulating. I have also appreciated the variety of courses offered.
You haven’t seen the end of me yet! I would like to continue to use Select Learning courses for future Ministry, School Sermons classes. I will keep checking for relevant courses as the years progress.
Thank you for being there for us. God bless you all.
Perspectfully Yours,
– Abraham Deniyi ANIMASAUN

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Sermon

Rated 5 out of 5
July 11, 2022

I have learned how to deliver a sermon

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Sermon design and delivery

Rated 5 out of 5
July 11, 2022

This course really upon my eyes in how to go about when preparing a sermon to deliver effectively.

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Advanced Certification of Local Church Ministry Snapshot

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Advanced Certification of Local Church Ministry Requirements

All assessment tasks must be completed to be certified

  • Learners are required to complete all video lessons
  • Each lesson has a short multiple choice quiz
  • There are no essays to be written in this qualification