“There is a higher purpose for woman, a grander destiny. She should develop and cultivate her powers, for God can employ them in the great work of saving souls from eternal ruin.” —Evangelism, 465

Leadership Certification

Women's leadership training program

The four-level Leadership Certification program has come about because we realize the great need for the women of our church to develop skills that will enable them to serve in positions of leadership.

Developing and cultivating the abilities of women is one task of this department, and one to which we are committed.

This certification program is the joint effort of many women who have given their time and abilities unselfishly. Without them this project would never have been completed and we thank them from our hearts for their input.

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Leadership Certification brochure

The curriculum for this program has been divided into eight subject areas. They are:

  • History and Philosophy (HP)
  • Biblical Studies (BS)
  • People Skills/Personal Growth (PS)
  • Speaking Skills (SS)
  • Leadership Skills (LS)
  • Writing Skills (WS)
  • Nurture Projects (NP)
  • Outreach Projects (OP)

Due to the many subjects covered in the curriculum (about 58 in all) it was decided to divide the program into four levels. Each level contains seminars from each of the eight subject areas of the curriculum.

In order for certification to be awarded, the participant must complete the required courses in a particular level—these are called Core Requirements. In addition to this, the participant must also complete three other seminars of their choice from among the remaining courses, called Electives.

Each level will be implemented at the conference/mission level on a yearly basis. This means, in four years a participant will have completed all four levels and received four certificates. The conference/mission Women's Ministries director will oversee the coursework and certification of each participant. A participant can also choose to go through the seminars on her own without receiving a certificate. 

In the North American Division, you may purchase the USB drive from AdventSource.org for $19.99. It contains all the seminar materials for the four levels. You may also view brand-new video training of the courses in Level One at https://www.nadwm.org/leadership-certification.

We are aware that there are seminars in this course that a participant may have covered before, e.g., Self-Esteem, Discipling New Members, etc. In such cases that course can be omitted and credit will be given.

It is our desire to see women who are called of God for service in these last days empowered to lead. We know that many of you have eagerly awaited this material.

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"There are many . . . offices connected with the cause of God which our sisters are better qualified to fill than our brethren, and in which they might do efficient service." —Welfare Ministry, p. 147