Certificate Futures & Innovation in Christian Education Certificate

Sower Fellowship

Join Christian professionals, experienced instructors, and respected guest experts to uncover practical approaches for furthering the mission and expanding the impact of faithful and effective Christian schools in the future. 

When you join the exclusive Futures & Innovation Sower Fellowship, you will: 

  • Explore new knowledge, strategies, and resources to equip you in responding to the opportunities and challenges of Christian education in today’s world.
  • Connect with like-minded professionals to learn new knowledge and skills in developing a truly distinctive, high-impact, and mission-aligned Christian school. 

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12 credit hours
$340* PER credit hour for Nebraska Residents & Lutheran Educators
4 Courses
32 Weeks Completion TIme

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Program Highlights

WHY CHOOSE CONCORDIA FOR A CERTIFICATE IN Futures and Innovation in christian education?  

With a Sower Fellowship in Futures and Innovation in Christian Education from Concordia University, you can expect to: 

  • Gain inspiration and timely knowledge through connections with various Christian education subject experts and thought leaders.
  • Earn 12 hours of graduate-level credit that is transferable to a full master's degree and applicable to most pay scale advancements. 
  • Develop the strategies, skills, and techniques to enhance your effectiveness as a leader in mission-minded innovation. 
  • Develop a network of educational leaders and learn how you can leverage that network as thought partners, experts, confidants, and mentors. 
  • Learn approaches for responding to the changing culture and context of your school and forge a hopeful path forward amid challenging times. 
  • Equip yourself to be the transformational leader needed to increase the impact of your school or organization. 
  • Re-imagine your school or program to better reach and serve your church, community, and new populations. 
  • Clarify your thoughts and plans about launching a new school or substantial educational program.


Promising Possibilities for the Future of Christian Schools (3 credits)  

In this course, students explore a variety of educational, missional, and financial models in Christian education, with the goal of expanding one’s sense of the possibilities while gaining skill in guiding a school in the process of clarifying a faithful and effective path into the future.   

Designing High-Impact Mission-Minded Christian Schools (3 credits) 

This course focuses upon an exploration of what it means to be a Christian school, what it means to be a faithful Christian school, theological foundations to Christian education, clarifying the audience to which a given school is called and/or best positioned to serve, establishing a plan to best serve that student population, and implementing such a plan. Building upon content from Imagine the Possibilities: Conversations on the Future of Christian Schools, students in this course, will develop new knowledge and skills in developing a truly distinctive, high-impact, and mission-aligned Christian school.  

Opportunities of Christian Education in Contemporary Society (3 credits) 

This course examines the challenges and opportunities of Christian schools in an increasingly post-Christian culture and context. Participants will examine a variety of social and cultural ideals and movements, consider the implications for Christian schools, and explore how to adapt or respond to such cultural changes.   

Leading Mission-Minded Innovation in Christian Education (3 credits) 

This course guides students in developing practical tools, frameworks, and approaches to leading mission-minded innovation in their organization. This includes insights from change management research and innovation studies, all in the service of expanding the impact and furthering the mission of the Christian school. 

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