Institute track

Zondervan Deacon Certificate

Earn a certificate after completing this track through the BibleMesh Institute

This mini-certificate program provides foundational biblical training to equip Deacons to lead and better know and teach the Scriptures in the context of a local church.

The core competencies for this certificate include:

  • General comprehension of biblical theology
  • Essential Bible interpretation skills
  • Fundamental knowledge of best practices to maximize efficiency
  • Focused understanding of servant leadership skills

Which certificate track is right for you?

Institute Certificate Track

Transfer credits to a partner school

This Deacon Certificate is one of four in the Zondervan Lay-Leader Certificate Series. These mini-certificates are designed with lay-leaders in mind to equip better Deacons, Lay Elders, Sunday School teachers and Small Group Leaders. 

This credit-bearing track is administered through the BibleMesh Institute. Students must apply to the Institute and be accepted before starting the program.


$250 per month (the average completion timeframe is 2-3 months per course)

– Average cost per 3-credit-hr course at an accredited evangelical seminary = $1,800.00
– Average cost per 3-credit-hr course through the BibleMesh Institute = $500.00

Program includes

Self-Study Certificate Track

Study for self-enrichment

Designed with lay leaders, deacons and elders in mind, Self-Study certificate tracks offer the same high-quality courses but without the 1-on-1 academic tutor guidance or ability to transfer credit to an academic institution. You can enroll anytime.


$607.97 one-time payment
(24-month access)

Program includes

Courses in this Track


How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

This course, featuring professors and authors Douglas Stuart and Mark Strauss, covers everything from translation concerns to different genres of biblical writing. 


What Christians Ought to Believe

Bringing together theological commentary, tips for application, and memorable illustrations, the What Christians Ought to Believe course teaches you the basic tenets of the Christian faith using the Apostle’s Creed as the entryway.


What's Best Next

Unique in the approach it presents to maximizing efficiency, this course outlines a God-centered, gospel-oriented perspective that addresses the proper motivation to drive productivity—serving others to the glory of God.


How to Lead When You Are Not in Charge

This course explains what is needed to be a great leader—even when you answer to someone else while instructing leaders on the importance of healthy self-leadership, how to choose positivity and think critically, and why great leaders must reject passivity.

Frequently Asked Questions

First, you need to apply to the BibleMesh Institute by going here. Be sure to select a “Zondervan Certificate” as the program you are interested in. Upon your enrollment in the Institute, we will assign you a qualified academic tutor who will guide you through each course of study.

Students enroll in the BibleMesh Institute on a subscription basis. The monthly cost for each BibleMesh Institute course is $250 per month. The length of time to complete a course varies depending on each student’s situation, but averages 3 months for dedicated students.

To provide the highest quality online learning experience and to meet academic standards, the BibleMesh Institute assigns each student an academic tutor for each course. All of our proctors (academic tutors) are highly qualified in their subject field.

Yes. Each course is provided with month-to-month access to better fit your situation. You may work through and complete a course as your schedule allows, while your academic tutor guides you to ensure competency and mastery of the content. You may take as much time as you wish to complete an individual course or a certificate program.

In order to complete a certificate program, students must complete every course within that program. Some certificates, like the Biblical Languages certificate, do require courses to be completed in a specific sequence. If you need to pause your studies, you can; your progress and grades will not be lost. You can simply renew your monthly course subscription and resume from where you left off.

Yes. Anyone who enrolls as a BibleMesh Institute student and successfully completes required, proctored coursework can earn a certificate.

Upon finishing all the courses in a certificate program, you may apply for and receive a certificate.

When scholarships are available they are initially available to students already studying in the BibleMesh Institute.

Yes. Several partnering colleges and seminaries provide academic pathways using courses and programs offered through the Institute. To see a list of these schools go here.

Credit-bearing courses provided through the BibleMesh Institute are built to accreditation standards. If you would like us to talk with your school about the possibility of accepting transfer credits for BibleMesh Institute courses or programs, please contact us.

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