Church Education Initiative

Regent University School of Divinity's Church Education Initiative (CEI) is an expression of our commitment to partner with the local church to train emerging ministry leaders for effective service in their local church and community. In keeping with Regent University’s mission to produce Christian leaders to change the world, CEI is designed to provide quality theological training in a local church setting.

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CEI is designed to equip and mature emerging leaders for service in their local church. We do so in partnership with the local church by providing custom-designed curriculum that helps students:

  • Grow in knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures.
  • Sharpen critical ministry skills.
  • Discover and understand their unique calling and destiny.
  • Accelerate their spiritual and intellectual growth.

Our program is designed to function in partnership with the local church and its senior leadership. We do not accept applications from individuals at large, but rather only from individuals within our partner churches who have been approved for study by their senior church leadership. CEI only forms partnerships with local churches, and the senior leadership of those churches determines who will be enrolled in our classes. Curriculum is built and custom designed in consultation with senior leadership of partner churches to specifically address the unique equipping needs of that particular ministry. Learning experiences consist of eight-week classes delivered by the latest online technology and by professors with the finest academic credentials and highest levels of experience in ministry available in education today.

We welcome inquiries from senior church leaders interested in exploring church partnerships with CEI.

Mark Batterson, D.Min. '12

Mark Batterson, D.Min. '12

Lead Pastor, National Community Church

"It was the beginning stages of the D.Min. program that really helped define my leadership gift and lay a foundation for what the Lord has done. It gave me the practical tools that I needed."
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