Where you need it,
when you need it.

Ministry never stops and the need for the gospel never ends. This is why IBSA’s Equip Online Training is designed to train you as a leader right where you live and serve. There are two types of courses available for you and your church: 

Ministry certificate courses are individualized, facilitator-led, fully online, and highly interactive. Each class is designed to deliver challenging, relevant teaching with a focus on practical application for ministry. These courses can also be taken without being in a certificate program. The cost for these courses is $25 for IBSA-affiliated church members.

Team Training Courses are designed for helping to equip teams with needed leadership skills for ministry. The cost for these courses is free for IBSA-affiliated church members.


— Frequently asked questions about Equip Online courses: FAQ

— Click here if you are enrolled in a course and need to log in. 


Earn a Certificate in Ministry in the following areas:

Christian Ministry (6 courses)
Deacon Ministry (6 courses)
Pastoral Leadership (8 courses)
Women’s Ministry (6 courses)

Certificates can take as little as 8 months to complete, depending on how many courses you take per term.
There is no extra cost to participate beyond the course fee of $25 per course for IBSA-affiliated church members.

Click here to apply for the certificate program 

More questions? Contact LindaDarden@ibsa.org


Upcoming Courses

August 8 – October 2 (Registration Now Open):

Coach Approach

Facilitator: Carmen HalseyRegister Here

Spiritual Leadership

Facilitator: Jennifer SmithRegister Here

Writing Workshop (more info)

Facilitator: Meredith Flynn

Register Here

Faith Community Nursing

Facilitators: Carmen Halsey & Nancy Taylor

Register Here

Faith & Community Health

Facilitators: Carmen Halsey & Sharon Hinton

Registration Coming Soon

Terms for 2022 & 2023:

Early Fall Term: August 8 – October 2
Late Fall Term: October 10 – Dec 4

Winter Term: January 30 – March 26
Spring Term: April 10 – June 4
Summer Term: June 12 – August 6
Early Fall Term: August 14 – October 8
Late Fall Term: October 16 – December 1

Want more information or want to enroll? Email LindaDarden@ibsa.org or

click here

to apply for the certificate program.



Team Training Courses- free courses for use in team training:

Pastor Search Team Training
Click above to find out more

A Deacon on Purpose Training
Click above to find out more



ALSO: The EQUIP Partnership Program for Illinois Baptist Women

IBSA also offers fully online biblical and theological courses just for Illinois Baptist women through our partnership with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas (SWBTS).

– Never enrolled in an SWBTS/Equip partner course? CLICK HERE to apply for admission through SWBTS.

– Previously enrolled in an SWBTS/Equip partner course? CLICK HERE to login to SWBTS and register.

– For help with the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary registration, PLEASE CLICK HERE