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: 

  • 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.
  • 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.

– Frequently asked questions about Equip Online courses: FAQ

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

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

Pastor Search Team Training
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A Deacon on Purpose Training
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Equip Online Course Offerings

June 6 – July 31: 

Leading ChangeFacilitator: Fran TrascrittiRegistration Closed
Leading SelfFacilitator: Carmen HalseyRegistration Closed
Preaching at the Next LevelFacilitator: Jeremy ByrdRegistration Closed
Faith Community NursingFacilitator: Nancy TaylorFill out form
Faith & Community HealthFacilitators: Carmen Halsey & Sharon Hinton
NOTE: In-person training at the IBSA building on June 25, 2022
Register Here

August 8 – October 2 (Registration Coming July 8th):

Coach ApproachFacilitator: Carmen HalseyRegister Soon
Spiritual LeadershipFacilitator: Jennifer SmithRegister Soon
Writing WorkshopFacilitator: Meredith FlynnMore Info- Click Here

Earn Certificates in Ministry

By taking part in our Equip Online courses, you can potentially earn a ministry certificate in these areas:

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

Note: 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. 

or contact LindaDarden@ibsa.org for more information about the courses and program. 

Take as many courses as you want

You can always take courses, whether or not you are in a certificate program. Here’s what we offer (each course is $25 for IBSA-affiliated church members): 

  • CM100 Leading Self
  • CM200 Spiritual Leadership 
  • CM300 Coach Approach
  • CM400 Managing Conflict 
  • CM500 Leading Change
  • PL100 Disciplemaking in the Church 
  • TM200 A Deacon on Purpose (new self-paced)
  • PL100 Disciplemaking in the Church (new course 2022)
  • PL200 Preaching at the Next Level
  • PL300 Leading Through Preaching

Upcoming Terms:

Summer Term: June 6 – July 31
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. 

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 new partnership with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas (SWBTS).