The Diploma in Theology is the right option for the student considering vocational pastoral leadership training. This program has a strong Biblical base and is designed specifically for those pursing God’s leading toward a pastoral role following graduation. The diploma provides the historical and theological knowledge as well as the spiritual disciplines and practical skills needed to become a pastor without the need for a seminary education. br>
Practical Experience component: Each semester, students are required to contribute back to their local church or other ministry setting through a practicum. The volunteer service there helps each student make immediate and direct application of their online learning back into a real setting. Students are required to take a practicum course each semester of their program.

Vanguard Online is pleased to welcome many excellent Christian Leadership practitioners to facilitate our practicum courses. Their timely insights and discussion will both stimulate and challenge our students to think and grow as leaders.

Courses listed below are arranged according to recommended semesters for a traditional in-class program of studies. Keep in mind that traditional, multi-year programs are designed with an academic progression in mind. For the most part, there is flexibility within each year on the order in which courses can be taken. In some cases, a students registration in a particular course may be discouraged if they have not taken the previous foundational courses in that discipline. Our student services staff is more than happy to assist in selecting appropriate courses with you.