Faith-Based Nonprofit Leadership Online Certificate Program

Program Update:

Thank you for your interest! Please check back later this Spring to see if the course is being offered this Fall.

Building the skills and knowledge of current and future leaders in the nonprofit sector.

The Faith-Based Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program is a 12-week online course, open to students and non-students co-led by School of Divinity professor Dr. John Senior and School of Law professor Steve Virgil.

The program is ideal for participants who are:

  • Current and aspiring leaders of nonprofits (staff, board members, or volunteers)
  • Interested in forming a new nonprofit

Certificates will be awarded through the Wake Forest University School of Divinity following completion of all sessions.

Course Topics*

  • The Role of Nonprofits in Society: Morally, Ethically, and Legally
  • The History of Nonprofits in the United States
  • An Introduction to Nonprofits and the Nonprofit Sector Today
  • Crafting Mission and Vision Statements
  • The Legal Structure of Nonprofits
  • Strategic Planning and Competitive Analysis
  • Program Development and Assessment
  • Administration
  • Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Finance and Budget
  • Community Organizing & Asset-based Community Development
  • Lobbying and Advocacy

*Subject to change. Official syllabus to be distributed during first class.

Course Structure

The course consists of three weekday evening webinars, two intensive weekend webinars (in-person option for weekends), and twelve hour-long pre-recorded media presentations.

Each participant will complete a professor-supervised project that focuses on a particular strategic need of the participant’s own nonprofit, on some aspect of forming a nonprofit, or on an area of interest related to faith-based nonprofit leadership.

Live Webinar Dates

Three Evenings (webinar only)

  • To Be Announced

Two Weekends (webinar or in-person at Wake Forest University’s Worrell Professional Center)

  • To Be Announced

Costs and Logistics

The program cost is $250. This does not include travel and lodging for those who choose to attend the two-weekend sessions in-person. Refunds for the course are not available after a certain date (to be announced if online certificate will be offered).

After completing all sessions, all participants receive a certificate of completion from Wake Forest University School of Divinity.


For more information, please contact John Senior, associate teaching professor of ethics and society.


This program is possible thanks to the generous support of the Wake Forest University Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation and the Jesse Ball DuPont Foundation.