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Zondervan Lay Elder Certificate
Zondervan Academic

Zondervan Lay Elder Certificate

This mini certificate, is a self-study course track designed specifically to equip lay elders to better know and teach the Scriptures in the context of a local church.

At a Glance

  • Access to all four courses with structured units and lessons containing high-quality video lectures, full textbook content online, reflection questions, unit tests, a mid-term exam, and a final exam.
  • Each course includes access to Cerego's award-winning learning technology to enhance how you learn, study, and remember.
  • Earn a Zondervan Certificate of Completion by receiving an 80% or above on each course.
  • 24/7 access for 24 months to complete all four courses at your own pace.
  • This certificate can be taken for academic credit through the BibleMesh Institute: Click Here


120 hours per course

Save $167.99 when you enroll today!
Retail price of all 4 courses: $839.96

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Zondervan Academic Lay Elder Certificate Courses

Old Testament Survey

Designed to lead you to read and understand the Old Testament itself, this course carefully examines the purpose, message, structure, and major themes of each book in the Old Testament. This course is supported by the popular textbook A Survey of the Old Testament, 3rd edition authored by Andrew E. Hill and John H. Walton. All course material—video lectures; readings enhanced by maps, photos, timelines, and charts; key concept reviews, and quizzes—is available online for study at your own convenience.

New Testament Survey

Designed to lead you to read the New Testament itself, New Testament Survey provides essential historical and cultural background information and carefully examines the content of each book in the New Testament. This course is supported by the best-selling textbook A Survey of the New Testament, 5th edition authored by Robert H. Gundry. Topics and issues discussed in the course are tied whenever possible to assigned readings from the across the entire New Testament. Commentary on the readings provide additional insight.

What Christians Ought to Believe 

Bringing together theological commentary, tips for application, and memorable illustrations, the What Christians Ought to Believe course teaches you the basic tenets of the Christian faith using the Apostle’s Creed as the entryway. After first emphasizing the importance of creeds for the formation of the Christian faith, lessons introduce core beliefs about the Father, the Son, the Spirit, the Church, and the end times.

A Theology of Biblical Counseling 

This course features material and videos by author and professor Heath Lambert, covering the history of the biblical counseling movement, the core convictions that underlie sound counseling, and practical wisdom for counseling today.

This Lay Elder Certificate is one of four in the Zondervan Lay-Leader Certificate Series. These mini-certificates are designed with lay-leaders in mind to equip better Deacons, Lay Elders, Sunday School teachers and Small Group Leaders. A well-trained laity is indispensable for healthy churches. The Zondervan Lay-Leader series deepens biblical, theological and practical understanding of lay-leaders for greater ministry impact.

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About the Technology

Authors & Instructors

John H. Walton
Dr. John H. Walton

Ph.D., Hebrew Union College

Andrew E. Hill
Dr. Andrew E. Hill

Ph.D., University of Michigan 

Robert H. Gundry
Dr. Robert H. Gundry

Ph.D., Manchester

Michael F. Bird

Dr. Michael F. Bird

PhD., University of Queensland

Heath Lambert
Dr. Heath Lambert

PhD., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary