Online Seminary Courses

Flourish Courses developed by Gordon-Conwell



Take these courses for:
  • Personal Enrichment
  • Equipping and Denominational Certification
  • Graduate Credit (ATS)

Registration is Closed!

Fall Semester Courses

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

Theology Survey I

Evangelism in the Local Church

Spiritual Formation for Ministry

The "What":

We are so excited about our new partnership with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary! This partnership will allow Flourish to greatly expand our Lay and Clergy Leadership equipping and development. It allows seminary classes to be available at very affordable rates to students all across the world (both within our denomination and within the greater Body of Christ) who desire to stay in their local contexts and serve the Lord, while being better equipped for ministry.

In 2019, Flourish and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte (GCTS) entered into a partnership whereby the two organizations are collaborating on the creation and offering of twelve (12) graduate-level quality courses in Bible, theology, and practical ministry. These courses, which align with ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterian (10) Core Leadership Competencies, are accessible by multiple audiences (from lay members and church leaders seeking personal growth and enrichment to others preparing for church leadership and ordination through ECO by meeting the denomination’s educational requirements).

  Course Name   GCTS Division   ECO Competency   Primary Developing Professor(s)
  Old Testament Survey   Biblical Studies   #3   Donna Petter (GCTS)
  New Testament Survey   Biblical Studies   #3   Mateus de Campos (GTCS)
  Theology Survey I   Christian Thought   #4, #6   Mark Patterson (ECO)
  Theology Survey II   Christian Thought   #4, #6   Mark Patterson (ECO)
  Leadership in the Local Church   Practical Theology   #8, #9   Jim Singleson (GCTS) and Dana Allin (ECO)
  Evangelism in the Local Church   Practical Theology   #8, #9   Jim Singleton (GCTS)
  Spiritual Formation in Ministry    Practical Theology   #1, #2   Tom Pfizenmaier (GCTS)
  Discipleship and Disciple-Making   Practical Theology   #1, #2, #8   Jim Singleton (GCTS) and Tom Pfizenmaier (GCTS)
  Church Planting in a Post-Christian Context   Practical Theology   #8   Matt Lee (ECO)
  The Polity of ECO   Practical Theology   #5   Dana Allin (ECO)
  Introduction to Pastoral Counseling   Practical Theology   #2, #8, #9   Rodney Cooper (GCTS)
  Preaching: Principles and Practices   Practical Theology   #10   Marnie Crumpler (ECO)


 Courses will be offered online through Flourish ( The courses follow the traditional 16 week semester system: Fall (September – December); Spring (February – May) and Summer (May – August) and are led by a Course Instructor. Students have the option to take the classes for personal enrichment (audit), for denominational credit through the CLP2 program, or graduate credit through Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (see "3 Learning Tiers" section for more details and associated costs).

The "How":

There are 2 student types and 3 learning tiers within Flourish seminary courses. Each tier has its own associated access parameters, cost and registration procedures.

2 Student Types
What is a Flourish Student?  

A Flourish Student is someone who is interested in being more deeply equipped for ministry and who has been approved by the Flourish Team to take seminary level Flourish courses. 

What is a CLP Student? 

A CLP Student is someone who is currently enrolled or has completed  their cohort within Commissioned Lay Pastor Training Program through Flourish.

3 Learning Tiers

Tier 1 (Audit)  

This tier is open to any Flourish Student for $25. Students enrolling in this tier are primarily taking the course for personal enrichment and will only have access to the course between the course’s start and end dates. Tier 1 students have access to all posted material (videos, supplementary documents, etc.). Tier 1 students can view all assignments, however, they will not have the ability to turn in assignments or participate in class discussions. Registration questions? Contact

Tier 2 (Equipping and Certification)

This tier is for Flourish Students and CLP Students, who want full participation in the course for ministerial equipping and denominational certification (non-graduate credit). The cost is $500 per course. To receive certification from ECO for CLP2 programs, the student must successfully complete all of the course assignments with a passing grade.  Registration questions? Contact

Tier 3 (Graduate/ATS Credit) 

This tier is open to Flourish Students and CLP Students who want to take the course for graduate credit through Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and who are eligible for and successfully attain admission to the seminary (either as a degree-seeking, non-degree seeking or visiting student from another ATS-accredited seminary). In addition to the regular course fee, the fee for each transcripted three-credit hour course by Gordon-Conwell is equal to the current Gordon-Conwell—Charlotte one-credit hour rate. Upon acceptance as a Gordon-Conwell student and successfully completing all of the course assignments with a passing grade and upon meeting admissions requirements to the Gordon-Conwell, the seminary will transcript the course. Students may apply transcripted courses towards a Gordon-Conwell degree or certificate program or may be able to transfer completed courses into other schools. Students should verify the receiving institution’s transfer policy before enrolling in this course. Most schools do not guarantee transferability.

If you are interested in Tier 3 learning:

Step 1: Either apply to be a Flourish Student (for those who are not current CLP students) or register for classes (if you are a current CLP student).

Step 2: Apply to Gordon-Conwell*. See details on how to apply and admission requirements here

*Do not apply to Gordon-Conwell until you are near ready to pay transcription fees on one of your courses. Once you are accepted into the seminary, you will have one year to pay your transcription fees in order to keep your acceptance active.

Have registration questions on Learning Tier 3? Email


Time Commitment and Class Schedules:

How much of a time commitment should I expect when taking these courses? 
  • These courses are each 3 credits. On average, a student should plan on spending 8-10 hours per week per course. Typically, an average working adult student takes 1 or 2 classes a semester. 
What days are these courses on? What is the schedule? 
  • For Tier 1 (Audit): The video lectures for these courses are self-paced. No homework is due, but please keep in mind that the course is still on a semester basis and you will only have access to the course materials between the course’s start and end dates.

  •  For Tier 2 (Equipping and Certification) and Tier 3 (Graduate Credit): You can watch the video lectures at a convenient time in your weekly schedule, however, there will be set due dates for the weekly homework and 3 scheduled group zoom meetings that will be scheduled by the instructure prior to the start of the course.

The "When":

Roll out Schedule
   Fall 2020
  (September - December)
   Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
   Theology Survey I
   Evangelism in the Local Church
   Spiritual Formation for Ministry


   Spring 2021 
   (February - May)
   Old Testament Survey
   The Polity of ECO
   Theology Survey II
   Discipleship and Disciple-Making


   Summer 2021
   Leadership in the Local Church
   Church Planting in a Post-Christian Context
   New Testament Survey
   Preaching: Principles and Practices


Register or Apply

If you are a CLP student, or an approved Flourish Student, click "register" below to register for classes.



If you are not a CLP student, you must apply to be a Flourish Student BEFORE you are able to register for fall classes. Click "apply" below to fill out the Flourish Student Application. 


This semester we are offering two options for payment for Tier 2 and Tier 3 students. Students can either pay in full at the time of registration or they can opt to pay an initial fee of $50 (per course) and pay the rest of the cost over a two month period. Access to the course will be given approximately one week before the course begins.

If you have any questions about the courses and the Gordon-Conwell Partnership, please contact Kendra Norton, ECO's Ordination and Student Advisor at If you have registration, payment, or technical questions please contact us at

About Gordon-Conwell:


Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is a multi-denominational evangelical Protestant graduate school serving more than 1,700 students online and on campuses in South Hamilton and Boston, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Jacksonville, Florida. Architects of the institution included Rev. Billy Graham; Dr. Harold John Ockenga, long-time pastor of Boston’s historic Park Street Church; and philanthropist J. Howard Pew. The seminary is dedicated to advancing Christ’s kingdom in every sphere of life, by equipping Church leaders to think theologically, engage globally and live biblically.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is a member of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). ATS is a membership organization of more than 260 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). NEASC is a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary school through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction. Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association is a rigorous process and approval indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality. Reviews are conducted periodically and applied through a peer group review process.