Friends Ministry Training Certificate

The Friends Ministry Training (FMT) Certificate Program is designed to provide a quality educational experience for men and women in the Friends Church who are serving (or who feel called to serve) as pastors, missionaries, church planters, or other church leaders. It is the natural extension of the mission of Barclay College – to prepare students in a Bible-centered environment for effective Christian life, service, and leadership.

History: The FMT Certificate Program has grown out of a desire to be responsive to the need for an additional method for convenient, affordable, and quality academic and ministry training among Friends at an undergraduate level. Conversations between the leadership at Barclay College and Friends denominational leaders and pastors in Indiana Yearly Meeting (IYM) led to an agreement in 2016 that created the FMT, especially to provide adequate academic preparation for individuals who are in the process of becoming recorded as Friends ministers. Although developed initially for the special benefit of IYM, in keeping with the expansive vision of Friends to participate in a multiplication movement and to equip men and women in this country and around the world, Friends leaders from other Yearly meetings who meet the qualifications for admission are also welcome and invited to participate.

Benefits of the FMT Certificate Program:

  • Complete program (10 courses) in only 2 years (4 semesters)!
  • Convenient: Each six-week class is 100% online, sequential (not simultaneous), and asynchronous (so that students can fit their coursework into their own busy schedules).
  • Free Orientation Class – to help each student become acquainted with the Learning Management System of Barclay College and with online learning in general!
  • Accredited: Barclay College is accredited nationally through the Association for Biblical Higher Education and is a candidate for regional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Comprehensive: The ten required FMT courses have been chosen by denominational leaders, pastors, and educators to provide the best academic and ministry foundation possible.
  • Affordable: See the costs below. Special scholarships are available for participants from IYM, and are encouraged through other Yearly Meetings and churches.

What will a student receive upon completion of the FMT?

  • Each FMT graduate will receive a special certificate of completion from Barclay College.
  • Upon completion of all 10 classes in the FMT program, each graduate will have satisfied the educational requirements for recording as a Friends minister in Indiana Yearly Meeting.
  • Each graduate will be able to continue their studies (if they chose to do so) to receive a Bachelor’s degree (see below).

Affordable Costs with Two Options: “For Credit” or “Audit”: Students can choose to take the courses for full academic credit (at the undergraduate level) or on an “audit” basis with different financial implications and benefits as described below:

1. “For Credit” Students: Those who take the courses for credit will pay full tuition costs plus fees for the classes per the standard rate for Barclay online students.

  • Students who are accepted into the FMT Certificate Program are eligible to receive an FMT Scholarship of $300 per class. Based on the current tuition rate, the cost for one “for credit” class is only: $1185 (tuition) - $300 (scholarship) = $885 (net tuition cost) = $75 fees = $960 per class!
  • FMT students from Indiana Yearly Meeting are eligible to use the IYM Lacy Scholarship and Loan Fund resulting in an even lower net cost of only $518 per class.
  • It will be possible for students who take the classes for credit, to apply those classes toward an undergraduate degree from Barclay College or as potential transfer credits to another accredited institution.

2. “Auditing” Students: Each student who chooses to audit the Friends Ministry Training classes, will only pay 1/3 of the tuition cost plus fees.

  • Based on the current tuition rate, the total cost for one class for a student who audits is only: $395/class + $25/fees (1/3 tuition and fees) = $420 per class.
  • Each student who audits will be required to complete all of the learning outcomes for each class (readings, assignments, etc.) and will receive a letter grade from the professor. Their official transcript will only show that they “audited” the class, but Barclay College will keep a notation in their permanent file that shows their letter grade.
  • If at some point in the future, an auditing student wants to migrate their class/grade into a “for credit” class in order to pursue a Bachelor’s degree, they would have a five year period to do so from the date of the conclusion of the class. The student would simply pay the difference of the balance due on the tuition cost at the time of the transition, and they could receive full credit for their work. (Note: If the request is made after the end of five years due to some extenuating circumstances, a student would be allowed to submit a petition to BC.)

Registration Information and Requirements:

  • Anyone who wants to be accepted into the FMT Certificate Program must complete the Barclay College Undergraduate Online Application form.
  • No prior collegiate study is required to participate. Standard acceptance procedures for other online undergraduate students at Barclay College will apply.
  • All students will be required to take the free two-week Orientation class prior to enrolling in their first content class (mentioned above), offered immediately before the start of each individual class.

Additional Questions about the FMT Application or Registration? Contact Shelly Barber, Online Undergraduate Admissions Counselor for Barclay College, at or call the BC Welcome Center at (620) 862-5252.

2018 Course Schedule

Spring 2018

January 29-February 11 Orientation to Online Learning
February 12-March 25 New Testament Survey
March 26-May 6 Introduction to Pastoral Care/Counseling

Fall 2018
July 30-August 12 Orientation to Online Learning
August 13-September 23 Introduction to Friends Theology
September 24-November 4 Introduction to Church History
November 5-December 16 Introduction to Evangelism, Missions, and Church Growth

Spring 2019
Dates TBA Orientation to Online Learning
Dates TBA Old Testament Survey
Dates TBA Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

Fall 2019
Dates TBA Orientation to Online Learning
Dates TBA Quaker History
Dates TBA Introduction to Pastoral Preaching
Dates TBA Basic Christian Doctrine