The IFD Certification in Evangelism is designed to strengthen an understanding of God’s call into a passion and priority to reach a fallen world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The program is based on the concept of relational evangelism – becoming living examples of Jesus Christ while learning to “love your neighbor as yourself.” The diversified courses provide a foundation for evangelistic leadership within the church in order to create outreach programs and help leaders encourage others to serve Christ outside the church walls. Learners will discover that the mission field is wherever they are. They will live out the Great Commission every day of their lives, seeing every encounter as an opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, “making disciples for the transformation of our world.”
Develop tools to make a big impact in your ministry and gain a network of other Christians doing Evangelism from around the country!
The IFD Certification in Evangelism requires just four 6-week courses of $125 each — a total of $500.
- Certification courses must be completed in order. Courses will be taught on a yearly rotation.
- Once you begin, you can complete all the courses you need for certification in just one year!
- First courses in the certification cycles are offered in either January or August, with some certifications relaunching at both times.
- This program is taught online via Blackboard Learn. Courses are mostly asynchronous, meaning you can complete the work at the time most convenient for your schedule. Daily engagement on the Discussion Board with peers, required reading, and assignments ensure a quality learning experience. Some courses offer a required or optional live video-based session – see individual course descriptions for more details.
2023 Course Schedule
January 16 – February 24, 2023
March 13 – April 28, 2023 (No class during Holy Week)
August 21 – September 29, 2023
October 9 – November 17, 2023
Certification Course List
Add a Denominational Emphasis
You can add an Emphasis in United Methodist Studies to your certificate by taking just one additional 6-week course:
Enroll in the first course!
If the first course is full, or is not currently enrolling, you will be able to sign up for course opening notifications.
Meet the Instructor
Darla M. Thieler is the founder of Remnant Ministries, a multi-faceted outreach ministry which began in 1982. The heart of Remnant Ministries began with the ministry at the juvenile detention centers. Raised in the United Methodist tradition, Darla’s life changed forever when she attended a Christian concert at a district event at age 13. Believing that every person is precious to God, Darla and her husband, George, continue sharing this same message of hope at every opportunity.
A local evangelist and certified lay speaker with the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, she serves as a Bible teacher, conference leader, inspirational speaker, praise and worship leader, composer, theater arts performer and director, and much more.