Certificate in Transformational Ministry at the Margins

Join us in Greenville, SC for a course in transformational ministry at the margins designed to encourage and equip you to share a liberating gospel in poor, marginalized, and under-reached communities.

The course is being offered by the People’s Seminary, a learning center for Scripture study and theology, rooted in active ministry in solidarity with our excluded brothers and sisters. The Certificate in Transformational Ministry at the Margins is currently being offered in London, Glasgow, Zimbabwe,  Kenya, and Washington, as well as Greenville. 

Led by Tierra Nueva founders Bob and Gracie Ekblad in Burlington, WA. The Ekblads will be joined by Jerry and Stephanie Blassingame of Soteria in Greenville, SC as well as other local practitioners.


  • Module 1: October 19-21, 2017
  • Module 2: February 8-10, 2018
  • Module 3: May 10-12 , 2018
  • Distance learning activities occur between modules.

Tuition: $300 (A $50 non-refundable deposit due two weeks after acceptance, and the balance is due by October 2nd.) 

What To Expect:
Community: The course emphasizes mutual support and sharing best practices. The 40 participants journey as a cohort through the seven month program. On site, we worship and study together each day. Between modules, we encourage small study groups for mutual learning and support.

Inclusive teaching styles: Each module includes lecture, worship, practical reflection, ministry opportunities, and group discussion. There will be recommended reading before each gathering.

Robust curriculum: The course weaves together five key themes related to ministry on the margins:

  1. God’s identity and mission—and ours
  2. Healing and holistic liberation—biblical foundations and principles
  3. Social prophetic mission—justice, racial reconcilation, advocacy, and peacemaking
  4. Word on the street—preparing and leading transformational Bible studies
  5. Practical reflection—how does this work in my life and ministry?

Although the Certificate in Transformational Ministry at the Margins is a non-accredited training, participants will be asked to write a five page reflection on how the training inspires their practice.

Testimonials from Certificate Graduates

What attracted me to this course was the emphasis on the Holy Spirit and a heart of compassion for those whom society disregards.  I wasn't disappointed.  The bonus was meeting a group of people, all different ages and backgrounds, who have the same heart to minister and learn as Bob Ekblad does.  And I must say, the Tierra Nueva team are all remarkable people, bright, enthusiastic and willing and able to pour their lives into you and others.  May the Lord bless and prosper the work they do! (Chris - Prison Fellowship, Illinois)

The course has renewed my hope that a holistic approach to ministry is possible and provided me the learning, inspiration and connections to further pursue holistic ministry in my own context. (Michael - The Living Room, Montreal, QC)

As a someone ministering on the margins long-term, CTMM has been inspiring, stretching and equipping me in ways that impact my life and ministry on a daily basis.  I love how this program engages my mind, conscience and heart and brings together the Bible, the lives of the oppressed and rejected and the work of the Spirit in ways that are unique and powerful. (Andrew - ICYA, Winnipeg, MB)

Attending this course was like coming home to a bunch of old friends and sitting down to read the Bible and eat together. Even though I'd only met these "old friends" the day before, I sensed the shared kinship of disciples who bear the battle scars of working with marginalized people. It was incredibly encouraging to be with other people who understand the trials and tribulations of transformational ministry, people who have made sacrifices and yet remain full of joy and thanksgiving. Everyone had an amazing story to share about how God led them into ministry with the urban poor or marginalized. (Sin Ee - Pearl Family Garden, Taipei)

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