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TCE04 - Independent Study Project 1

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There is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” education, and in recognition of this Truett’s Certificate Program utilizes optional cumulative Independent Study Projects to meet the needs of students’ varied passions and callings.

Each project is designed by the student and instructor (typically the Program Director) around three distinct areas - reading, writing, and a project activity. 

Through conversations and reflections, the student and instructor will select a topic of interest, and arrange a number of requirements within the three general areas seen below. Once the project is finished, work is turned in to the instructor for review and the project concludes with a 60-90 minute interview, reflection, and further-steps conversation.

1. Reading

At least one book will be assigned. The student will be required to read either one substantial book that is considered an exemplary work on the selected subject or a combination of two less intensive books.

2. Writing

At least one short paper of reflection, engagement, and planning for each book (4-8 pages in total). An exact length is not required, but it should be of adequate length to cover the main points of the book and the student’s engagement with the topic. Writing should also include a short final section of plans toward implementation of what was learned.

3. Project Activity

The third portion of each ISP is to engage in an activity that generally follows one of the following formats:


Interview multiple practitioners (pastors, chaplains, educators, etc), document, and then reflect in writing on their ministerial approaches.


Observe and/or participate in an activity or event alongside others and document their approaches and/or solicit feedback on your approach. Reflect in writing on the experience.


Plan and begin a new implementation of your learning in specific and detailed ways (e.g. a detailed sermon series over a book of the Bible, a new Sunday school curriculum, outreach event, etc.).

Solicit honest feedback and reflect on the process.



Class Details

0 Session(s)

NA - Online

J. David Tate 

CEUs : 1

Start Date:upon registration



Please read: 


  • CCF00
  • CCF01
  • CCF02
  • CCF03
  • CCF04
  • CCF05

Any 2 of the following:

  • COM06
  • COM07
  • CCS06
  • CCS07

Any one of the following

  • CCM06 - Hands on Ministry Course
  • TCE prefix courses
    • NOT TCE02 - Perspectives Advanced Credit
  • LTL prefix courses
  • COM07
  • CCS07



Registration Closes On
Tuesday, December 31, 2030 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
N/A - Online J. David Tate