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The ELST approved process for advancing candidates for consideration by the Graduates Credentialing Advisory Council in a timely fashion shall include recommendations review by the ELST Credentialing Advisory Council and selection by the Chancellor of a candidate to be communicated to the ELST Credentialing Advisory Council. The PhD Degree may be conferred upon Candidates recommended by clergy, pastor/overseer, or ministry/business associates; and final candidates for the PhD will be approved by the Chancellor and ELST Credentialing Advisory Council.

ELST Reference/Recommendations Forms can be submitted at any time BEFORE the Application process. Below are the PhD Requirements CHECK-LIST to consider before requesting and submitting the ELST Reference/Recommendations Forms for a Candidate.

  1. Applications review process – applicants review the qualifications below and click the application review button to pay the ($20.00) needed to submit their application for review
  2. If application is approved, applicant is required to pay ($100.00 Enrollment Fee) onboarding process and consists of orientation and student agreement
  3. Applicants pay Required Tuition for the course, complete assignments, quizzes and practicum

    Note: some courses require students to purchase their books to complete the course

Process the ELST Doctorate Reference/Recommendations Form

The initial Application Review is used to determine if you are qualified to participate in the certification Program.

  1. Candidates CAN recommend themselves. Prospective Candidates MAY APPLY for consideration.
  2. Candidate must be Saved (ACCEPTED Jesus as Lord & Savior)
  3. Must be currently in fellowship covenant with a faith-based church or ministry or a Ministry Leadership Overseer
  4. Complete a FBA (Behavioral Wellness Assessment) & Pre-Scheduled Assessment Report Personal Council
  5. Submit Court Certified Criminal Background History (report must be current for year of application)
  6. Candidates must be at least 35 years old
  7. Verification of 12 years or more of leadership and/or ministry services with Apostolic verifiable work.
  8. Submit High School Diploma or GED
  9. Submit copies of any relevant College Degree(s), Certificate(s), License(s), or Professional Development Training Credentials.
  10. Verifiable Apostolic leadership services through any five-fold leadership gift. Five-fold evangelical outreach movements, Services Leadership/Mentor integrity and accountability history. [ELST Reference/Recommendations Forms] will be part of this process. However, ELST reserve the right to seek verifications through other Apostolic forms of service delivery and personal references as the Board deems necessary for all applicants.
  11. Eight ELST Reference/Recommendations Forms from (8) Clergy/Ministry/Business Relationships. ELST Reference/Recommendations Form will be provided. Forms must be sealed and mailed direct to ELST by Reference/Recommendations.  [NOTE]: No Written Letters will be accepted]
  12. Submit ELST PhD Candidate APPLICATION Review Process Fee of $20.00 & APPLICATION REGISTRATION FEE = $100.00 (non-refundable)
  13. Council Approved Applications for PhD Candidates are required to Write a (3) Page Persuasive Topical Essay (writing sample).  [Note: Internet publications will be rejected and the applicant will need to reapply]. The Essay must be authentic and personalized.
  14. Council Approved Applications for PhD Candidates are required to complete an approved Thesis/Dissertation Topic. [Note: Internet publications will be rejected and the applicant will need to reapply]. Thesis/Dissertation must be authentic and personalized. Thesis/Dissertation types and writing style details will be released ONLY to application approved candidates.
  15. Council Approved Applications for PhD Candidates are required to attend personalized Credentialing Advisory Council Meeting. [location will be announced to approved candidates] 
  16. Attend a Pre-scheduled Candidates FINAL Requirements Check-List CONFERENCE CALL

MAIL ELST Reference/Recommendations Forms TO:
ELST-Credentialing Advisory Council
P.O. Box 15211
Humble, Texas 77347

The above prospective Candidate Requirements CHECK-LIST are ONLY applicable for Council Approved APPLICATIONS. The Application processing does not necessarily confirm the PhD Degree approval since there may be other verifications or documentations to be processed and Board approved.

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EBP refers to using the best available evidence for decision-making and providing efficient and effective care. Evidence-based practice is a conscientious, problem-solving approach to clinical or faith-based practice that incorporates the best evidence from well-designed studies, patient/client values and preferences, and a Practitioner's expertise in making decisions about a patient's care. It is a method by which Practitioners across the healthcare and faith-based professions review and assess the most current, highest-quality research to inform their delivery of care. Although there is no precise standard for what constitutes evidence-based practice in specialty training, the approach consists of three main components and five basic steps.


Best External Evidence

Evaluate and implement the most current, clinically or faith-based soul-care centered relevant, and scientifically sound research.


Individual Clinical or Faith-Based/Spiritual Expertise

Draw on your personal experience of what has worked and not worked in your clinical or faith-based/spiritual practice.


Client/Patient Values and Expectations

Consider and value the preferences of your individual client/patients. Levels of evidence in both healthcare and/or faith-based/spiritual expertise research can be grouped into four categories according to how credible the information is. These four categories, ranging from the most credible to the least includes.

  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Evidence from cohort, case-control, or observational studies
  • Expert opinions that are supported by experience, studies, or reports.
  • Personal experience (clinical or faith-based/spiritual expertise

LLU uses various parts of a series of Evidence-Based Practices Study Manuals or KITs created by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health, and Human Services.


Benefits Of Offering Evidence-Based Studies

Evidence-based practices have proven to lead to better service to patients/clients, equip specialty services providers, and institutional educational outcomes. Build more quality care teams and implement impactful study modules that are state-wide acceptable for most workplace required credentials, possible college prerequisite studies credits approval and clergy best practices.