MS-SOM is a district sponsored and district operated ministerial training program that enables individuals to complete the educational requirements of the fellowship for credentialing, as well as, specialized classes to hone skills necessary for effective ministry in the local church.
MS-SOM uniquely combines home study, classroom instruction, the student's relationship with a mentor and active involvement in ministry to set their ministerial formation.
MS-SOM seeks to provide the student with the highest quality instruction and resources possible in a practical and cost effective way.
MS-SOM gives educational direction, sets an atmosphere for the impartation of the Spirit, and guides the student’s spiritual development to equip them for effective, full-time ministry.
Classes are conducted once a month, eight times a year. The Fall semester is August through November. The Spring semester is January trough April. Three courses are offered on the third Saturday each month, one for each corresponding credential level (Certified, Licensed, Ordained). Students participate in six hours of classroom instruction. A final is administered at the end of the final session.
Prior to class, each student is required to work through the course text and text study guide. A minimum of 10 hours of preparatory work is necessary. With the classroom time, students will have invested 16 hours per course.
The classroom instruction provides an overview of the material, practical applications, and opportunity for questions and discussion. Instructors use personal experience and a variety of teaching methods. Faculty members become natural mentors as they build relationships and share experiences with their students. Faculty advisors are available to provide accountability and guidance for the students.