AD-SOM: Equipping the Called for Effective Christian Service in the 21st Century

 The Appalachian District School of Ministry (AD-SOM) is a vital support to the ministry endeavors of churches and pastors. Knowledge gleaned from the classroom experience becomes a valuable tool that the Holy Spirit can use to further the purposes of God. Clergy and laypersons who understand not only “what to do” but “why to do it” will be far more effective than those who “just do it.”

AD-SOM integrates spiritual formation, relationship building, and academic achievement to provide a unique learning experience. Students not only acquire knowledge necessary for obtaining ministerial credentials, but also develop character and skills essential for effective ministry.

Statement of Purpose
The Appalachian District School of Ministry exists to provide training for those sensing a call to ministry, whether as credentialed ministers of the Assemblies of God, or as equipped laypersons within the local church. The school seeks to promote a unified purpose for ministry within the Fellowship, providing doctrinal and practical instruction based upon common core values and shared ministry goals.
The Appalachian District School of Ministry subscribes fully to the Statement of Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God, and commits itself to proclaim and support the principles and polity of the Assemblies of God. Additionally, the school commits itself to provide training courses that meet district and General Council educational requirements for ministerial credentials.
 
Structure

Classes are conducted once a month, eight times a year. Three courses are offered each month. Through each level, persons desiring to apply for ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God may satisfy the educational requirement for each corresponding credential level (certified, licensed, ordained). These classes, as well as other specific courses offered will likewise benefit anyone wanting to be better prepared for service in the local church. Students participate in six hours of classroom instruction, on Saturdays from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at two locations (Wytheville, VA and Charleston, WV). A lunch is provided for students at no extra charge.

Prior to class, each student is required to work through the course text and text overview. A minimum of 15 hours of preparatory work is necessary. With the classroom time, students will have invested at least 21 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.

Instructors are limited to ordained ministers and college professors- all of whom are practitioners in the field the course they teach represents. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the director to permit the use of instructors with proven ministry or life experience directly relevant to the particular class study. Faculty members become natural mentors as they build relationships and share experiences with their students

 
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