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Course Overview | Spring 2019

The School of Ministry is a 15-week spiritual growth experience embedded in the context of our local church, Antioch Dallas, and is designed for adults of all ages, backgrounds, occupations, and stages of life. This School is designed to "equip the saints for ministry" (Eph. 4:12) by helping people discover and activate their spiritual gifts, talents, passions, and calling AND empowering people to develop emotionally healthy relational values. In this School you will be developed as a person, Christ follower, and leader to love others well and minister faithfully and fruitfully in our church, your workplace, and in your home.

IMPORTANT DATES

January 27th              Early Bird Registration Deadline

February 1st-3rd World Mandate Conference

February 10th         First Class Meeting

April 21st Easter (NO CLASS)

May 19th          Last Class Meeting & Final Exam

June TBD          School Mission Trip

Addition Class Dates – March 2nd, April 5th, May 3rd-4th

REGISTRATION PROCESS

  • Step ONE – Review Course Overview & Submit “I’m Interested” online form. We’ll contact you with how to take next steps!

  • Step TWO – Complete Registration Form

  • Step THREE – Sign-Up for Orientation Interview with School of Ministry Staff

  • Step FOUR – Sign Commitment Form and Pay Deposit

  • Step FIVE – Get Prepared, complete Pre-Reading, gather prayer support

FINANCIAL INFO

COST:

Due to the generosity of our church family, we are able to underwrite most of the cost of the school for the Spring 2019 term out of the tithes and offerings of our church. This is really exciting! There is some cost we require students to pay as well. They are:

  • Tuition: $350 individual | $600 couple | $600 family

    • After Jan. 27th Tuition increases to $425 individual | $700 couple | $700 family

  • Cost covers all supplies, books, materials, retreats, some meals, activities, outreach materials, and World Mandate Conference Registration.

  • General operating costs have been underwritten by the generosity of the people at Antioch Dallas!

PAYMENT DATES:

  • $150 deposit is due with signed Commitment Form after Acceptance into School.

  • Remaining tuition is due the first day of class. Tuition payment plans are available upon request.

  • *Refund Policy: Deposit and Tuition is non-refundable

THE BASIC SCHEDULE

CLASS TIMES: Sunday Nights 5:00pm-8:00pm & 3 Additional Class Dates

  • Basic class time includes corporate worship and prayer, teaching, and ministry time. Some days include group Bible study, discipleship groups, activation of spiritual gifts, and training with ministry areas.

    • Addition Class Dates – March 2nd, April 5th, May 3rd-4th

  • *Families/Parents: We desire The School of Ministry to be a family friendly experience! Therefore, we provide age appropriate children’s ministry for kids nursery age through 6th grade during class times where your kids will be taught the Word of God and be equipped to follow Jesus. In order to be well prepared for ministry to kids, please confirm you’re doing the school as early as possible!

  • **Tardies & Absences: Students are allowed one pre-approved absence and one emergency absence during the school.

SERVE TEAM: Sunday mornings, various other times (1-2 hours every other week)

  • Each student will be connected with a ministry area in our local church to use their gifts in serving while being equipped for ministry in the relational values of the Kingdom. Students will serve in their ministry area every other week at minimum. Most volunteer times take place on Sunday mornings during church services.

  • *Families and individuals with challenging schedules/variables can participate in a modified service track. Please communicate this with the School Staff in needed.

  • Ministry areas include: Worship/Media | Children | Welcome Home | Life Group Leading

LIFE GROUP: Various nights of the week (1-2 hours a week)

  • We highly value community at Antioch, the primary vehicle for facilitating this community is our Life Groups. We ask for all students to be a part of a Life Group where they are giving and receiving as an active part of Christian community. This is very important in helping students be rooted in community and have opportunity to live out the relational values of the Kingdom.

SUNDAY SERVICES: Sunday mornings (1-2 hours a week)

  • Our Sunday morning, church-wide gatherings for worship, prayer, Bible teaching, and fellowship are an integral part to the vision, unity, and mission of our church. We ask students to be active participants in our Sunday services by attending and investing in a SERVE Team.

TEACHING TOPICS COVERED

The teaching curriculum for the School of Ministry is comprised of 3 key areas that will be developed through class time teaching, Bible reading/study, outside books, and other assignments.

THEOLOGICAL:

  • Character of God

  • Ministry Like Jesus

  • Power of the Spirit

  • The Church & Community

  • Spiritual Authority

LIVING OUT THE KINGDOM:

  • Leadership

  • Spiritual Gifts Activation

  • Relational Values

  • Ministering in Love

  • Servant Heart

CHARACTER TRAINING:

  • Integrity

  • Listening Well

  • Communication

  • Time Management

  • Self-Awareness

COURSE WORK and activation

READING AND ASSIGNMENTS:

  • There will be a variety of reading and writing assignments giving students opportunities to learn and grow. You can expect a stretching, but doable amount of outside reading (about one book every 3-4 weeks). It’s all amazing and transforming content! Basic weekly reading includes:

    • Daily reading assignments from Scripture (1-2 chapters a day)

    • Short weekly written journal reflection on the week’s Bible Reading

    • Reading assignments from selected books (One book every 3-4 weeks)

    • 4 book reflection papers (one page each)

    • Occasional assignments relating to the classroom teachings

    • There is one final exam at the end of the class in May

SPIRITUAL PRACTICES:

  • Students will continue to be instructed and coached in various spiritual disciplines introduced in the School of Transformation. Students will have the opportunity to see these disciplines modeled and be helped to put them into practice in their everyday world in tangible, doable, and sustainable ways!

    • Devotional Time – Spending time with God everyday (Bible reading, worship, and prayer)

    • Sabbath – Learning to rest well, be renewed, and live within healthy margin

    • Evangelism – Learning to share your testimony and share the gospel with others

    • Stewardship – Learning to honor God with your time, talents, and resources

    • Scripture Memory – Memorizing up to 2-3 verses each week

SPIRITUAL GIFTS ACTIVATION:

  • Building upon the practice of spiritual disciplines learned in the School of Transformation, students in the School of Ministry will be instructed and coached in discovering and activating the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit.

    • Prophetic Activation - learning to hear God’s voice and share prophetic encouragement

    • Gift of Tongues - discovering and activating the various expressions of this gift.

    • Healing the Sick - learning to pray for sick effectively.

    • Words of Knowledge - learning to identify words and impressions from the Holy Spirit.

RELATIONAL VALUES EQUIPPING:

  • We believe that relationships change lives and thus effectiveness in ministry within any context boils down to healthy relationships. In this school you will be equipped with practical Biblical instruction in relational skills, which we refer to as the relational values of the Kingdom. In addition to classroom instruction, there will be time for practice and activation. Relational skills you will learn include:

    • Incarnational Listening

    • Healthy Conflict & Resolution

    • Clarifying Expectations

    • Integrity & Building Trust

    • Honesty In Love

    • Emotionally Healthy Relationships

COMMUNITY STANDARDS:

  • We believe the Scriptures give us freedom/grace in many of these areas where some traditions of men have drawn black and white lines. We do not want to have a legalistic culture, however, in order to maintain a unified, rich environment that will provide the best opportunity for each student to experience the fullness of what God has for them personally and corporately during this school, we feel it is important and wise that we set a community focus and standard in the following areas:

    • Dating – We ask that students not begin new dating relationships during the school

    • Media – Abstain from media that dishonors God or distracts you from receiving God’s best

    • Alcohol/Tobacco – Abide by Biblical guideline. Do not get drunk, do not be addicted, do not cause your brother/sister to stumble, be high above reproach.

MISSION TRIP

We believe God has called us to minister and plant churches in the nations of the earth! Therefore, a huge part of the Antioch Discipleship Schools is the Activation Mission Trip where students get to share the love of Jesus in an international context and see God working around the world. We offer this mission trip after each school semester and ask all students to participate either after School of Transformation or after School of Ministry.

  • Approximate Dates: June 2019

  • Cost: Approximately $1,700 (not included in tuition)

  • Details: More details regarding dates, travel info, documents, packing lists, etc. for this trip will be available for students at the beginning of the school.

  • Trip Location: TBD (Likely Central/South America)

  • *Raising Funds: Students will be encouraged and given tools for raising support for their trip, but each student is responsible for raising their funds.

QUESTIONS?

Direct all School of Ministry related questions to us at ads@antiochdallas.org, call the church at (469) 563-2223.