School Of Ministry

School Of Ministry

Promoting lifelong devotion to Christ and to others.

Ministry diakonia – grk. to render assistance or help by performing certain duties, often of a humble or menial nature.

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“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.” – Ephesians 4:11-13.

In the School of Ministry, you will receive instruction regarding your life with Christ, your service to others, and living out your faith in the world at large. Challenged to apply what you learn as you serve the congregation, you will grow closer to God and your brothers and sisters in Christ.



(Semesters are independent – you can join in the fall OR in the spring. There is a discount if you pay for both semesters at one time.)

First Semester

July 31– Last Day to Register
August 11-12 – Orientation Retreat
August 13 – First Day of Classes
October 31 – Serve all day at Harvest Party
November 22-24 – Thanksgiving Vacation
December 10 – Last Day to Register – 2nd Semester
December 17 – Last Day of 1st Semester

Second Semester

(December 10 – Last Day to Register – 2nd Semester)
January 6 – 2nd Semester Orientation (new students only)
January 7 – First Day of 2nd Semester Classes
March 2 – Online Bible Study Tools Workshop
April 20-21 – 
Serve all day – Easter Services
April 27 – May 4 – Simplified Greek Seminar
May 11 – 
Last Day of Class
May 19 – Certificates Awarded & Graduation Dinner
May 20-24– Missions Trip
May 24-26– Vision-Casting Retreat

 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19, 20.

Cost is $1080 for both semesters (about $120/month) or $600/semester if paid separately and includes the missions trip, retreat and curriculum. (Students will be responsible for travel and passport costs.) Payment plans are available upon approval.

Curriculum (All materials are included in school fees):

Inductive Bible Study Seminar
Simplified Greek Seminar
Chosen But Free (Geisler)
Conformed to His Image (Boa)
Church History for Modern Ministry (Hartman)
Tactics (Koukl)
What They Didn’t Teach You in Seminary (White)
In Light of Eternity (Chan)
Bible From 30,000 Feet (Heitzig)

“They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, the fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer.” – Acts 2:42.

Click Below to hear Bob Simon’s teaching on 1st John.

Esta presentación está diseñada para enseñar el propósito y la organización de 1 Juan. El propósito de la carta es que el creyente aprenda cómo tener comunión con Dios y con los demás. El apóstol Juan enseña que para tener comunión con Dios es necesario tres cosas: el amor, una fe verdadera, y la obediencia. No es posible separar estas tres virtudes, porque están entrelazadas como las tres hebras de un lazo. Remover cualquier de las tres debilita el laso y lo vuelve inútil. Así que el creyente que quiere tener comunión con Dios y con los demás debe cultivar estas tres: el amor, una fe verdadera, y la obediencia a Dios.

 English translation:

This presentation is designed to teach the purpose and organization of 1 John. The purpose of the letter is that believers learn how to have communion with God and with others. The Apostle John teaches that three things are necessary in order to have communion with God: love, true faith, and obedience. It is not possible to separate these three virtues, because they are entwined together like the three strands in a rope. Removing one of the three weakens the rope and it becomes useless. Thus the believer who desires communion with God and with others must cultivate these three: love, true faith, and obedience to God.


1. Maintain a personal devotional life, including prayer and Scripture Reading, throughout School of Ministry.

2. Participate in one Worship service per week, keeping a Sermon Notebook.

All students will participate in congregational worship Sunday mornings during 1st service (Saturday night or online if serving at a multi-site location).

3. Actively serve in a church ministry at CWC.

The classroom discussions are designed to incorporate your experiences in regular ministry to the body of Christ at Calvary Worship Center. Students will rotate through serving in at least four different ministry areas (Youth, Children’s Ministry, AV/Media, and Service – Ushers/Greeters/Parking Lot/Life Center/wherever needed) to learn to minister in different areas of church life. Ministry rotations will be during the 2ndtwo services every Sunday for those serving at CWC-Westside. Those serving at a multi-site will attend the full time from set-up through tear-down as set by the multi-site campus pastor.

4. Attend School of Ministry Classes, whichare held 2 days per week:

Monday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, and

Sunday mornings, 6:30 – 8:00 am.

5. Complete assigned reading & homework. 

You will read, on average, 12-20 pages per day total, for 5 days per week, to keep up with classroom discussions for Monday and Sunday classes. That is 60-120 pages of reading per week. You will probably spend 5-10 hours reading and completing assigned homework every week. It is expected that you will complete your reading assignment before coming to class. Discussions will be based on the reading for that week. For example: Before Monday, September 9, it is expected that all students will have read the first assigned pages in Chosen But Free to prepare for the first lecture from that book.

6. Attend & serve at once monthly Wednesday night L1fe Nights at CWC.

7.  Other Service– All participants in the School of Ministry are expected to serve for preparation and all day (if needed) at the Harvest Festival and Easter Weekend.

8. Accountability– All students will meet regularly with Pastor Shay for help identifying their passion and vision for ministry. In addition, class homework will be assigned a letter grade, and pass/fail grades will be assigned for sermon notebooks and service/event attendance.

9. Conferences & Retreats– Attend the Orientation (8/11-12) and Vision-Casting Retreat (May 24-26).

10. Mission Trip– Participate in a mission trip from 5/20-24. (If work or other circumstances do not allow for travel, there will also be a local option upon approval.)