What exactly is the School of Ministry? Pastor Chris Brown explains….


What is the North Coast Church School of Ministry?

The North Coast School of Ministry is designed as a two year program that offers training in specific areas of ministry, along with courses in leadership, life skills, and the Bible. The School of Ministry focuses on teaching ministry skills through the participation in the ministry at North Coast Church, while providing skills to equip the student for life.

Who is this program for (who can apply?)

This program is primarily open to dedicated Christian adults between the ages of 18 and 25 years old, who desire to be a fully committed follower of Christ.

What are the benefits of the program?

This program offers the flexibility for an individual to train in a specific area of ministry interest, participate in an internship, learn essential, practical and applicable life skills, develop leadership skills, and be exposed to basic Bible classes. A student can attend college, have an outside job, meet family obligations, and/or pursue a career in ministry while attending the North Coast Church School of Ministry.

What are the elements of program?

Students will attend Bible, life skills, and leadership classes once a week for two (2) hours; participate in a ministry practicum; work in ministry; attend the Jordan; and attend a Growth Group. In addition, students will meet with a Life Coach, a person who is specifically assigned to provide focus, guidance, input, and feedback, every 4 to 6 weeks (a minimum of 6 times a year).

For which areas of ministry specialization does the program offer training?

The School of Ministry will provide training specifically in Worship, Information Technology, Media Production, Creative Film and Photo Design, Youth and Children’s Ministries.

What is the commitment of time?

Students will be required to attend classes for two hours once a week; participate in ministry practicum; Serve in ministry each week; attend the Jordan; enroll in a Life Group; and attend church regularly. The program commitment is approximately 10 to 20 hours a week. In addition, students will meet with their Life Coach every 4-6 weeks (6 times a year, minimum).

What are the prerequisites of the program?

The only program prerequisites are a high school diploma and/or GED, and a desire to be a fully committed follower of Christ.

How much does the North Coast Church School of Ministry cost?

The cost of the School of Ministry is $1000/year. This cost does not include college tuition and expenses (if the individual chooses to enroll in a program). Additional costs could also include the expense of the college mission trip and an optional trip to Israel every year.

How long will the program take?

This is designed to be a two year program.

What if I can only attend one year?

You will be allowed to attend one year, if that is what best suits your needs. Although this program would be extremely worthwhile if you choose to attend only one year, it would, however, be most beneficial to attend the full two years.

Can I receive college credit?

Classes at the North School of Ministry are not accredited; however, students are encouraged to enroll in a program at an accredited college or university while attending the School of Ministry.

When do classes meet?

Each calendar year, you will have three ten-week sessions; your “core” School of Ministry class will meet every Thursday afternoon from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Your ministry practicum class will be scheduled in addition to that; the day and time depends on your area of specialization.

How do I apply?

There is an application available here; fill out the application and return it with two personal recommendations, one of which is a Pastoral Recommendation, to: Katie Johnson, Director of the North Coast School of Ministry.

When is the application deadline?

February 28, 2019 for the Fall Session of the 2019-2020 school year.

How will my success in the program be measured?

Student success will be measured by participation in all of the program components; successful completion of ministry practicum; attendance in the life skills, Bible, and leadership classes; participation in the Jordan, a Life Group, and regular church attendance; and fulfillment of ministry obligations.

What are my options after completion of this program?

At the completion of this program, it is our intention that the School of Ministry students will be prepared to lead in ministry. It is our desire that students will have a clear direction as to what their calling is, and how they want to serve in ministry. Through the experiences in ministry, participation in life skills and leadership classes, and the exposure to basic Bible classes, students will have a solid foundation to determine “next steps” in their Christian careers, will be ready to go to a four year university, and ready to be employed in a church ministry.