Ohio School of Ministry Classes
Reminder: If you are taking courses with the sole purpose of becoming credentialed with the AG and you and/or your spouse have had a previous divorce(s), please contact the Network Secretary’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must have approval of you and/or your spouses divorce(s) before you are allowed to pursue credentials. We would highly encourage you to begin this process before starting courses. If you are only taking courses for the purpose of training and do not have interest in becoming a credentialed minister, the divorce process is not required.
Touchstone Course – Annually in March
Any new students taking three or more courses through OSOM starting September 2016, must take the Touchstone course in order to graduate from OSOM, (whichever level they are completing), which is typically offered each spring. In order to graduate from OSOM at any level, the Touchstone course must be completed prior to finishing the ordained courses, or within two years of the desired level of courses. It is recommended that students take the Touchstone course during the Certified level. This is not a credentialing requirement, but a requirement to graduate from any level of OSOM. In addition, if a student wants to pursue an accredited degree through the SEU Ohio Campus, the graduation certificate will be a requirement. Students should note that graduating from OSOM strengthens how the Presbytery views their educational background.
The following tracks/courses are part of OSOM CEU (Continuing Education Units), which are courses designed to take the learning into deeper areas of study based on ministry and interest.
This course combines elements of Small Group 101, 201, and 301 training to aid small group leaders and pastors in establishing healthy small group environments. Aligning small group structure to the mission and vision of the church; supporting the development of where meaningful and lasting relationships, and creating a pipeline of leaders is also addressed.
Required Reading: Creating Community: Five Keys to Building a Small Group Culture, by Andy Stanley and Bill Willits, published 2004 by Multnomah
Children’s Ministry Track
Executive Leadership Track
Learn about the manuscripts evidence
Learn about the history of the transmission of the GNT from the Textus Receptus onward…
Learn about various codex, like Siniaiticus, Vacticanus, and more…
Develop a basic working understanding of textual criticism (bad phrase for good purpose)
Learn how the experts rate and analyze the text
Practice on a few Major Textual Variants
You do not need to know Greek to take this course.
Church Life Track
Church Life Resources is a vehicle which provides a lead pastor and the team serving around him understanding and insight into 15 key systems of the local church. These key systems are applicable in every church setting regardless of their dogma or style of ministry or worship.
The church is not a franchise nor a one size fits all, but there are some key systems and functions which every church needs to be healthy. These systems and functions, some of which are prayer, worship, assimilation, discipleship, outreach, finances, are presented by a team of trained consultants.
The Church Life Model offers church leaders a fresh perspective on the commonly known functions of the local church. Most people find very few of the concepts in this model as new information; however they find the strategic placement and integration of these concepts within the schema captivating. When the pastor and church engage in a God inspired systemic approach to ministry, leaders begin to respect and become more aware of the multi-functional synergy of the local church.
Each class will have a recommended book to read, “The Church Life Model“ by Wayne and Sherry Lee. We will also ask you to read and complete a book critique on each of the four books you read. These will come from a recommended reading list provided as part of the syllabus.
The OSOM Church Life Module consists of the following four courses:
Church Life 101- Leadership/Management
Church Life 102- Spiritual Life (Preaching/Teaching & Worship)
Church Life 103- Spiritual Community and Ministries (Assimilation & Care)
Church Life 104- Discipleship and Outreach
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