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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 credentialing@ohioministry.net. 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 – Offered every other year in the spring (next offering 2019)

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 every other 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.


A detailed study of the origin and development of the apostolic church. The course emphasizes the church’s mission in its proclamation of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Included is an overview of Paul’s missionary journeys.
A study of the historical development and governing policies of the Assemblies of God. The Fellowship’s history in America and its worldwide missions program is told through stories of the personalities involved. Includes a study of the ecclesiastical structure of the Assemblies of God, with particular attention to the General Council Constitution and Bylaws in relation to credentialed ministers, local churches, district councils, the General Council, and doctrines and practices that are approved and disapproved.

An examination of the moral principles governing human conduct in light of the teachings of Scripture. Special attention is given to the minister’s personal and professional code of ethics, and contemporary personal and social issues.

An introduction to various methods of Bible study, with special attention given to basic principles of scriptural interpretation. Emphasis is placed on devotional aspects of study for personal edification.
An introduction to theology (its meaning and purpose) and historic Christian doctrines. Emphasis will be placed upon the Statement of Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God as the framework for this study.
A study of the life and teachings of Jesus as recorded in the gospels and in light of the historical, cultural, and geographical settings of the first century. The course emphasizes the ministry of John the Baptist, the proclamation of the Kingdom of God, the miracles and parables of Jesus, the passion, the resurrection, and messianic titles.
A study of the contemporary history and practice of evangelism in the church, with an emphasis on the techniques and methods used in personal witnessing. The course also trains students in the art of lifestyle evangelism.
An exegetical study of the books of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, & Philemon. Highlighted is the theme of the glory of God in Christ and the believer’s high calling to life in Christ.
To gain competence in performing sacerdotal functions by planning and/or participating in and/or observing and evaluating a funeral, wedding, baptism and communion under the guidance of a mentor.


A study devoted to the resolution of conflict in the local church. The reasons for churches becoming unhealthy and how God wants to heal them are examined. The lordship of Jesus Christ and His methodology in resolving conflict form the basis of this study.
An advanced study of the doctrine of last things, including topics such as death, resurrection and rapture, views of the tribulation, millennial views, judgment, and the final state of the righteous and the wicked.
A study dealing with sermon delivery that provides a hands-on approach to developing sermon preparation skills. The course content addresses audience analysis, the speaker’s physical appearance, gestures, credibility, voice usage, and personality.
A study of the theology, history, and methods of Christian missions in general and within the Assemblies of God. There is emphasis on recent trends and developments, critical issues, and missions as they are carried out through national and local churches.
An introduction to theology and a detailed study of the following theological areas: Biblioligy, Theology Proper, Christology, Anthropology, Soteriology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, Angelology, and Eschatology.
A study of the principles of leadership, applicable to all phases of life and ministry. Practical applications are offered to help students use these principles in the local church situation.
An overview of the books of the New Testament, emphasizing the key facts and teachings of each book. Applications to contemporary life and ministry are included.
A study of the books of the Old Testament, acquainting the student with key facts in each book. The development of God’s plan of redemption throughout the Old Testament canon is highlighted.
A practical study of Paul’s letter to the Romans. The course deals with the book’s background and its relation to the rest of Paul’s writings. The book’s relevance to everyday Christian living is a featured theme.
To gain competence in an area that occupies or will occupy a significant or central role in church administration, biblical counseling, person finance, and benevolence.


A study of American ecclesiastical law, addressing contemporary legal issues affecting churches and ministers.
An expository study of First and Second Corinthians. Highlighted are Paul’s responses to the problems afflicting the Corinthian church, the appropriate operation of the gifts of the Spirit within the congregation, and Paul’s views of Christian character and ministry.
A study of the Old Testament books of poetry and prophecy. These books cover issues like suffering, parenting, and the fear of the Lord, teaching us how to live.
A study of the practical aspects of pastoral ministry, including the pastor’s call, preaching, teaching, church leadership, family life, and more.
An in-depth study of the first five books of the Old Testament. Highlighting God’s personal relationship with His creation and the loving covenants made with His people, the study examines the Pentateuch’s revelation of God’s character and the requirements for relationship with Him.
A study of biblical prayer stressing the importance and impact of prayer in contemporary life and ministry, and an exploration of the scriptural and theological foundations for individual and corporate praise and worship.
The principles, process, and problems of communicating from one culture to another. Special attention is given to the development of attitudes and methods enabling effective communication of the gospel to people in other cultures.
To gain competence in an area that occupies or will occupy a significant or central role in strategic planning, pulpit/public ministry, church finance, and vision.

This course will explore leading women throughout Biblical history. This class will use the book and workbook, written by Dr. Deborah Gill & Barbara Cavaness, to discover the cultural contexts in which women were mightily used by God. Discussion will also cover the famously quoted Timothy passages and what Paul’s intent was behind those instructions.


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

Kelly Norris unpacks OMN’s Online Learning Portal in a demonstration to show how this customizable, flexible and scalable tool can take your ministry and church to the next level. Disciple people, train leaders and empower volunteers to strengthen your church’s foundation and expand your training beyond the walls of your church facility. Why reinvent the wheel? This collaborative, cloud-based and mobile-friendly tool gives you the flexibility to share and build content from other Ohio churches.

What will I walk away with?

  • A Simple, Reproduce-able Mentoring Model that is Relational, Growth and Goal Centered.
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Mentoring Sessions
  • An Overview of the Types, Stages, Cycles and Dynamics of Mentoring
  • An Understanding of How to Create and Leverage Urgency towards Transformation
  • Access to Mentors in the Mentoring Task Force

Children’s Ministry Track

This class is designed to give basic foundational help for setting up and running a solid children’s ministry program in your church. It covers everything from having a vision for your ministry and recruiting leaders, to creating a safe environment so that children can begin to grow and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Children’s ministry is much more than simply teaching children, it also includes developing and leading volunteers and parents. During this class, the basic skill sets needed to help one become an effective Christian leader are presented.
During this class, the many methods for teaching children with be explored, including everything from clowning and ballooning, to object lessons, storytelling, and much more. This class will help students discover creative ways to lead children into an encounter with a living God.
Today’s children face a variety of challenges. During this class, we examine what today’s child looks like and the ways in which leaders can lead them to a personal relationship with Christ.

Executive Leadership Track

In this course you will:
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.

The term postmodern is used in a variety of ways: to refer to developments in art and architecture, in contemporary culture general, in Continental philosophy and in English language philosophy and thinking particularly as Millennials take positions of leadership in the world. This course focuses on the last of these – radical changes in philosophical views of knowledge, language, human nature, and causation. The point of this course is to demonstrate how the postmodern view is difficult to minister to but perhaps much more hospitable to the Christian faith if new approaches can be forged in theology, biblical study and ministry presentation. We will look at some philosophy from Descartes to Macintyre, talk about the changing reality of individuals and communities, dialog about radical changes in philosophical ways people view information, language, causation and its effects on ministry. We will also discuss outreach to nominals and post-modernists.
This course provides an introduction to the most important themes and movements in American church history from the Puritians to the present. The study of the American church places the AG in the context of the pluralistic, cultural, and scientific, and religious forces that continue to shape contemporary American life, including capitalism, the ecumenical movement, the impact of slavery and racial tension, and the new sects and cults. The modern missionary movement arose among the English speaking people of North American and Great Britain and as a result, American movements as diverse as Fundamentalism and Neo-orthoxy reached far afield and profoundly influenced Protestants in such distant lands as Korea and Indonesia. Religion in the US became inextricably tied to American culture, especially among Baptists in the South and Catholics in the West.

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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Who is Jesus?

More than two thousand years ago God sent Jesus Christ into this world. He became one of us, but he did nothing wrong. He showed us what God is like – merciful and kind. He healed the sick people, the blind were made to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk. Some people followed him, and to them he gave a new way of life – God’s way. But others hated Him because He was so good, and he exposed their evil ways.

He gave his own life as a sacrifice, a payment for our sins. He died on the cross to save us. Three days after he died, Jesus Christ came back from the dead. Now He lives in the power of an endless life to meet your need, to be your Saviour, to forgive your sins. Jesus Christ is the only one who can do this for you.

Why We Exist

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