I began my enrollment in Berean School of the Bible (Now Global University) through the Assemblies of God in 1987. My original intent was to focus on the Youth Ministry program enable me to be a Youth Minister. However, the progress was stalled due to attending college for Electronics Engineering and soon afterwards, joining the Air Force during the Gulf War.
After getting married in 1994, I restarted my ministerial studies in hopes that my wife and I would team up in Youth Ministry. Again to be delayed due to having two sons and working long hours to support my family. Due to the collapse of the technology bubble in 2001, I came to the conclusion that I needed to find a new career path. My focus turned to obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Business Management followed by a Masters in Business/Leadership Studies.
I am at the point in my life where I want to finish the program as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the Youth Ministerial program is no longer available and has been replaced with general ministry programs. Since the price of the program has greatly increased, I take the courses as funds are available.
Below is the progress that I have been making over the last 30 years:
Certified MinisterUpon completion of the Level One Ministerial Certificate, a student should possess the academic requirements to apply for Certified Minister status in the U.S. General Council of the Assemblies of God. This would include a working knowledge of Bible study methods, New Testament content, and Pentecostal doctrine. He or she should possess the basic skills needed to begin serving in a ministerial role in the local church.
|Christ in the Synoptic Gospels||Complete||01/18/88|
|Introduction to Pentecostal Doctrine||Complete||06/16/15|
|Acts: The Holy Spirit at Work in Believers||Complete||10/26/00|
|Prison Epistles: Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, and Philemon||Complete||07/29/94|
|Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Interpret the Bible||Complete||02/13/15|
|The Local Church in Evangelism||Complete||12/08/00|
|Assemblies of God History, Missions, and Governance||Complete||08/31/15|
|Relationships and Ethics in Ministry||Complete||02/13/15|
|Beginning Ministerial Internship||Complete||02/13/15|
Certified Minister Certificate Progress
Licensed MinisterUpon completion of Level Two Ministerial Certificate, a student should possess the academic requirements to apply for Licensed Minister status in the U.S. General Council of the Assemblies of God. This would include a mastery of specified Bible content, systematic theology, and ministry skills.
|Introduction to Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective||Complete||07/29/94|
|New Testament Survey||Complete||08/20/92|
|Old Testament Survey||Complete||01/10/94|
|Romans: Justification by Faith||Complete||10/26/00|
|Introduction to Homiletics||Complete||06/27/16|
|Eschatology: A Study of Things to Come||Complete||04/18/94|
|Introduction to Assemblies of God Missions||Complete||05/22/17|
|Conflict Management for Church Leaders||Complete||03/10/17|
|Intermediate Ministerial Internship|
Licensed Minister Certificate Progress
Ordained MinisterUpon completion of Level Three Ministerial Certificate, a student should possess the academic requirements to apply for Ordained Minister status in the U.S. General Council of the Assemblies of God. This would include mastery of several of the more difficult books of the Bible, advanced theological concepts, and administrative skills required for ministerial roles.
|Prayer and Worship|
|The Corinthian Correspondence|
|The Poetic Books|
|Preaching in the Contemporary World|
|Church Administration, Finance, and Law|
|Advanced Ministerial Internship|