What do we want to accomplish with the school?

We want our school of leadership to serve as an intense discipleship tool for Sioux Falls First with institute level courses that both challenges and equips the students.

Is there any value to the classroom experience instead of doing the courses on my own?

We believe the value in our classes is found both in our facilitators and students as we strive to achieve the missional DNA of Sioux Falls First: Leading Life Change.

I feel like I need to do and learn more, but do all students really need hermeneutics?

Our desire is that the theory and practical ministry will blend so that our students are able to live a life of everyday ministry wherever they might be. We will provide tools to engage both intellectually and practically in our culture.

What level of discipleship is this meant to cover?

This is not a level 1 for new believers, but a set of classes for firm believers looking to engage their world with deeper knowledge and practical ministry steps.

What are student expectations? Do I really need to come to all the classes?

We will ask that students not miss class unless it is an emergency, you are on a mission’s trip, serving in a ministry, or for a preapproved reason. We do this to stress the importance of commitment to the class and to each other. This is relational learning as much as personal growth. You are not committing to a teacher, but a process that God will use to help shape your character. We will also require you to be serving in a ministry at Sioux Falls First, and that you find a mentor, and become a mentor.

What Courses will the 1st track cover?
  • BIB 114 Christ in the Synoptic Gospels – Practical: Christ in Community
  • THE 114 Introduction to Pentecostal Doctrine – Practical:       Role of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives and ministry
  • BIB 115 Acts: The Holy Spirit at Work in Believers – Practical:       Spiritual Gifts
  • BIB 117 Prison Epistles: Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, and Philemon – Practical: Trials and Suffering
  • MIN 123 The Local Church in Evangelism – Practical: How to evangelize
  • BIB 121 Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Interpret the Bible – Practical: How to study the bible and apply what you learn
  • MIN 181 Relationships and Ethics in Ministry – Practical:       Effective mentoring
  • THE 211 Introduction to Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective – Practical: Spiritual Warfare (A balanced perspective)
  • BIB 212 New Testament Survey – Practical: Spiritual Disciplines (Celebration of Discipline book)
Who are the instructors?

We have done our best to offer a wide range of instructors with knowledge and wisdom to help equip you for the work of the Ministry. They are Pastor Ron Traub, Pastor Dianne Beard, Pastor Lyndle DeCamp, Missionary Mike Waldner, Evangelist Kit Murray, and (soon to be Phd.) Barb Elkjer.

What does it cost?

There are 9 courses total. Each course costs $100 each. There is also a 1 time $30 new student fee for Global University Berean School of the Bible due with the application.

What are the overriding principles?
  1. Discipleship happens in mentorship.
  2. Discipleship involves everyone on every level.
  3. Students must be involved in a ministry so that training can be put into action.
  4. A true discipleship program is about preparing spiritual warriors, not church entertainers.

If these principles are not something you believe in, then this might not be the avenue of discipleship for you. We will ask a lot of the students, but that is because we believe this program can help launch leaders that God can use to change their world!

When does it begin? When does the 1st track end?

Our initial launch for the 1st class is March 5th at 9AM. Classes will run each Sunday morning from 9 to 10:30AM. The final class be on April 22nd, 2018, with a celebration for those who completed all of the 1st track classes taking place on April 29th, 2018.