Special COVID-19 Classes | Cursos Especiales debido al COVID-19

Because of the restrictions in the state of California, it is necessary to make adjustments to the schedule for SOM/CDM.  We will be working on changes month by month, until the restrictions are lifted and we can meet again on our campuses for classes.  

For the months of July and August, the School of Ministry is taking a summer break from all of our English classes. Our office staff is still open to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Please email us at schoolofministry@socalnetwork.org or call our office at 949-252-8400.

Debido a las restricciones en el estado de California, es necesario hacer ajustes al horario para el Colegio de Ministerio. Estaremos trabajando en los cambios mes a mes, hasta que se eliminen las restricciones y podamos reunirnos nuevamente en nuestras extensiones.

Como les mencionamos el mes pasado, tuvimos que hacer ajustes debido a las restricciones del estado de California.  Queremos informarles acera de las clasesque ofreceremos para los meses de julio/agosto/septiembre. Por estos meses, estaremos ofreciendo cursos solamente por Zoom.

  • 1ro, El Pastor George Winney enseñará el curso de “La Iglesia Ministrando en el Poder del Espíritu Santo.”
  • 2do, el Pastor Daniel Campbell enseñará el curso de “Escatología.”
  • Ambos cursos se reunirán el sábado, 18 de julio y 22 de agosto de 9am a 3pm. 

Curso especial:

  • 3ro, la Pastora Sandra Kazim, enseñara el curso de “Practica Ministerial 3:Consejería Pastoral.” Este curso se ofrecerá el sábado, 15 de agosto y 12 de septiembre de 9am a 3pm.

Por favor note que “Zoom” es una aplicación donde puede tener una conversación por medio de video llamada.  Para tomar uno de estos cursos necesita tener acceso a una computadora que tenga acceso al internet y que tenga una cámara o con su “Smart phone” (teléfono inteligente). 

Si no tiene acceso a una computadora, podría unirse con otro alumno que si tiene acceso para poder tomar la clase juntos.  Si necesita ayuda, por favor comuníquese con el coordinador de su extensión del CDM o a nuestra oficina.

Si gusta tomar uno de estos cursos, por favor pague su inscripción en línea o llame a nuestra oficina.  Si desea pagar su curso en dos pagos, por favor no se inscriba en línea y haga sus pagos por teléfono. Al pagar, recibirán una invitación a la reunión de Zoom de parte de nuestra oficina. Usted tendrá que leer el libro, completar el examen, y devolverlo a la oficina antes del 30 de septiembre del 2020. 

Si tienen preguntas, por favor manden un correo electrónico a: colegiodeministerio@socalnetwork.org. 

SoCal School Of Ministry


Have you ever felt the call of God to the ministry?  What does one do after receiving that call?  What is the next step?  How does one prepare themselves to fulfill that call?  The SoCal School of Ministry could be the answer to your prayers.  We believe that the call to the ministry should be just the beginning!

What Is SoCal School Of Ministry

Our mission is to assist people in exploring and preparing for the ministry to which God has called them in an easily accessible manner.

We offer classes for people pursuing ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God in English and Spanish. To see a list of the required courses for Assemblies of God ministerial credentials, click here.

We offer all the required education to be a certified, licensed, or ordained minister in English and Spanish at various locations throughout Southern California. For information and schedules for the Colegio de Ministerio (Spanish School of Ministry) click here.

We can help accelerate your journey toward obtaining ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God.

Additionally, studying in the SoCal School of Ministry could assist in obtaining a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Religion as our courses are accepted for credit at Vanguard University. For information regarding the agreement between the SoCal School of Ministry and Vanguard University click here.

Classes are offered throughout the month at different locations and with different schedules:


Bakersfield Campus - 2nd Friday and Saturday of the month. For the schedule, click here.

Fresno Campus - 1st  Friday and Saturday of the month. For the schedule, click here.

Imperial Campus - 1st Saturday of the month. Each course takes two months to complete. For the schedule, click here.

Orange County Campus - 3rd Friday and Saturday of the month. For the schedule, click here.

Los Angeles Campus - 4th Saturday of the month.  Each course takes two months to complete.  For the schedule, click here.

Riverside Campus - 2nd Saturday of the month. Each course takes two months to complete. For the schedule, click here.

San Diego Campus - 2nd Friday and Saturday of the month. For the schedule, click here.

Santa Maria Campus - 4th Saturday of the month. *Dates may vary*  Each course takes two months to complete.  For the schedule, click here.

Victorville Campus - 1st Friday and Saturday of the month. For the schedule, click here.


Bakersfield – 2nd Saturday of each month. Each course takes two months to complete. For the schedule click here.

Fillmore – 2nd Saturday of each month. Each course takes two months to complete. For the schedule click here.

Fresno – 1st Saturday of each month. Each course takes two months to complete. For the schedule click here.

Orange County – 3rd Saturday of each month. Each course takes two months to complete. For the schedule click here.

Why Is It Important?

The SoCal School of Ministry comes out of a vision to raise up a generation of ministers ready to take the Gospel to today’s world. In order to accomplish this, the SoCal School of Ministry is designed with the following in mind:

  • An approach that is big enough and broad enough to impact a diverse group of individuals in different life situations.
  • A system that will allow those already in ministry to move forward and continue their credential process all the way through to ordination and provide for continuing education.
  • An opportunity for mentoring by people already in ministry. SoCal School of Ministry students are mentored by their pastor or someone approved by him/her.

We believe that this can be a great resource if you are in any of the following situations:

  • Cannot go away to college.
  • Already are in mid-life.
  • Making a mid-life career change.
  • Already in ministry and needs to move towards ordination.
  • Desire to gain more Biblical Knowledge.
  • Want to explore God's call on your life.

If you’re looking for spiritual formation in an environment that respects your responsibilities and current ministry involvement, consider us.

If you want to influence, impact, inspire, and change the world in God’s power, please join us!

It’s convenient. Register for the class you would like to take. Attend the class on the days for which it is scheduled. Return home, meet with your pastor (or someone he/she approves), read the textbook, take an open book test, and return it to Network Campus. That’s it! You will have completed a required course for Assemblies of God ministerial credentials.

How Much Does It Cost?

$50.00 – A one-time student enrollment fee. To download the form click here. To enroll online click here.

$129.00 – Per class which includes textbook, testing and all other fees and costs. To register for a course click here.

$145.00 – Cost of class if registering within two weeks of first class day.

$50.00 – Per class if you desire to audit and receive a textbook.

$50.00 – Per class if you desire to audit the class and are currently an ordained minister still desire a textbook, grade, and transcript.

$20.00 – Per class if you simply desire to audit.

If registering online, registration must be completed by 12:00 midnight, two weeks prior to class to avoid the late fee.

Requests for refunds for any fees paid will be subject to the SoCal School of Ministry refund policy. To view the refund policy click here.

Will It Make A Difference?

Regardless of whether you are pursuing your certified credential, your license, or even your ordination, or just interested in developing your Bible knowledge and ministry skills, there will be classes available for you to continue that journey. Just being IN ministry is not enough. We should show ourselves as people who are learners and people who value the incredible call that God has placed on our lives for ministry.

Ordination Investment

Our goal for you upon enrolling in the SoCal School of Ministry is to have you move forward until you are an ordained Assemblies of God minister. Becoming ordained is so vital that we, as a Network, want to invest in you. We believe this education will not only benefit you, it will benefit the local church in which you serve, our network, and the church at large. In order to encourage you to continue your education and to become ordained, we will refund to you all the tuition fees that you have paid while enrolled in the SoCal School of Ministry upon ordination in the SoCal Network.

Disclaimer: Completing the SoCal School of Ministry is not a guarantee that you will receive your Ordination with the Assemblies of God. You must still go through the process required for approval.

Transfer Credit To Vanguard University

Vanguard University (VUSC) is willing to award academic credit upon completion of study in the SoCal School of Ministry along with the awarding of ministerial credentials in two different academic programs:

Master of Theological Studies - SoCal School of Ministry courses will meet the pre-requisite required religion courses for entry into the VUSC Graduate Program in Religion.

School of Professional Studies – VUSC will award up to 27 units of academic credit toward a B.A. degree in Vanguard University’s School of Professional Studies (nine per credential level) upon successful completion of the prescribed course of study at the SoCal School of Ministry and the conferment of the corresponding ministerial credential by the General Council of the Assemblies of God.

Additionally Vanguard University offers a 25% discount for all qualified SOM graduates enrolling in the professional studies program: Bachelor of Arts in Religion, with a concentration in Ministry and Leadership. For additional information click here or contact the Vanguard University School of Professional Studies.

What Classes Do I Need


Life and Teaching of Christ

Introduction to Pentecostal Theology


The Prison Epistles

How to Interpret the Bible

The Local Church and Evangelism

A/G History, Missions, and Polity

Relationships and Ethics in Ministry

Ministerial Practicum 1: Introduction

A Spirit-Empowered Church


Bible Doctrines: A Pentecostal Perspective

New Testament Survey

Old Testament Survey I

Old Testament Survey II


Homiletics I: Introduction to Preaching

Homiletics II: Preaching Practicum (Ministerial Practicum 2: Preaching)

Eschatology: A Pentecostal Perspective

Conflict Management for Church Leaders

A/G Missions: Philosophy and Practice

Effective Church Leadership


Theology of Prayer and Worship

1 and 2 Corinthians


Introduction to Wisdom Literature

Preaching in the 21st Century

Church Administration

Pastoral Theology

Ministerial Practicum: Pastoral Counseling

Contact Information

If you have any questions or would like further information regarding the SoCal School of Ministry, please feel free to call or email:

Brenton Fessler - 949.252.8400 ext.257 - bfessler@socalnetwork.org

Wendy Angeles - 949.252.8400 ext.249 - colegiodeministerio@socalnetwork.org

Tracie Gutel - 949.252.8400 ext.232 - schoolofministry@socalnetwork.org

Exam Submissions - somexams@socalnetwork.org

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Discipling Future Ministers

The Youth School of Ministry is designed to help the local church provide training and discipleship for high school juniors and seniors who feel called to ministry or who want to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, the church, and ministry.


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