SoCal School of Ministry Course Descriptions

Certified Minister Credential Level Courses

Assemblies of God History, Missions, and Polity

This course provides an overview of the organizational structure, history, and theology of the U.S. Assemblies of God with a more in-depth consideration of the structure, policies, and practices of the Southern California District Council. Also included is consideration of the philosophy and practice of Assembly of God missions.

Equivalent to A/G History, Missions & Governance

The Book of Acts

This course is a study of the New Testament book of Acts from a Pentecostal perspective. The growth of the church from Jerusalem to Rome, empowered by the Holy Spirit, will be analyzed Emphasis will be placed on the baptism in the Holy Spirit in the early church as presented in Acts with application to its place in the life of the believer today.

Equivalent to Acts: The Holy Spirit at work in Believers (Berean School of the Bible)

How to Interpret the Bible

This course is basic training in learning to understand and use the Bible in Christian ministry. The course includes the study of the principles for interpreting the Bible and hands-on practice in applying them.

Equivalent to Intro to Hermeneutics: How to Interpret the Bible (Berean School of the Bible)

Introduction to Pentecostal Theology

This course will examine the person, work, and ministry of the Holy Spirit from an Assemblies of God perspective. Questions to be considered include: Who is the Holy Spirit? What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of people? What is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and how does one know when he/she has received it? How does one live a Spirit-filled life in the 21st Century?

Equivalent to Intro to Pentecostal Doctrine or the Holy Spirit (Berean School of the Bible)

The Life and Teachings of Christ

This course consists of a study of the life and teachings of Christ as presented in the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Attention will be given to the historical, secular context in which He lived in order to assist in understanding the events of His life and teachings.

Equivalent to Synoptic Gospels: The Life & Teachings of Christ (Berean School of the Bible)

The Local Church in Evangelism

God's plan is for the local church to be the key for reaching its community and the world. This course will examine the Biblical basis for evangelism, beginning with the Great Commission, and the role of the Holy Spirit in evangelism. Consideration will also be given to Jesus' and the Apostles' evangelistic methods along with the importance and process of discipling new believers. The importance of the pastor's role in evangelism will be examined as well.

Equivalent to Berean School of the Bible: The Local Church in Evangelism (Berean School of the Bible)

Ministerial Practicum 1

This course involves a practical, hands-on consideration of some of the basic components of a minister's life. Included is a look at the call to and gifting for ministry, financial and legal aspects of being a minister, weddings, funerals, hospital visits, and the minister's devotional life. Included also is a discussion of ministerial accountability.

Equivalent to Beginning Ministerial Internship (Berean School of the Bible)

The Prison Epistles

This course examines in detail the New Testament books of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. It includes consideration of the setting in which the books were written as well as the purpose for which they were written. Attention will be given to the application of the message of these books in the life of believers today.

Equivalent to Prison Epistles: Ephesians, Colossians, Phillipians & Philemon (Berean School of the Bible)

Relationships and Ethics in Ministry

This course examines the relationships that form the substance of a minister's life and how to appropriately develop and maintain them. Included is his/her relationship with God, family, parishioners, and the community at larger. The focus of the course will be how the minister should conduct him or herself in such a way that will bring honor and glory to God.

Equivalent to Relationships & Ethics in Ministry (Berean School of the Bible)

A Spirit-Empowered Church

To produce a spiritually, flourishing church requires a biblical, comprehensive, strategic plan empowered by the Spirit.  This course looks at the strategic plan found in the Book of Acts chapter 2 and focuses on developing spirit-empowered disciples who will be involved with the five essential functions of a church as found there: connect, grow, serve, go and worship.


Licensed Minister Level Courses

A/G Missions: Philosophy and Practice

The foundation of the Assemblies of God was built on a very strong missions philosophy that is still influencing the denomination today. This course is an introduction to the history, theology, philosophy, and practice of missions in the Assemblies of God. Attention will be given to the incredible growth of the Assemblies of God worldwide and the reasons for it.

Equivalent to Introduction to A/G Missions (Berean School of the Bible)

Bible Doctrines: A Pentecostal Perspective

The Assemblies of God has emphasized the importance of its doctrine as essential for a basis of unity since its adoption in 1916 as a response to theological issues that arose in the newly formed fellowship. This course will study the "Statement of Fundamental Truths" of the Assemblies of God, their biblical basis, and their application to the lives of believers.

Equivalent to Intro to Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective (Berean School of the Bible)

The Book of Romans

This course examines in detail the New Testament book of Romans. The focus will be on the major themes the Apostle Paul develops as he presents the Gospel to the believers in Rome.

Equivalent to Romans: Justification by Faith

Conflict Management for Church Leaders

This course examines how to manage and resolve conflict in the local church in a Biblical manner. Attention will be given to the tools needed to see conflict resolved successful and how ones leadership style will affect the process.

Equivalent to Conflict Management for Church Leaders (Berean School of the Bible)

Effective Church Leadership

This course seeks to further the development of Christian leaders by understanding Biblical models of leadership, knowing the patterns of spiritual leadership development, applying situational leadership skills, and defining his/her role in the missions of the church.

Equivalent to Effective Leadership (Berean School of the Bible)

Eschatology: A Pentecostal Perspective

This course consists of a Biblical study of end-time events from a Pentecostal perspective beginning with death and the intermediate state. Various views of the end time events are compared and contrasted.

Equivalent to Eschatology: A Study of Things to Come (Berean School of the Bible)

Homiletics I: Introduction

This course is a basic study of the principles of preaching in a Pentecostal context. It examines various techniques of sermon preparation and delivery including the different types of sermons, the sources of materials, the construction of sermon components, and conducting the audience response. Attention will be given to the importance of interpreting the Bible appropriately in sermon preparation.

Equivalent to Introduction to Homiletics (Berean School of the Bible)

Homiletics II: Preaching Practicum

The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for both beginning and seasoned preachers to deliver a message (just a part) and receive the comments of the instructor as well as the other students.

Equivalent to Intermediate Ministerial Internship (Berean School of the Bible)

New Testament Survey

This course is an introduction to the books included in the canon of the New Testament and their relationship to each other in the historical setting in which they were created. Attention will also be given to the history of the intertestamental period that formed the New Testament world.

Equivalent to New Testament Survey (Berean School of the Bible)

Old Testament Survey

This course is an introduction to the books included in the canon of the Old Testament and their relationship to each other. Attention will be given to the history of the Jewish nation from Abraham until the end of the prophetic period.

Equivalent to Old Testament Survey (Berean School of the Bible)


Ordination Minister Level Courses

1 & 2 Corinthians

Paul's epistles to the believers in Corinth dealt with difficulties that continue to be an issue for the Church today. This course will examine the Corinthian correspondence to discover what it meant to first century believers for the purpose of being able to apply its principles in twenty-first century situations.

Equivalent to The Corinthian Correspondence (Berean School of the Bible)

Church Administration

It is important to realize that today a local church must also function as a business. This course is an overview of how business principles and procedures should be implemented in the local church in order for it to be able to fulfill successfully its mission. Financial and legal issues will be considered as well.

Equivalent to Church Administration, Finance and Law (Berean School of the Bible)


This course is an in-depth study of the Old Testament book of Judges and the period in the life of the Jewish nation that it describes. Attention will be given to the Jewish nation's response to surrounding cultures and lessons for the Church in an increasing pluralistic society. The author's creative story-telling techniques will be examined in order to appreciate fully the book's persuasive intention.

Introduction to Wisdom Literature

The wisdom literature constitutes a major part of the Old Testament. This course is a study of the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs to provide a foundation for their use in the life of the believer today. Additionally, their application in the church will be considered.

Equivalent to The Poetic Books: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (Berean School of the Bible)

Ministerial Practicum 3

This course consists of an introduction to biblical/pastoral counseling, with a primary focus on the role of the pastor in providing counseling ministry within the context of the church community. It will explore the role and responsibilities of being a pastoral counselor that integrates theological understandings and psychological insights for counseling. The course will help church leaders develop a pastoral counseling strategy for helping people deal with an array of life's issues and needs, while considering helpful ways to stay spiritually/emotionally healthy and to avoid certain hazards in pastoral counseling.

Equivalent to Advanced Ministerial Internship

Pastoral Theology

This course is a theological and practical study of the pastoral ministry in the local church from a Pentecostal perspective. Included is consideration of the importance of setting priorities in the pastor's personal and family life and how to function as pastor in order for the church to be healthy and reach its community. The role of accountability at all levels will be emphasized as well.

Equivalent to Pastoral Ministry (Berean School of the Bible)

Preaching in the 21st Century

How does a preacher develop a sermon that will connect with his/her audience resulting in changed behavior while at the same time maintaining fidelity to the Bible as the Word of God? This course will consider the issue of how to create relevant and effective sermons in the United States that is rapidly growing post-Christian.

Equivalent to Preaching in the Contemporary World (Berean School of the Bible)

Theology of Prayer and Worship

This course is an examination of the Biblical literature on prayer and worship from a Pentecostal perspective with the goal of assisting the student in developing his/her relationship with God. Individual and corporate prayer and worship will be considered with application to the life of the Church in today's world.

Equivalent to Prayer and Worship (Berean School of the Bible)

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