The PennDel School of Ministry is a convenient, fast-track, less expensive way that a person can satisfy the academic requirements for credentials with the Assemblies of God.
You may enroll online, using your credit card for payment. Then, you will order your textbook from the source of your choice. You will have approximately one month to read the text and complete the Study Guide. You will then attend a one-day class, pass your exam, and you will have completed that course toward the requirements for your credentials.
You can submit a transcript from the other Bible school and your case will be studied on its own individual merit. Berean College courses will always be accepted, provided your grade was passing.
No, courses can be taken at any time they are offered. You can even jump into the cycle in mid-stream, if you miss the first enrollment. However, the courses have been arranged logically in the best order to be taken. Example: The very first course is Hermeneutics, the art of proper scripture interpretation. We feel that a student should know how to “rightly divide the Word of truth” before diving into an intense study of it.
The Bethlehem campus classes meet on the FIRST Saturday of each month (Sept-June).
The Irwin and Philadelphia campus classes meet on the SECOND Saturday of each month (Sept- June).
The Camp Hill campus classes meet on the THIRD Saturday of each month (Sept- June).
Every effort will be made to adhere to this schedule. However, serious calendar conflicts may occasionally require adjusting this schedule. Advance notice will be given whenever this is necessary.
A complete list of courses and the dates they are being offered is available at our website, on the application blank, and from the district office.
One time registration fee is $75. Enrollment for each course is $75. Internship course cost is $100.00 each level for Certified, Licensed and Ordained. The student is also responsible for the purchase of his/her own textbook, travel, and meals. The student may order books from any online source (amazon.com, christianbook.com, gospelpublishing.com) or from a local bookstore. PennDel SOM will not provide books.
Not as a contribution. However, you may be eligible for a deduction, consult with your tax adviser for more information.
We have attempted to screen our instructors very carefully. Most (but not all) of them have academic degrees that uniquely qualify them to teach the subjects they have been assigned. In some cases, their practical experience or significant success in a given field has given them the authority to speak to their assigned subject. Even so, with over 50 people on our faculty, not every one of them will always hit a home run. Students will be given an evaluation form for every faculty member in every class. This will help us to make changes if, and when they are necessary.
Presently courses will be offered at Calvary Church of the Assemblies of God in Irwin, Central Assembly of God in Bethlehem, Calvary Assembly in Wyncote (Philadelphia area) and Christian Life Assembly of God in Camp Hill.
For many, the self-study route may still be the best way to go. However, that route has several shortcomings that PennDel SOM does not have.
We will provide the accountability that keeps you on task, moving toward your goal of obtaining credentials, we will provide a classroom environment that promotes exchange of ideas, beneficial dialogue and exposure to differing perspectives on the subject matter, you will be building relationships with your fellow students that you could not get with self-study programs, and you will sit under the teaching of experienced teachers who have been “in the trenches.” These four benefits are available, of course, in a normal Bible college setting; and we still believe that is the best way to go. However, we realize that this is not possible for everyone; therefore the need for PDSOM.
Although it is not absolutely necessary, internet access will be required for email communication. Most of our forms, SG’s, and other materials will all be available for download from our website. We try to keep our costs minimal and avoid postage and handling by not having to mail anything. We do communicate with our students by e-mail; so, an e-mail account is necessary to receive our updates.