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. We have four (4) convenient campus locations. Each campus offers 27 classes totaling 108 across the PennDel Ministry Network.
The Bible Institute track is a one-year program for students who want to deepen their understanding of the Word. It's designed for laypeople or anyone that wants to educate themselves more on the Bible. It does not go towards getting your Credentials. If you're interested in pursuing those, the PennDel School of Ministry track is the desired track to sign-up for.
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 AG History, Missions, and Governance to give a background of the Assemblies of God.
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 under the courses tab on the PDSOM website.
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. (Note: Internships for credentialing track only.) 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. 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.
In the application stage, your primary contact will be The Dean. To view contact information, please visit the contact page.
Yes! In fact, the One Year Bible Institute program is designed for teachers and leaders in the local church. Please note that this track does not equate to ministerial credentialing.
Yes! Thirty-seven districts make up the National D-SOM Organization. They act as an accrediting association in accordance with General Council policies. National DSOM has the explicit approval of the Executive Presbytery in Springfield.
Yes, the courses under the Licensed and Ordained sections fulfill the educational requirements for those credential levels.
The PDSOM campuses are currently at Central Assemblies of God in Bethlehem, Calvary Assemblies of God in Irwin (Pittsburgh), Calvary Assembly of God in Wyncote (Philadelphia), and Christian Life Assembly of God in Camp Hill.
A school year will follow a traditional school system. We will start in September, and go through June of each year. Classes will not be held during December, July, and August.
We will begin at 8:30 for check-in and a devotional. By 9AM you will be in class. You will turn in your completed study guides. The first order of business will be the grading of the study guides, a brief discussion of your answers, and a review of the material you have studied. After a short break, you will take your final exam for the course and a break for lunch. Then, the rest of the day (until 5:00) will be spent on practical applications of the material you have learned. This will be a unique learning experience from the typical classroom. The emphasis will not be on content delivery from teacher to student, but on the practical application of the material you have learned.
For many, the self-study route may still be the best way to go. However, that route has several shortcomings that PDSOM does not.
Yes. Class registration is done online via the PDSOM website. We try to keep our costs minimal and avoid postage and handling by not having to mail anything. During registration, students are asked to create a login and password to access their student portal. Any updates will be communicated via email.