Read through the Student Handbook before enrolling to be familiar with our policies. Then complete the Enrollment Application and pay the $60 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable and does not include individual course tuition fees or the cost of textbooks. Send any previous schooling unofficial transcripts to Annette at email@example.com to be evaluated (if you are working towards credentials). Berean and MNSOM class lists (red required with MNSOM only)
Step 2 – Pastor’s Recommendation
All students are required to submit a pastor’s recommendation unless they currently hold Assemblies of God credentials. You can download the pastor’s recommendation form here and give it to your pastor to fill out and send in to our office.
Step 3 – Register for a Course
After we have received your application and pastor’s recommendation, we will contact you with the information to register for classes. Tuition is $80 per course and there is an additional $15 late fee if you register less than 3 weeks before a class. The book cost is not included in the class tuition and needs to be purchased separately. You can find the Class Schedule below.
Step 5 – Order book
Students are responsible for ordering their own textbook for each course. A list of the textbooks for each course can be found on the MNSOM Moodle website on the course page under “Required Reading”.
Textbooks are available from a variety of sources. Students are free to purchase books new, used, in e-format, and from whatever website they choose.
We have an agreement with Christian Book Distributors to stock sufficient quantities of books for MNSOM classes. Many of our books can be found on their website and MNSOM receives a referral fee bonus from ChristianBook.com for items purchased through the links provided on each course page.
Step 6 – Complete Homework
You will find your homework for each class on the Moodle Website. After you register for your course you will receive a confirmation email that will give you the information to access your class on Moodle. MNSOM uses two types of Text Overview homework assignments. One type is a traditional Bible Institute format in a Word docuemnt that you download and complete. The other type is online using the Moodle Learning Platform through a set of multiple choice quizzes (Faith & Action Series textbooks). You can find more information about the homework on our website here.
Completing the homework and reading the textbook typically takes fifteen to twenty hours, but may vary depending on student study habits. It is important to have the homework completed before class. Forty percent of the grade is based on homework and the exam is also based on the homework.
Step 7 – Attend Class
All of our classes are currently being held on Zoom video conferencing from your home (through June 2020 for sure). Class is from 8:30 a.m. to about 1:00 p.m. Tests are taken on Moodle. You will be emailed further instructions.
Classes meet one Saturday a month from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. It is important that you arrive on time and bring your homework (or copy of Moodle quiz answers if Faith & Action book), textbook, and computer or notebook to take notes. Full-day attendance is required. A meal is provided.
The first part of the day is spent going over the Text Overview questions. The students then take and correct the exam. The afternoon is organized by the instructor for further learning, practice, and discussion on the topic.
Step 8 – Internships
For those desiring credentials with the Assemblies of God, there is a mandatory internship for each level — Certified, Licensed, and Ordained. You can register for the internship on the normal class registration page. Check out the Internship page for more information.
Step 9 – Credentials
Completing the MNSOM classes is one step toward pursuing Assemblies of God ministry credentials. Credentials require an extensive application procedure including references, recommendations, background checks, credit checks, interviews, a written test, credentialing classes, etc.
Assemblies of God ministry credentials should be thought of as recognition of calling and ministry. In the Minnesota District there are approximately 1100 credentialed ministers and about 250 churches. About half of the churches have bi-vocational lead pastors. Ministry credentials may be a step toward finding employment but many of our ministers are not paid for their ministry.
You can find more information about the credentialing process on the Minnesota Assemblies of God website. Pastor Jim Filbeck oversees the credentialing process and can be reached at (612) 332-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.