Welcome to the School of Ministry! The School of Ministry staff and leadership team are committed to creating the best learning environment for you as you discover your spiritual gifts and fresh encounter with the Holy Spirit this upcoming quarter. The team is excited about what God is doing in the ministry and now you are a part of the experience. It is our honor and privilege to partner with what God has called you to do. On behalf of Pastor Dan, the Elders and Staff at Water of Life, we want to encourage you to start your journey well and finish well. This journey will take you through many unique and creative learning components in the teaching, curriculum and clinic times. We pray for amazing encounters as the Lord uses your obedience and calling into the ministry to grow your faith and to connect you with people to encourage you during this time. May the Lord in and through you use all that you learn and experience in the School of Ministry to change the world around you. We are overjoyed that you are with us and look forward to experiencing this new journey with you. If at any time you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know how we may best serve you. It is our desire that God be glorified in and through you as you journey through the School of Ministry. May you be blessed!
The Water of Life Community Church School of Ministry is a non-accredited program that serves to equip and train the Church by providing biblically sound instruction in the Word of God and to activate them in the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The School of Ministry supports the diverse needs of our congregation and community by preparing people for works of service, helping them grow in the knowledge of the Son of God, and becoming mature believers committed to the disciple making process.
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WATER OF LIFE CORE VALUES
Water of Life Community Church is committed to helping people discover a living relationship with God that is deeply satisfying and purposeful. We believe God has your destiny in His hands. With a little cooperation on our part, He will set us on a journey that will help us discover life at its best.
Dan Carroll, Senior Pastor
EQUIPPING Teaching and releasing people with the purpose of both mind and heart transformation. II Timothy 2:2 • Ephesians 4:11-13 RELATIONSHIPS
Restoring people physically, emotionally and spiritually to fulfill their destiny in Christ. Ezekiel 36:25-27 • I Corinthians 1:3-4 SENDING
Establishing long-term relationships throughout the world in order to transform lives. Matthew 28:19-20 • Acts 1:4-8 CARING Meeting physical needs of the poor in order to meet spiritual needs, resulting in transformed lives. James 2:14-17 • I John 3:17 Matthew 25:34-36, 40
Transforming lives by strengthening families and building relationships in Small Groups. Acts 2:42 • Ephesians 2:19 Psalm 133:1-3 • I Corinthians 12:12-13
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STUDENT RULES OF CONDUCT
As a student of Water of Life’s School of Ministry, it is important that our actions reflect Jesus’ heart and attitude and they promote passion for God and transformation in people. As servant leaders, the goal is to present a thoughtful and life-giving appearance at all times, in both dress and behavior, so we don’t bring embarrassment to Jesus or ourselves. Thus, we ask you to develop your personal lives and relationships with the heart of God and the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:17-23). Practically speaking, stay in the Word and the Spirit and refrain from profanity, drugs, alcohol abuse, lying, pornography, adultery, co-habitation; because these all kill our hearts and sidetrack our destiny for Jesus and cause those who are working with us and those who we serve to stumble and struggle. Ultimately, we expect all School of Ministry students to live under the Lordship of Christ. If you struggle in any of these areas, we want you to be honest. Our goal is your growth. We want you to succeed in this life and we are here to help you do just that. We may ask you to step out of the School of Ministry for a season, not as punishment, but as an opportunity to get healed and grow.
The verses listed below may help you to better understand God’s heart on these matters and demonstrate how you should approach your service to your church body. Thank you for desiring to serve Him.
Please read and meditate on these scriptures:
Scripture References: Romans 15:1-2, I Corinthians 6:12-20, I Corinthians 9:26-27, I Corinthians 10:31, II Corinthians 13:5, Galatians 5:17-23, Galatians 6:1, Ephesians 4:20-32, Colossians 3:12-17, I Thessalonians 4:3-8, II Timothy 2:14-16, I Peter 3:14-17, I John 2:15-17, I John 4:7, and Revelations 3:20-22.
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The Two-Year Program The teaching program is divided into six tracks. You will take one track each quarter. There are three quarters per academic year. Upon satisfactory completion of all six tracks, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. The minimum age requirement is 18 years of age.
Classes meet via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 6:10pm-9:10pm or Sunday afternoons from 2:00pm- 5:00pm.
Track 1 • WOL Mission & Core Values • Ministry & Gifts of the Holy Spirit • How to Share Your Faith • Small Groups
Track 4 • Prayer & Hearing God’s Voice • Urban Theology • Philosophy of Ministry Track 5 • How to Study the Bible • New Testament Survey • Foundations of Biblical Worship
Track 2 • Living Waters • Biblical Theology • Generous Life
Track 6 • Bible Practicum • Kingdom of God
Track 3 • Old Testament Survey • Gifts of the Spirit
• Ministry Team Training I • Prayer Session Training • Ministry Placement I • Graduation
Curriculum Course curriculum is an important part of your School of Ministry experience. It allows you to follow along with class instruction and provides a resource for you to refer back to upon completion of the course. Class materials include a School of Ministry tote bag, School of Ministry binder with all written material, and any books needed for your track courses. Exams Mid-term exams are administered at the 6th week of all tracks and final exams are administered at the 10th or 11th week of all tracks. Study guides will be provided for pre-exam review. Our exam grading standard is a simple PASS/NO PASS. A passing score for all exams is 70% or better. Ministry Placement The School of Ministry is passionate about where God is leading you in ministry. You will experience various times in your program where you will be coached by a SOM graduate who is connected with the church and can provide resources to assist you in your journey.
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SPECIALIZED TRACK PROGRAM
The Specialized Track Program The teaching program is divided into three (3) tracks. You will take one track each quarter. In addition, you will need to complete a set of core classes in partnership with the program in order to graduate. Upon satisfactory completion of all three tracks and the Core Classes, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. The minimum age requirement is 18 years of age.
Classes meet via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 6:10pm-9:10pm.
Track Programs • The Bible Track with Grant Millikan, M.A. —Two-Year Program • The Outreach Track with Pastor Norm Brinkley —One-Year Program—ON HOLD UNTIL FALL 2021 • The Shepherd’s Staff Caregiving Track with Pastor Nico Mendez —One-Year Program • The Worship Track with Worship Leader & Recording Artist, Sherri Bryant —One-Year Program
Core Classes (offered free of charge online at wateroflifecc.org) • Discovering Water of Life (DWOL)— if you attend Water of Life Community Church • WOL Mission & Core Values • Ministry & Gifts of the Holy Spirit • Gifts of the Spirit • Ministry Team Training
Curriculum Course curriculum is an important part of your School of Ministry experience. It allows you to follow along with class instruction and provides a resource for you to refer back to upon completion of the course. Class materials include a School of Ministry tote bag, School of Ministry binder with all written material, and any books needed for your track courses. Exams There are several different forms of exams used in the Specialized Tracks. Essays, projects or presentations will be specific to the subject matter and graded based on pre-determined grading scales set by the instructors.
Ministry Placement The Specialized Tracks incorporate ministry placement in the program. Opportunities to serve are offered specific to your specialized track area.
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Each class has several components including teaching, group discussions, and ministry time. Please arrive on time. TUESDAYS The Tuesday evening School of Ministry offers the flexibility of an enriching equipping experience from the confort of your home, backyard or car—you choose your location.
NOTE: This quarter, all SOM tracks will be held online. For details about your track, please visit www.som.school for up-to-date information.
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ATTENDANCE & TUITION FEES
ATTENDANCE & CHECK-IN SOM facilitators will record student attendance weekly during the online Zoom session. Students are required to keep their video feed enabled during the duration of each class session to ensure accurate attendance records for the completion of School of Ministry requirements .
1-2 Absences = Allowable
3+ Absences = You must view the sessions you have missed using our online video selections. If a session is not available other arrangements must be made with your SOM coordinator. A completed Excused Absence Worksheet is also required for each missed session. The video selections and Excused Absence Worksheets may be accessed through our website at som.school.
• Attending class is a major component of the School of Ministry. If you need to miss a class, we suggest you keep up with the recommended reading and lessons.
• WOL classes can be viewed at wateroflifecc.org for no fee. Contact the School of Ministry office for the current password. TUITION FEES In light of COVID-19, a special discounted winter rate will be offered. Water of Life School of Ministry tuition covers more than the cost of class hours. Tuition also includes curriculum binders, books, class handouts, special events, exams, and the administration of the program.
Discount Rate Tuition Fee: $100 per Student
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TUITION PAYMENTS & COMMUNICATION
TUITION PAYMENTS As part of the church body, we are to glorify God through our stewardship. This includes being responsible with our time, finances and resources so that we are not hindered from the plans that God has for us. As a result, when tuition is not paid on time, it affects the School of Ministry’s ability to operate and to service the student body. Please adhere to the following Tuition Payment Policy: • A deposit of $50 is due each quarter and a week before classes start. • Tuition balances are to be paid by the end of each quarter in order to move into the next quarter. • If you choose to discontinue your attendance at any time, it is mandatory that you contact the School of Ministry Coordinator as soon as possible. Any credit to your account will be reimbursed unless you indicate that you would like to donate the credit to our Financial Aid Program. • You will be contacted within a month at the end of each quarter by phone, mail and/or email to confirm the status of your Tuition Account. • In order for a graduate to participate in the School of Ministry Commencement Ceremony, all outstanding fees and assignments need to be finalized. This includes all class make ups, exams, tuition balances and graduation fees paid in full by May 1st.
Tuition Payments can be made by Debit, Credit, Cash or Check • Online: som.school (Debit & Credit Payments Only) • Church Office Drop Off: Cash or Check only between 9:00am–4:00pm • Mail (Checks Only): Water of Life Community Church
Attention: SOM Coordinator 14418 Miller Avenue, Suite K Fontana, CA. 92336
Payment plans are available upon request.
COMMUNICATION AT THE SCHOOL OF MINISTRY Communication between the School of Ministry staff and students is done predominantly through email. Email communication is the way that students are kept informed about what is happening in the SOM.
A weekly newsletter and all other important correspondence regarding SOM are sent to students via email. It is very important that we have your current email address.
Keep in mind that we may need to contact you regarding a class cancellation or immediate change. We appreciate you partnering with us in this area.
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DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, CHILDCARE SERVICES ARE PAUSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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SCHOOL OF MINISTRY STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Throughout the academic school year School of Ministry students have many opportunities to serve the body of the church as well as participate in a number of fun and rewarding activities.
Trunk or Treat Beginning in late September through October 31st, School of Ministry students are encouraged to donate candy for the annual WOL Trunk or Treat. Students also have the opportunity to volunteer to help at the SOM booth or other game/food booths during Trunk or Treat Thanksgiving Food Drive Every fall the entire School of Ministry, in association with City Link, participates in a Turkey and Food Drive that benefits needy families throughout our local community. Tracks compete to see which track can provide the most food, turkeys and monetary donations. The Track that generates the most donations is rewarded with a special prize as well as bragging rights for the academic year. SOM Sponsored Global Mission Trips During the past year students from the School of Ministry participated in mission trips to both Cambodia and the Agua de Vida Orphanage in Mexico. Once again global outreach trips will be scheduled during the upcoming academic year. If you are interested in participating, please be watching for more information during the spring session of SOM. Bring a Friend to School of Ministry At the end of every quarter we sponsor a “Bring a Friend to SOM” day. On this day we encourage students to invite friends and family, who are interested in finding out more about SOM, to attend a class session. Previous “Bring a Friend” days have generated a number of new student applications to SOM. Serving Opportunities The School of Ministry has a number of serving opportunities available throughout the academic school year. Quarterly student registration sessions, the SOM Leadership Christmas celebration in December and the School of Ministry commencement ceremony in June, are just a few events that require a large number of volunteers. Be watching for more information about how to sign up for volunteer opportunities in the weekly newsletter.
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MEET THE SOM ADMINISTRATION TEAM
Pastor Linda Jones, School of Ministry Director Pastor Linda and her husband Gary have attended Water of Life since 2001. She has oversight of the Water of Life’s School of Ministry, Equipping Classes, Small Groups and Positively Pink’s Ministry to Women. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a B.A., a Masters in Practical Theology from The Kings University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree. Pastor Linda has been in ministry for over 34 years serving men and women in the local church. Contact Information: Janine Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 909.463.0103 x4188 Joanne Morrison, School of Ministry Manager JoAnne and her husband, Mike, have been married for 23 years and have a beautiful daughter, Miracle. JoAnne earned her B.S. degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and an A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Guam Community College. She has also served in various capacities of ministry alongside her husband as a missionary overseas and is an alumni of Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Contact Information: email@example.com or 909.463.0103 x4017 Lilianna Arias, School of Ministry Administrative Coordinator Lili has attended Water of Life Community Church since 2013. Lili and her husband, Victor, met at CityLink as new hires in 2015 and married in 2018. They just welcomed their new baby boy, Alberto Arias, this past September 2020. Lili has served in various ministries and has worked for CityLink (Local Outreach), Global Outreach, and now SOM as an Administrative Coordinator. Lili is currently enrolling back to school in the spring to pursue a degree in Biblical Studies. Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 909.463.0103 x4182 Angelica “Jay” Cervantes, School of Ministry Administrative Accounting Clerk Jay and her family have attended Water of Life since 2015. She and her husband, Omar, have two beautiful daughters and enjoy spending time serving the Lord together as a family. Jay graduated from Citrus College with an Associates of Science degree in Business Administration and joined the Water of Life SOM staff in 2017. Contact Information: email@example.com or 909.463.0103 x4161
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THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Leadership Team/Facilitators Each Track will be facilitated by men and women that work directly under Pastor Linda Jones and the SOM staff. These facilitators are the point people of your group. They will give announcements, pray with students, lead discussions, answer questions, and follow up with students that need additional assistance. These men and women are here to walk alongside you during your journey in the School of Ministry and love to serve. Please feel free to contact them with any questions and prayer requests. Table Groups & Leaders Each student will become a part of a table group. Each table will have a Table Leader. A table leader oversees 5-7 students. Each track will have 2-10 facilitators who will oversee 3-4 table groups. The Lead Facilitator oversees all Facilitators. The Facilitator Team will move to the next track with you. The Track Coach and Instructors remain assigned to a specific track and do not move to the next track.
If you have any questions, feel free to connect with your Leadership Team for prayer needs, questions, and/or comments. They are here to serve you!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to attend Water of Life Community Church? Attendance at Water of Life is NOT mandatory for our students. However, we believe strongly that the Bible encourages us to be committed to a local body of believers in a church. Therefore, we encourage individuals who are not already connected to a local church to consider attending Water of Life Community Church. Is the School of Ministry accredited? No, the school is not accredited and courses cannot be transferred unless authorized by the transfer school. Our purpose is to equip the church body to discover their calling in ministry.
What does my quarterly fee cover? • Curriculum and any books provided • Special Events • Media & Worship Services • Food Services • Staff & Administration
What makes the WOL School of Ministry different? We strongly believe that people should further their education. However, we have a specific focus on the spiritual and personal development of our students and therefore we do not offer other basic college courses like math, English, geometry, language, etc. A large part of our effectiveness is the balance of the Word and the Spirit. Do you offer online courses? At the School of Ministry, we believe that being here in person is a key part of the training that we offer. However, at this time, due to the statewide and county COVID-19 protocols, all School of Ministry classes will be held online via Zoom for this Spring 2021 quarter.
Wherever your purpose takes you, the WOL School of Ministry will help prepare you to have maximum impact on the world around you.
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2020-2021 ACADEMIC CALENDAR
1 2 3 4 Su M T W Th F S 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
29 1 Su M T W Th F S 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 16 Leadership Training, 1:30pm-4pm 23 Fall 2020 Information Meeting, 2:00pm-2:45pm Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 30 31 NOVEMBER 2020
1 2 3 4 5 Su M T W Th F S 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Have a Great Summer!
Holiday/SOM Office Closed
Tuesday: Fall Classes Begin 13 Sunday: Fall Classes Begin
Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Su M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Sunday: Final Exam
Graduation Pictures & Rehearsal
Closed for the Holidays
Tuesday: Final Exam 15/17 Thanksgiving Food Drive Results
9 Mother’s Day: No SOM 11 Tuesday: Mid-Term Exam & Guest Speaker 16 Sunday: Mid-Term Exam
Tuesday: Spring Classes Begin
Tuesday Class Times: 6:10pm-9:10pm Sunday Class Times: 2:30pm-5:00pm
Connection Corner—This is your opportunity to serve the church Enrollment & Registration Meeting and Connection Corner Holiday/SOM Office Closed
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WATER OF LIFE FONTANA CAMPUS MAP
Kitchen Lounge Stairs
Shuttle Pick-up for Lot B & Lot C Only
FONTANA CAMPUS LEGEND
Disabled Parking Access Shuttle Stop
Restrooms Worship Center Seminar Building Dining Room
West Venue North Venue Chapel South Venue
Multipurpose Venue Prayer Tower
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1 2 3
Shuttle Pick-Up for Lot B & Lot C Only
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NEW STUDENT SURVEY CARD
Dear New Student,
We are excited and grateful that you are with us! In continuing to partner with all that God has for you, we would like to learn what tool or tools drew you to take the step to join the School of Ministry. This assists us in ensuring we are effectively reaching out to our church community. Please take two minutes to fill out our New Student Survey Card at som.school .
In His Service,
School of Ministry Team
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Administrative Offices: 14418 Miller Ave., Ste. K, Fontana, CA 92336 Class Location: 7625 East Ave., Fontana, CA 92336 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 909.463.0103 x4106 Online: som.school