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Northside's School of Ministry (SOM) is an inexpensive, one-year program that equips college age and adults to become effective Christian leaders in any field where God might call them to serve. The program provides a solid Bible education, trains in practical ministry, equips for leadership, and provides the opportunity for hands-on training with specialized Northside ministries.

Program Overview

Students will take two 1.5 hour classes per week on Thursday afternoon/evenings during the school year: one Bible class and one practical ministry/leadership development class. In addition, students will complete a practicum of 100 hours of ministry service to gain valuable hands-on ministry experience.

Here are the basics:

  • Attend two 1.5 hr classes each Thursday taught by Northside pastors and qualified guest instructors.
  • Students will have weekly homework/reading assignments and come prepared to discuss in class.
  • Students will serve 100 hours of ministry service to receive valuable hands-on ministry experience.
  • Students who complete the program (classes + practicum) receive up to $450* voucher to participate in a Northside short-term mission trip. (*based on attendance)


Practical Ministry/Leadership Development - Thursdays, 4:30-5:45pm

First Semester: Practical Ministry

  • Receive an overall understanding of various ministries and ministry career options
  • Discover God’s plan for this world and His will for your life
  • Discover your unique spiritual gifts, God-given talents, and personality with assessment tools to determine the best career path and ministry for you
  • Learn spiritual disciplines for a healthy spiritual life

Second Semester: Leadership Development

  • Develop the characteristics and qualities of an effective and godly leader
  • Learn how to be an emotionally healthy leader
  • Learn from various pastors & Christian leaders
  • Learn how to impact, influence, and motivate others
  • Learn how to lead through change, conflict, and failure
  • Learn how to build, lead, and keep a team
  • Learn how to recruit, train, and work with volunteers
  • Complete a leadership project to experience church/Christian leadership
Bible Class - Thursdays, 6-7:30pm

First Semester

  • Intro to the Bible
  • Overview of the Old Testament
  • History of Israel

Second Semester

  • Overview of the New Testament
  • Life of Christ
  • Church and Christian History