Is everyone accepted into the program?
The classes are open primarily to Northside folks who can make the commitment of time to the class and studies. The practicum segment of the program, however, needs approval from the minister/director of the ministry.
Will this program qualify me for a ministry job?
We're confident that these courses, combined with the hands-on ministry experience through a practicum, will prepare you for some kind of ministry job or internship. Most of the Northside ministers have many years of experience prior to coming to Northside. Expect that your first minstry job or internship will likely be in a smaller congregation than Northside. And we can help you make those connections, whether it be in a church or a non-profit ministry.
Can I audit the classes?
That's not a good option. If you're looking to save money, this program does that already compared to the cost of a traditional college program, which could cost $10-$20k. $1k is a steal!
Can I take the classes without doing the practicums?
The practicum represents 100 total hours of ministry service, whether at Northside or another Christian ministry/mission. Those who do not complete the practicum do not qualify to receive a mission trip voucher. There's no tuition discount for not doing the practicum.
Can I just take the Practical Ministry and Leadership classes?
We thought about it and decided that it's not a good idea. You'll need to take the Bible class, too--and it's worth it!
What if I miss a few classes?
You're not just trying to get by, are you? If you have to miss a class now and then, you'll need to make sure that you keep up with your reading and workbook. Completion of all assignments is necessary for the completion of the program.
Will I receive a grade in the classes?
We're going to check to see if you're doing your homework and participating in the assignments. We're not going to be testing in such a way as to give traditional letter grades.