Discipleship and leadership training about the Word of God is difficult to find. Not only is it not a mainstream thing, but finding one that is accredited, credible, and good is made entirely difficult since many people have no idea where to look. Fortunately, you can stop searching since the International School of Ministry (ISOM) is the school that you are looking for. For the past ten years or so, this school has managed to become the biggest video bible school in the world and one of the top online seminary colleges on the planet. In over 140 nations around the world, there are approximately 13,000 ISOM training sites that cater to more than 200,000 students.
Primary Goals and Key Components
One of the main goals of the International School of Ministry is to empower local pastors so that they can turn their churches into ministry training centers. They do this by translating all of their curriculum teachings into the mother tongue of the country. It has already been translated into more than 75 major languages and it continues to grow. The videos and recordings are available in bilingual format—in English and the country’s mother tongue—to make learning easier.
The courses are offered in trimesters with the first five being known as the ISOM core. Students can acquire an Associates Degree in Biblical Studies if they have taken the courses correctly. Various educational institutions such as the Covenant Theological Seminary and Christian Leadership University actually credit the ISOM courses. For ministerial licenses, the Elim Fellowship also considers the ISOM coursework and fulfills their criteria for training requirement.
Ease of Use and Availability
The courses are available online and consist of 160 sessions coming from 30 of the most renowned theological instructors worldwide. The coursework does not focus on high theology but focuses more on the practical training which enables pastors to open their own schools and ministries. Coursework consists of online videos and lectures, facilitator’s guide, group discussions, homework, tests, as well as workbooks. This means that students can study at their own pace and not feel pressured. Programs are also available for both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
The International School of Ministry is a product of Good Shepherd Ministries Int’l and has continued to develop more training modules and is planning to translate the whole course into more languages to reach more people. ISOM schools can be found in Canada, some parts of the US, refugee camps in Africa, or anywhere that believers can gather and study a course curriculum inspired by the Holy Spirit.