School of Ministry

Statement of Faith

What is the School of Ministry?

The School of Ministry (SOM) is a 3 course biblical training with heavy emphasis on discipleship, practical ministry experience, and leadership development. The 3 courses are Course 1 - Foundations of the Faith, Course 2 - Equip to Engage, and Course 3 - Advanced. This Fall will begin with Course 2 - Equip to Engage. 
This year our course will start with a Survey of the Gospels class beginning on September 10, 2023.

The purpose of the SOM is to strengthen the spiritual foundation of our Church and those within it: to grow us in wisdom; to grow us in understanding; to grow us in faith.  

Where do I register for the SOM?

You can register right here on our website! Just click on the link above and follow the instructions provided. Registration opens July 30, 2023, and will remain open until September 3, 2023. There is no cost for the Equip to Engage course.
Completion of Course 1 is not required to register for Course 2.  No childcare will be provided during the SOM.

Who is the SOM for?

The School of Ministry is for everyone who attends our Church aged 14 years old and up. Whether you have been saved for 50+ years or 1 day. Whether you've been serving for 50+ years or never served once. This is an opportunity for everyone to grow in the grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Why should I take the SOM?

As a seasoned saint, or as a baby believer: SOM provides an excellent opportunity for the Christian to grow in the faith.
God gave teachers "for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12), and He gave us the Scriptures "that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:17). As Christians, we are called to "grow up into Him in all things," and to "be not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is" (Ephesians 4:15 & 5:17). Therefore, any time spent seeking these things and meditating on the word is never wasted nor is it futile.

SOM provides our church body the opportunity to meet with and get to know some of the teachers we have here at Calvary Chapel Clayton. In addition, SOM is an excellent time to practice sharing the word with both those in the faith and those outside the faith.

A word from our Pastor

"As a Pastor, I must continue to grow and learn as a leader and Bible teacher in order to effectively minister to those whom God brings to our Church and those who serve with me in the Ministry. The day we stop growing, or stop learning, is the day we are no longer useful or productive for the Lord." - Pastor Kevin Edwards

Where is the SOM?

We will offer Course 2 - Equip to Engage on Sundays at 4:30pm beginning on September 10, 2023 at the Church. This will be a 10-week course with eight classes and two scheduled ministry events. Each class is 1 hour. There will be required homework for each class. We will also have the option available of taking the classes online. Recordings of each Sunday class will be made available the following Tuesday.
Information about the ministry events will be communicated during the course.

The address for the classes is 510 West Main Street, Clayton, NC 27520.

What is the SOM schedule?

The School of Ministry schedule will be as follows:

Course 1 - Foundations of the Faith - 10 Weeks in Fall of 2022
  • Class 101 - The Gospel and Salvation
  • Class 102 - The Godhead
  • Class 103 - The Power and Authority of God's Word
  • Class 104 - The Walk of Faith
  • Class 105 - Scripture Memorization

Course 2 - Equip to Engage - 10 Weeks in Fall of 2023
  • Class 201 - Survey of the Gospels
  • Class 202 - Survey of the Acts 
  • Class 203 - Servant Leadership
  • Class 204 - Ministry to the Body
  • Class 205 - Evangelism
  • Class 206 - Missions and Outreach

Course 3 - 10 Weeks in Spring of 2024
  • Class 301 - Exhaustive Galatians & Ephesians
  • Class 302 - Survey of Daniel & Revelation
  • Class 303 - Simplified Greek
  • Class 304 - Inductive Bible Study Course
  • Class 305 - Survey of Pastoral Epistles

The School of Ministry required reading

1. The New Testament
2. Calvary Chapel Distinctives
3. The Bible from 30,000 Feet