School of Practical Ministry Level I - Overview

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  II Tim 3:16 NIV

  Evangel Seminary School of Practical Ministry - Level I


The School of Practical Ministry (SOPM) has been developed to provide a solid foundation for those who desire a deeper understanding of God's Word and its application in their lives without the time commitment necessary for a theological degree program. Throughout the SOPM program, students are continually encouraged to do 3 things:



Encounter God in a deeper more intimate way

Explore  how they have been uniquely created by God with specific giftings and talents  

Equip   themselves first and then others for every good work that they have been called to within their local church Body and beyond.   


This encountering, exploring and equipping is accomplished through 7 Learning Modules. These modules comprise the backbone of the SOPM and are both foundational and practical. Topics covered in these modules answer these 7 vital questions:

  • What Do I Believe
  • What Does The Bible Say To Me               
  • What Is My Spiritual Heritage
  • How Do I Effectively Communicate The Gospel
  • What Are My Spiritual Gifts
  • What Is The Role Of The Holy Spirit In My Life / Ministry
  • What Strategies Will Make Me A More Effective Leader / Minister


There are no lengthy research papers to write or tedious textbooks to read. However, in order to make this study as practical and as applicable as possible, students will also complete 3 very useful Learning Projects, plus students will become prayer partners throughout the course of the program. In addition, as a part of the course fee, each student will receive the 80 page SOPM manual along with all books and materials.

Matt Kiser was the assistant Youth Director at his church when he took the SOPM program. He felt like the class gave him greater confidence in sharing his faith and talking about the Bible.

If this program of solid, practical, foundational training sounds like what you have been seeking, we invite you to click or tap "here" to learn more about the SOPM Level I course through a short video.

If you desire, additional information can be accessed through the SOPM Catalog which will give you a greater understanding of the overall program. For the catalog (click here). If you are ready to move forward and take the next step simply (click here) to print out an SOPM Application.

We would count it an honor to assist you in your personal growth and development in Christ. Countless hours of research, writing, editing and prayer have gone into the structure and material found in the  SOPM. Students, both here and abroad have found this study to be life changing. We believe you will come away amazed at what the Lord reveals to you through this SOPM learning journey.

We look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Distance Learning Option: Using present day technology, we are able to offer the School Of Practical Ministry through a live video stream to those who live outside of the Harrisonburg Va. area. For additional information, look in the back of the SOPM Level I Catalog.