Biblical Study Certification

Praise School of Ministry (PSOM) exists to Biblically equip all followers of Jesus Christ to be effective, knowledgeable, trained & prepared, Spirit-filled & Spirit-led witnesses to the life, ministry, and message of Jesus Christ; to know, understand, and teach in the Word of God; and to effectively minister in the gifts and the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our personal & professional lives, spheres of influence, and roles of service in the local church. Those called to prepare for roles of eldership, leadership, and formal ministerial appointment can also find further training at PSOM, but this Foursquare-certified institute is available to & intended for ALL disciples of Jesus to grow as functioning ministers of the Gospel in our daily lives & relationships, according to the call of God.

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About the PSOM Program

NOTE: PSOM currently offers courses ONLINE ONLY via Zoom, due to Covid restrictions.

Praise School of Ministry is a biblical teaching institute whose course offerings are open to all Christians desiring to grow in the knowledge and practice of their faith.  We aim to train and equip followers of Jesus to be faithful disciples & capable leaders, ready to reach every individual in our generation. In fulfilling the Great Commission, we need disciples trained and equipped in all aspects of Christian life, doctrine, service, and ministry. Praise School of Ministry (PSOM) is a focused teaching institute designed specifically to advance individual believers in their personal development & devotion to Christ, service to the local church, preparation for leadership, and potentially even deployment into more intensive forms of ministry such as long-range mission, campus ministry, church leadership, pastoral ministry, and church planting.

Praise School of Ministry is officially certified by the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel as a church-based school of ministry training. Individuals seeking formal licensure and training can complete the entire three-year program as described below, but individuals simply looking for targeted training or deepened discipleship will also benefit from selective enrollment in individual courses for audit or credit; enrollment in a single course is open to all without prerequisites, and does not require a commitment to completion of the entire formal program.

However, some will recognize as they train a call from the Lord to more formal training pursuits & preparation. And so in addition to deepening the devotional life of PSOM students and enhancing their evangelistic, apologetic, & hermeneutical skills, formal completion of the entire three-year program curriculum (for credit) effectively prepares graduates for ministry leadership roles at Praise Christian Fellowship and related Christian works & missions.  Interested graduates may also apply to the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (ICFG) for a formal Ministerial Credential (contingent upon pastoral recommendation, clear demonstration of a divine call into licensed ministry, and succesful completion of the denominational credentialing process).

GENERAL AREAS OF STUDY

THEOLOGY

BIBLICAL HISTORY

BIBLICAL STUDIES

HERMENEUTICS

CHURCH HISTORY

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

MISSIOLOGY

EVANGELISM & DISCIPLESHIP

HOMILETICS

WORSHIP

BIBLICAL COUNSELING

Other Electives, Special Practicums, & More...

Instructors

Courtney Hall

Sr. Pastor / Director / Instructor

Tammy Goodman

Registrar / Instructor

 

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses 

During each six week session of PSOM, two weekend courses are offered online: one from  3-5pm Saturdays & another from 1-3pm on Sundays. (Some online courses offer asynchronous options.) PSOM generally offers 5 six-week sessions per calendar year, with one- or two-week breaks between sessions & a longer break in the summer & over the year-end holiday season.

Annual calendar schedules are available from the Registrar by emailing info@myPCF.org.

Mission

Utmost in PSOM’s mission is to develop clarity, competency, and passion in our students for understanding, applying, and communicating the truth of Scripture; and to enhance ministry fruitfulness & spiritual leadership of PSOM students and graduates in the local church, surrounding culture, and the world at large.

Adult Students

Earn a Certificate of Completion

Praise School of Ministry is officially certified by the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel as a church-based school of ministry training.

Take Courses for Credit or Audit

You may enroll in a course for credit (credit students are responsible to complete any graded assignments & testing required by the instructor) or as an auditing student (audit students attend lectures & interact during in-class discussion but are not required to complete assignments or testing and are not eligible for the PSOM Certificate of Completion).

 

A summary of sample core courses of the PSOM program can be found below.

 

THEOLOGY

1:00 - 3:15pm     Sundays (Online Only via Zoom)

One session *weekly of two hours & 15 mins. each over a period of six to eight weeks (*with breaks for major holidays).

FUNDAMENTALS OF FAITH i

 Basic Theology - Soteriology - The Doctrines of Baptism

FUNDAMENTALS OF FAITH iI

 Pnuematology - Angelology - The Fruit & Gifts of the Spirit

FUNDAMENTALS OF FAITH iII

 The Creator & Creation - Dealing with Evil - Christology

FUNDAMENTALS OF FAITH iV

 Covenant in Scripture - Biblical Prophecy - Incarnation - Eschatology

FUNDAMENTALS OF FAITH V

 Christian Disciplines - Ecclesiology - Marriage & Family Life

FUNDAMENTALS OF FAITH VI

 Heresies - Counseling - Faith & Finances - "Tough Topics" of Debate

history

2 - 4pm & 4 - 6pm     Sundays

One session weekly* of two hours each over a period of six to eight weeks (*with breaks for major holidays).

history

- History of Ancient Israel    - History of the Christian Church 1 & 2

- The Protestant Reformation     - Pentecostal Heritage

BIBLE

2 - 4pm & 4 - 6pm     Sundays

One session weekly* of two hours each over a period of six to eight weeks (*with breaks for major holidays).

Bible

- The Pentateuch     -Hebrew Prophets    - The Book of Isaiah

- The Book of Judges - The Hebrew Psalter - Bible Interpretation 1 & 2

- The Gospel of Luke / The Book of Acts  - Praying Through The Lord's Prayer

- The Synoptic Gospels  - New Testament Letters  - Pauline Epistles   

- The Gospel of John  - The Epistles of John  - The Epistles of Peter

- The Book of Romans  - The Epistles to the Corinthians

- The Book of Galatians  - The Book of Hebrews  - The Book of James

- The Book of Revelation   - The Kingdom of God

Evangelism & 

Discipleship

2 - 4pm & 4 - 6pm     Sundays

One session weekly* of two hours each over a period of six to eight weeks (*with breaks for major holidays).

EVANGELISM & DISCIPLESHIP

- Introduction to Apologetics   - Christian Discipleship

- Countering Cults   - Evangelism   - Missiology

MINISTRY

2 - 4pm & 4 - 6pm     Sundays

One session weekly* of two hours each over a period of six to eight weeks (*with breaks for major holidays).

MINISTRY

- Pastoral Ministry   - Worship & Ministry  - Cell Group Ministry 

- Intercessory Prayer  - Biblical Counseling - Christian Disciplines

- Christian Leadership   - Spiritual Gifts Practicum  

- Preaching Practicum 1 & 2    - Church Planting & Multiplication

- Ministering Spiritual Deliverance - Spiritual Warfare

Praise School of Ministry

​For additional information about specific courses currently offered & upcoming, the annual calendar of classes, how to register for audit or credit, course syllabi, or other details & special offers, please contact us by completing the form to the right, or by calling Praise Christian Fellowship Church of L.A. at 213-484-8294 or sending an email with your specific request(s) to info@myPCF.org. Thank you!

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Certificate of Completion

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Program Completion

In addition to deepening the devotional life of PSOM students and enhancing their evangelistic, apologetic, & hermeneutical skills, formal completion of the entire three-year program curriculum (for credit) effectively prepares graduates for ministry leadership roles at Praise Christian Fellowship and related Christian works & missions.  Interested graduates may also apply to the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (ICFG) for a formal Ministerial Credential (contingent upon pastoral recommendation, clear demonstration of a divine call into licensed ministry, and successful completion of the denominational credentialing process).

 

Non-Discriminatory Policy

Praise School of Ministry, a school recognized by the International Foursquare Gospel Church, believes the whole counsel of God includes an emphasis that the new birth in Christ supercedes any racial, gender, or socio-economic lines. As such, it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and other related programs.

 

Praise School of Ministry desires to admit students whose character, behavior, motivation, and abilities are in accord with the program's Christian focus & Biblical mandate.