FAQ

General

Q:  Is everyone accepted into the program?
Q:  Will this program qualify me for a ministry job?
Q:  Who's teaching the courses?
Q:  Can I audit the classes?
Q:  Can I take the classes without doing the practicum?
Q:  Can I just take the LifeSkills and Leadership classes?
Q:  What if I've already taken the DC course?
Q:  What if I can't make it to the Bible class at 3pm?
Q:  What if I've already taken Financial Peace?
Q:  What if I can only attend one year?
Q:  What if I miss a few classes?
Q:  Will I receive a grade in the classes?

Financial
Q:  Is there anything that tuition doesn't cover?
Q:  What if I need to drop out?
Q:  Are there any scholarships available?

Apprenticeship

Q:  What areas of ministry participate in the apprenticeship program?
Q:  Do I have to be approved for the apprenticeship program?
Q:  What if I'm not approved for an apprenticeship?
Q:  How/when do I select a ministry to apprentice with?

Conferences/Mission Trip

Q:  What conference(s) will I attend in Year One?
Q:  What conference(s) will I attend in Year Two?
Q:  Do I need to pay extra for the conferences?
Q:  What Outreach/Mission Trip can I attend?


General

Q:  Is everyone accepted into the program?
A:  The classes are open to everyone 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.  
(Go to Apprenticeship FAQ) 

Q:  Will this program qualify me for a ministry job?
A:  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. 

Q:  Who's teaching the courses?
A:  The Bible class will be taught by Northside members or staff who have successfully completed DC.  The LifeSkills and Leadership Development classes will be taught by a variety of Northside staff, including:
Doug Newland, Outreach Minister
Brian Combs, Pastoral Care Minister
Ben Woods, College Age and Spiritual Formation Minister. 

Q:  Can I audit the classes?
A:  That's not a good option.  If you're looking to save money, this program does that compared to the cost of a traditional college program, which could cost $10-$20k.  $1k is a steal!

Q:  Can I take the classes without doing the practicum?
A:  Sure.  While the practicum is extremely valuable, it may not be possible for everyone.  You can take the classes only, but you'll only qualify for the Certificate of Completion for Biblical Studies, not for the Certificate of Completion for the School of Ministry.  There's no tuition discount for not doing the practicum. 

Q:  Can I just take the LifeSkills and Leadership classes?
A:  It's not ideal, but if that's all you can do, ok.  You just won't qualify for any certificates, nor will you gain the valuable hands-on experience.

Q:  What if I've already taken the DC course?
A:  Awesome.  Then you're one step ahead and won't need to take it again.  We'll discount your tuition by $80 per year since you won't need those books.  Your previous completion of the course counts towards your Certificate of Completion.

Q:  What if I can't make it to the Bible class at 5pm?
A:  Since we use the Discipleship Curriculum for this class, you can take one of the other DC classes available through Northside--usually at night or early morning.  Check with us for a schedule.  If you have the option, we'd rather you take the class within the School of Ministry.

Q:  What if I've already taken Financial Peace?
A:  There is a 9-week segment within the LifeSkills class in year one.  We'll discount your tuition by $90 if you already have the books, but we recommend that you attend the classes again.

Q:  What if I can only attend one year?
A:  That's fine.  Life happens.  If you complete only year one, you will not qualify for a certificate.  You'll still benefit from the Bible and LifeSkills classes that will help you regardless of your next pursuit.  If you want to take year two courses later, that's fine.

Q:  What if I miss a few classes?
A:  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.

Q:  Will I receive a grade in the classes?
A:  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.

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Financial
Q:  Is there anything that tuition doesn't cover?

A:  We've covered it pretty well.  There's a $250 credit towards conferences, so there may be a little cost beyond that (See Conference/Mission Trip FAQ).  Everything for your class studies is covered.

Q:  What if I need to drop out?
A:  After the initial $100 application fee, $450 is due before the beginning of each semester.  If you drop out before classes start, we'll refund what you've paid.  If you drop out after classes begin, we will not be able to refund your tuition (since books, etc, will have been purchased).

Q:  Are there any scholarships available?
A:  We've kept tuition so low by subsidizing the actual cost with other funds, that we won't be able to provide additional scholarships.

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Practicum

Q:  What areas of ministry participate in the practicum program?
A:  Outreach/Missions, Student Ministries, Children's Ministries, Worship, Creative Arts/Production, and Adult Ministries.

Q:  Do I have to be approved for the practicum program?
A:  Yes.  Some ministries have limited space for SOM students.  In addition, your time availability, attitude, and aptitude will need to match what's needed for a particular ministry area.  Prior to the practicum which starts in the 2nd semester, you will interview with potential supervising ministers/directors to be approved.

Q:  What if I'm not approved for a practicum?
A:  For various reasons, unfortunately, it is possible to not be approved.  Consider this like a job or internship opportunity--it's not guaranteed.  If you're not approved, you may continue to take the classes, and hopefully another practicum opportunity comes available in the future.  You'll need the practicum to qualify for the Certificate of Completion of the program.  

Q:  How/when do I select a ministry to do my practicum with?
A:  In the first semester of the first year, you'll get to experience a little bit of a lot of different ministries to help you discover your interests.  The LifeSkills class will help match you with the right ministry by the end of the first semester.  You'll then need to be approved by the supervising minister/director.

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Conferences/Mission Trip

Q:  What conference(s) will I attend in Year One?
A:  If you're college age, you'll attend the Passion Conference in January with The Return.  If you're over age 25, we'll select another conference, depending on what's available, and what conference our ministry staff might be attending.  Everyone will attend the International Conference on Missions (ICOM) in November or receive $100 towards another conference.

Q:  What conference(s) will I attend in Year Two?
A:  Since you'll be taking the Leadership Development class, we'll plan for you to attend a leadership conference.  This could be Build, Drive, Catalyst, Summit, or another, depending on where our ministry staff plans to attend.  Also, the ministry team that where you are serving your practicum may attend another conference to which you may be invited.  

Q:  Do I need to pay extra for the conferences?
A:  In Year One, you'll attend the ICOM (Int'l Conference on Missions).  All but meals are covered on that one.  For other conferences, we've built in a credit of $250.  If there's a cost beyond that, it'll be up to you.  We try to keep the cost low, and usually find a conference within driving distance to save on transportation.  Typically, the credit will cover registration, housing, and transportation.  There may be a few meals that you'll need to pay for.

Q:  What Outreach/Mission Trip can I attend?
A:  If you are enrolled in the full program (classes + practicum) part of your tuition helps provide a credit of $900 towards a mission trip in the last semester of the 2nd year.  You can participate in any Northside trip taking place after January, including a trip later than the completion of the program.

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