How Discover Works

Discover Ministry School is separated into "Tiers", each building upon the last.  Tier One and Tier Two consist of four 9-week quarters each. Tier Three is uniquely designed for each individual with the help of Discover leadership.

Tier One: Discover FoundationsOpen to everyone

  • One night per week – 2 hours per class
  • Teaching by select pastors, who have a track record of success
  • Students gather from multiple churches at a centrally located host church site
  • Multiple host sites in region where teaching is a live broadcast video (broadcast sites may change from course to course)
  • A Campus Director at each site (who is also a pastor) that leads discussion, provides oversight, and administrative support
  • Nine week class term includes reading, homework, testing, church attendance, and ministry involvement in their local church
  • Weekly class format includes 45 minutes of teaching, 1 hour of discussion, 15 minutes of Q & A, with opportunities for group interaction
  • Registration and class assignments managed through a central, web-based learning management system called Moodle -
  • Completion of first 4 courses results in a “Certificate of Completion.”

Tier Two: Discover Leadership

The requirements for application to Tier Two are:

  1. Tier One Certificate (or equivalent)
  2. A recommendation by your lead pastor
  3. Assessment and approval by Discover leadership

The Discover Leadership track in Tier Two includes:

  • Next level ministry training
  • Further development of a biblical, missional ecclesiology through weekly courses, assignments and reading
  • Two “intensives” where all Tier Two students will gather for additional training
  • A local “community” environment with other Tier Two students
  • Encouragement and potential opportunities to learn and start something (e.g. trade, ministry, etc.) from “ground level.”

Tier Three: Lifelong Learning (and path to Open Bible Credentials)

  • Those who have successfully completed Tier Two are encouraged to continue on the path of lifelong learning, and if so desired, apply for credentials with Open Bible Churches.  Candidates would be assessed for any additional requirements to be met before being eligible for ministerial credentials.  Discover leadership will also work with Tier Three students to develop ministry opportunities that fulfill their unique calling.