Our History & Plans

Our History

Nigeria Pastors Class 2013In 2001 we began planning a different kind of Graduate School for training pastors and ministry leaders. We saw how unprepared and frustrated most of the pastors and leaders we worked with were regarding the practical aspects of ministry. In that year we began the International Graduate School of Ministry with approval from the Washington Student Achievement Council for the State of Washington. Since that time we have been working almost exclusively with students internationally. During the last few years the Lord has been stretching us to consider an even more radical approach to training and equipping pastors and ministry leaders.

We believe that now is the time to launch a revised format for IGSM. The needs have not changed but because of our experiences over the last 13 years of ministry we now feel are much more aware of the real needs of pastors and ministry leaders as well as what needs to be done to facilitate healthy and effective churches and ministries. We definitely feel called to create a new learning community that is significantly different than what most training institutions are doing today.

Our Plans

Our plans for the IGSM program transformation includes three phases.

Phase 1 – Build digital content resources – This includes CD/DVD training as well as internet based content depending on student accessibility. We also are continuing to make agreements with seminaries and Bible colleges in major cities where possible so that students can use their library resources.

Phase 2 – Local training and equipping centers of excellence – Adding learning and facilitation centers in key locations using churches or schools as learning sites. This would include computer availability for students virtually every day. It would also include Bible software, courses offered on CD’s or DVD’s, library resources and where possible internet access.

Phase 3 – Delivering empowered learning communities globally – Full roll-out of our virtual learning environment allowing for more rapid growth and expansion of all levels and programs, while at the same time keeping overhead expenses at significantly lower levels than more traditional brick-and-mortar schools.

The key points of emphasis over the next few years are:

  • Continuing to identify and partner with key instructors and mentors both in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Developing the necessary content and delivery systems for additional learning modules.
  • Increasing student population nationally and internationally while identifying national and regional coordinators who could help provide student oversight and accountability.
  • Securing funding through foundation grants and individual donor gifts that would allow us to build additional operational capacity.