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  • General

  • Washington Student Achievement Council

    The Washington Student Achievement Council has determined that the International Graduate School of Ministry qualifies for religious exempt status from the Degree-Granting Institutions Act for the following programs: Bachelor of Ministry (B.Min); Master of Ministry (M.Min.); and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.). The Council makes no evaluation of the administration, faculty, business practices, financial condition or quality of the offerings by this institution. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the ct or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

    • Instructor

      Henry Klopp Bio PictureDr. Henry Klopp is the President of the International Graduate School of Ministry. Dr. Klopp has his Doctor of Ministry degree in the field of Church Growth and has done graduate work at both Fuller Theological Seminary and the California Graduate School of Theology. Dr. Klopp received his training for church consulting from the Charles E. Fuller Institute in Pasadena, California, and served as an associate consultant for them for eight years. He has done part-time consulting with churches since 1983. During that time he worked individually with over 100 churches representing more than twenty different denominations throughout the United States. He has also worked internationally, training and equipping pastors for ministry. Dr. Klopp has also helped start eight new churches in the Seattle area.

      Dr. Klopp has also served in several pastoral positions; Pastor of Evangelism (Overlake Christian Church—Kirkland, WA), Executive Pastor (Eastside Foursquare Church--Kirkland, WA), Executive Pastor (CrossPointe Church—Bothell, WA), Interim Sr. Pastor (CrossPointe Church—Bothell, WA), Interim Sr. Pastor (Village Chapel Church—Renton, WA).

      Henry also served as Acting Chancellor for the Northwest Graduate School of Ministry (Kirkland, WA). He later founded the International Graduate School of Ministry in 2001 for training pastors and ministry leaders. Currently there are 240+ students enrolled in 28 different countries. He teaches seminary courses on Strategic Planning, Finance & Stewardship, Conflict Resolution, Church Reengineering, Personal Ministry Assessment, Ministry Fit, Managing Successful Church Building Projects and Evangelism. Currently he also serves as Executive Director of the International Fellowship of Ministries.

      Henry has written six books: Ministry Game Plan: Developing God’s Mission and Vision for Your Congregation (Baker Books, 2001);  Leadership Game Plan: Christian Leadership in an Age of Confusion (Baker Books, 2004); Destined for Victory: Learning to Thrive Not Just Survive (2011); At the Cross (2012); The Missing Pieces: The Critical Role of Ministry Alignment and Context (2013)and Exodus Revisited: Discovering God’s Purposes for Life’s Transitions (2014). Henry has traveled extensively with visits to over 50 countries internationally.

      • Student Documentation and Requirements

        On the website under the drop down menu "Forms" you will find a copy of the "Module Log." It is important that you fill this out each and every time you do any study related to this module and keep it as part of your personal ministry portfolio. This, along with your other work, will provide documentation that you have completed the necessary work to receive credit for this module.

        Below you will see how to fill out the Class Hours for your work in the “Module Log.”


        Class Hours

        1 hour Meeting with Mentor

        1 hour

        30 pages Reading

        1 hour

        1 hour Bible Study

        1 hour

        1 hour in-Group/Class time

        1 hour

        1 hour Listening/Watching—audio/CD/DVD

        1 hour

        1 hour Prayer/Meditation

        1 hour

        1 hour Writing Assignment – not final paper

        1 hour

        1 “page” Writing Assignment - Final Paper (300 words per page)

        1 1/2 hours

        1 hour Practical Ministry - related to module

        1 hour

        For the Final Paper the number of pages assumes it is typed, double-spaced, and 11 point font for the body of the paper which would be approximately 300 words per page. Based on the table below you will see how many hours credit you get for this writing assignment. This is what you should record in the Module Log.

        For your final paper in each module we have the following requirements:


        Writing Requirement

        Class Hours


        10 pages

        15 hours


        15 pages

        22.5 hours


        20 pages

        30 hours


        In the Appendices you will find a copy of the "Module Log." There is also a copy on our website under the “Forms” drop down men. It is important that you fill out this form each and every time you do any study related to the module and keep it as part of your personal ministry portfolio. This, along with your other work, will provide documentation that you have completed the necessary work to receive credit for this module.

        It is expected that you will complete 120 hours of work for a standard 4 hour module. This is done through a variety of assignments and activities. We recommend you discuss your plan for fulfilling this 120 hour requirement with your mentor before starting your study. All class hours require proper documentation from your mentor. As indicated in the chart above class hours can be accumulated from several sources:

        • Meeting with Mentor
        • Reading Assignments
        • Bible Study Assignments
        • Group Time/Class Time Assignments
        • Listening/Watching Assignments
        • Prayer/Meditation Assignments
        • Writing Assignments
        • Practical ministry Assignments
        • Final Paper
        • Meeting with Mentor

          Students are required to schedule at least one meeting monthly with their mentor. The purpose of the meeting is threefold: (1) discussion of where they are personally (emotional state, family, ministry, personal spiritual disciplines, etc.), (2) discussion of experience and academic progress in your studies, (3) plans for next month (personally and professionally)—these plans should specifically address areas of concern identified in first question. Be sure to document the time spent with your mentor in your Module Log Sheet.

          • Reading Assignments - Published Materials

            Each syllabus provides some different possibilities for reading assignments. We recognize that many of you have limited access and/or financial ability to reading resources. However for those who do we want to provide some options. Some modules also include material produced by the instructor. You are expected to discover additional, relevant material for study on their own with the help and guidance of your mentor. This could be material from a local Bible college or seminary library, online resources, or other books and materials that are available. 

            Written documentation of all reading should be included as part of your Module Log. A suggested form for writing a report on anything you have read is included below. It is expected that you will actively involve yourself by critically reviewing and evaluating what you read.

            Reading Report
            1. What were the main thoughts/ideas presented in what you heard/read/watched
            2. What did you like best or agree with most strongly from what you heard/read/watched?
            3. What did you not like or not agree with from what you heard/read/watched? (If there was nothing you did not like or agree with simply write that)
            4. How would you rate/grade this resource in terms of how helpful/how informative it was? (1 = low/10 = high) ________
            5. How did this resource help you personally? How did it help prepare you for doing ministry?

            If you wish to purchase your own books, here are some you might want to consider.

            • Benner, David G. Desiring God's Will: Aligning Our Hearts With The Heart Of God (InterVarsity Press, 2005), 123 pages.
            • Benner, David G. The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery (InterVarsity Press, 2004), 114 pages.
            • Biehl, Bobb. Focusing Your Life: A Proven Personal Retreat Guide based on the "Life Blueprint Chart" (Quick Wisdom Publishing; 1st edition, 2001), 198 pages.
            • Brennfleck, Kevin & Brennfleck, Kay Marie. Live Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission in Life (Jossey-Bass, 2009), 304 pages.
            • Buford, Bob. Halftime: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance (Zondervan; 1 edition, 1997), 192 pages.
            • Clinton, J. Robert & Haubert. The Joshua Portrait: A Study in Leadership Development, Leadership Transition, and Destiny Fulfillment(Barnabas Publishers, 1990), 120 pages.
            • Clinton, J. Robert. Leadership Emergence Theory--A Self-Study Manual for Analyzing the Development of a Christian Leader (Barnabas Publishers, 1989), 460 pages.
            • Clinton, J. Robert. The Making of a Leader (City Christian Publishing, 1996), 362 pages.
            • Clinton, J. Robert & Allen, Daniel. Nehemiah Focused Leadership (Barnabas Publishers, 2003), 312 pages.
            • Clinton, J. Robert. Philemon--A Study in Leadership Style (Barnabas Publishers, 2006), 168 pages.
            • Guinness, Os. The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life (Thomas Nelson, 2003), 268 pages.
            • Malphurs, Aubrey. Maximizing Your Effectiveness,: How to Discover and Develop Your Divine Design (Baker Books; 2 Reprint edition, 2006), 240 pages.
            • Mattson, Ralph T.& Miller, Arthur F. Finding a Job You Can Love (P & R Publishing, 1999), 192 pages.
            • Ogden, Greg & Meyer, Daniel. Leadership Essentials: Shaping Vision, Multiplying Influence, Defining Character (IVP Connect, 2007), 176 pages.
            • Schuurman, Douglas J. Vocation: Discerning Our Callings in Life (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003), 204 pages.
            • Smith, Gordon T. Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God-given Potential (IVP Books, 2011), 269 pages.
            • Trent, John. Life Mapping (WaterBrook Press; Workbook edition, 1998), 272 pages.

            You may be able to use a local Bible College or Seminary library to find some of the above resources or additional ones that might be helpful. Be sure and discuss with your mentor any books you intend to read so they can guide and give their recommendations.

            • Reading Assignments - Instructor Materials

            • Reading Assignments - Web Resources

              If you have internet access you might consider researching some of the following websites or do your own research. Remember to log the time you spend on this assignment and label it “Internet Research.” Also, fill out a Reading/Listening/Watching Report form for any source you choose to use.

              Website with lots of free options for bible study and/or resources on biblical topics

              •  - Online Christian Library. Virtual Theological Resources A Worldwide Christian Internet
              • - Online reading rooms: Biblical-theological resources
              • – Includes access to: Christianity Today magazine articles; Christian History  - articles on a wide variety of topics; Leadership Journal -  articles from the magazine 1980-2015; Leadership Books - 50 volumes from seven major Leadership book series; Books & Culture – Articles on the books, movies, music, and ideas that have shaped, and continue to shape, the world around us. 1995 to the present; Re-Generation - Equipping the emerging generation to transform their world by providing commentary, critique, and celebration of communities and culture. Published by the Veritas Forum – 1995-2003.
              •  - The Copac® library catalogue gives free access to the merged online catalogues of major University and National Libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library 
              •  - This is an excellent resource although most of the modern books are limited to only a “preview.” On a side note, if a page is not viewable in Google books (because of the “preview” limitations), you can often find it at using the “Look Inside” feature.
              • - Christian Classics Ethereal Library – The Christian Classics Ethereal Library is undoubtedly the largest collection of historic Christian resources on the web.
              •  – This site houses an expansive array of articles, organized by both topic and by book of the Bible. 

              Websites that require paid membership and/or purchase of books or articles:

                     Annual membership for 99.95 USD

                     Semester membership (four months) for 49.95 USD

                     Monthly membership for 19.95 USD

              The following links were the result of a Google search using “personal ministry assessment," divine destiny," or "divine purpose." We recommend you choose at least one related to spiritual gifts assessment, one related to the DiSC personality style assessment, and one related to the Situational Leadership style assessment. You will find these assessments discussed in the materials written by the instructor.

              If you do not have internet access we have provided (where possible) files for you on a tablet computer or through use of a flash drive for your computer.

            • Bible Study Assignments

              Every module will likely include a required Bible Study or studies. These may be Old Testament, New Testament or both.

              Below is a basic outline you can use for your study. If you have taken our module KW-547 Inductive Bible Study you can use what you have learned in place of the outline below.

              We strongly recommend that you use a Bible software program if you have access to the internet. While there are some excellent programs that are available if you are willing to pay the fees (Logos/Bible Soft, etc.) there are also free programs that anyone can use. The best two at the current time are:

              e-Sword (PC, Mac, iPad and iPhone)

              e-Sword is the original free Bible software program. Started in 2000, the program was primarily available for the PC. Since that time, it has been adapted for use with the Mac (using a WINE emulator), iPad and the iPhone. Downloads are available at

              and-bible (Andorid, Mobile, Tablet)

              Over 40 English versions of the bible. Totally offline after initial download, the bible in over 700 languages, 26 commentaries. To download go to Android App MarketAmazonAppBrain or SlideMe.

              If you have internet access the following free websites also offer some excellent bible study tools.

              Step 1 - Reading

              1. Read each passage slowly, underlining or circling key words
              2. Read each passage at normal speed.

              Step 2 - Questioning

              1. Write down 3-5 questions you would like to ask God from each passage.

              Step 3 - Analyzing

              1. Decide where you think the paragraph breaks should be in each passage.
              2. Underline the key sentence or part of a sentence (no more than 6 words) that best summarizes the main thought of each paragraph.
              3. Decide which of the sentences you selected is the most important one for each passage.
              4. Write a title for the passage (in your own words) that summarizes the thought in that key sentence.

              Step 4 – Interpretation

              1. What do you believe are the main things God was saying through each passage to the first people who heard or read it?

              Step 5 – Application

              1. What do you believe are the main things God is saying to you through each passage? What is he asking you to do? What is he asking you to think? What does he want you to understand?
            • Group or Module Time Assignments

              We recommend that every student be involved in a weekly group meeting with other students. This will give you an opportunity to discuss the material you are studying, ask questions, pray together, etc.

              Also, we are asking your group to spend the last few weeks of each module evaluating the module you are taking. We want you to have one person in your group take notes of the group’s comments and then have another one in the group type these up and turn them in to your Coordinator. This paper accounts for 20% of your final grade. The questions we want the group to address are as follows:

              • What did you like best about this module.
              • What was difficult for you, was confusing to you, or something you disagreed with in this module.
              • What was your opinion of the Instructor Materials?
              • What was your opinion of the Internet Materials?
              • What was your opinion of the Video and Audio Materials?
              • What were the most important things you learned from this module?
              • How will you use what you have learned from this module in your personal life and ministry?
              • Give an overall rating of the course from 1-10 (1 = low/10 = high)? What did you give it this rating?

              Everybody in the group will get the same grade for this paper. It should be approximately 4-6 pages in length.

              The time you spend together in the group will provide valuable feedback for each of you as you discuss your thoughts, ideas, and opinions on the material you are studying. Be sure to record in your Module Log the dates and number of hours you spent interacting with other students.

              • Listening /Watching Assignments

                These assignments are related to the use of CD or DVD resources, internet resources such as YouTube, or attending a seminar, etc. Like the reading assignments we ask you to use the form below to evaluate each source that you use and document the time spent in your Module Log. Feel free to study any or all of the resources listed or do your own research by doing a subject search on internet sites such as YouTube.

                Listening/Watching Report
                1. What were the main thoughts/ideas presented in what you heard/read/watched
                2. What did you like best or agree with most strongly from what you heard/read/watched?
                3. What did you not like or not agree with from what you heard/read/watched? (If there was nothing you did not like or agree with simply write that)
                4. How would you rate/grade this resource in terms of how helpful/how informative it was? (1 = low/10 = high) ________
                5. How did this resource help you personally? How did it help prepare you for doing ministry?

                If you do not have internet access we have provided MP3 or MP4 versions of each resource in the directory "KS-525 Personal Ministry Assessment" on DVD's or flash drives.

              • Prayer/Meditation Assignments

                These assignments will provide another important source of information for each module.

                Be sure when you take time to meditate that you first: (1) Ask the Holy Spirit to direct your mind and show you what he wants you to see, (2) Bind the enemy from distracting you or affecting your mind in any way.

                (Option 1) Find time to reflect on the questions you wanted to ask God from the Bible Study.

                Ask God to give you his wisdom and insight as to your question. Then listen quietly before God. As any ideas come to you write them down in your journal.

                (Option 2) – Think about one of the bible passages you studied. Picture yourself in the scene. You could be sitting listening to who is speaking or watching what is going on. As any ideas come to you write them down in your journal.

                (Option 3) – Spend time in prayer regarding the subject for this module. Think and meditate on what you have been learning.  As any ideas come to you write them down in your journal.

                Remember to write in your log the amount of time you spent in prayer and meditation and also the amount of time you spent writing in your journal.

                • Writing Assignments

                  There are two types of writing assignments that are normally part of each module:

                  (1) Written responses to module assignments. Be sure and record in your Module Log the amount of time you spent doing this writing.

                  (2) A final writing project (Final Paper) that integrates the material from the module with a specific area of need or interest to you that to your own ministry setting. Remember to record in your Module Log the amount of credit you get for writing (300 words = one page = 1 ½ hour credit).

                  These projects help bridge the normal gap between instruction and implementation. They help you to move from knowledge to wisdom. By wrestling with the concepts you have been learning and then applying those concepts to a particular issue or problem in a current ministry setting, you have the opportunity for genuine integration of the content with the necessary practical implementation.

                  All writing assignments should be included as part of your student portfolio for each module. 

                  • Practical Ministry Assignments

                    It is assumed that as a part of each learning module, you will be involved in some form of practical application of what you have been learning. These assignments allow you in a sense to practice what you have learned. This not only sharpens your skill sets but creates a hunger for additional training and equipping. These practical ministry assignments allow you to really test what you have been learning and at the same time grow personally in your ability and lead and minister to others.

                    You should discuss options for your Practical Ministry assignment with your coordinator. If you cannot think of a practical ministry assignment that fits with the particular module you are studying here is an option that many students are using.

                    • Invite a small group of people to your home, or a place where you can meet (4-7 people)
                    • Teach them for 2-3 hours about one of the aspects of the course you are studying that is of particular interest to you. Be sure and include time for discussion, answering questions, etc.
                    • Record the time you spent in your Module Log.

                    When you are finished with your practical ministry assignment you are required to write a brief paper (3-5 pages) detailing what you did. You can use the following questions if you want to help you in your paper.

                    • What did you do for your practical ministry assignment – give details.
                    • What response did you get to your ministry?
                    • What, in your opinion, worked well in your ministry?
                    • What problems or difficulties did you encounter in your ministry
                    • What would you do differently if you did it again?

                    Write down the time you spent in your Module Log and turn in your paper to your coordinator. It will be graded and will account for 20% of your final grade.

                    The number of hours/pages for these practical ministry assignments can vary based on the module and your preference.  Again, document the time spent in your Module Log.

                    • Final Paper Assignment

                      The last assignment in every module is a final paper. You choose the subject for this paper based on all of the other assignments you have completed. We want you to identify something that is practical and applicable for you in your current ministry setting. Think back over all of the material you have covered and use questions such as the following to come up with a subject that will provide practical application of what you have learned.

                      • What was something that significantly impacted you or really interested you – something you would like to spend additional time studying, thinking?
                      • Was there one of the questions in your Bible study that you would like to study in more depth?
                      • What is something that relates to the material in the module that you wished had more information – something that is important to you personally, but there wasn’t enough coverage of that subject in the materials you studied as part of the module?
                      • Was there something in the module that you significantly disagreed with and would like to study further so you can refine and clarify your own position on that subject?

                      For your final paper in each module we have the following requirements:


                      Writing Requirement


                      5 pages


                      10 pages


                      20 pages

                      Submit your paper, your written assignments, your book reports, and your Personal Log to your instructor, your Local Coordinator, or the IGSM office if the instructor or the Coordinator is not available.

                      • Module Log

                        Module Log



                        120 Hours

                        Class/Module Assignments


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