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Heartland Conference School of Ministry 2017-2019

As fall is approaching and we all begin to settle back in to a routine, I wanted to take an opportunity to remind you about the

Heartland Conference School of Ministry.  

What is the Heartland Conference School of Ministry? 

It is a two year program in which you will be equipped to serve as a leader in a healthy church. You could even be serving as a senior pastor.

Overview and Requirements

The Heartland School of Ministry is a 16 –course program to train ministers, ministerial candidates , and lay leaders. We operate on a 2-year cycle with 8 classes per year (September –November and January-May). The format is modular, so classes may be taken in any order.

Each course includes reading, pre-class assignment(s) and an exciting class taught by experts in the subject matter. Those who complete the School of Ministry receive a diploma and qualify for ministerial licensing in the Heartland Conference.

You can choose to audit—enjoy the classroom interaction without the pre-class assignment or receiving a grade.

There are no formal academic requirements for admission to the school, but a pastoral recommendation is required.

Class Structure

Classes meet once a month on a Friday evening and Saturday. On the Friday, check-in and dinner begin at 6:00, and a class typically runs from 7:00-9:30. Saturdays feature a breakfast beginning 30 minutes before class begins (normal start time for class is 9:00 but is subject to change).

Dress is casual and snacks are served during the class sessions.

School of Ministry students are entitled to stay in the conference dorms for a low cost.


Classes are held at the Heartland Conference Retreat Center at I40 and Anderson Rd in Oklahoma

How much will it cost???                          


Registration: $35.00

Tuition (each course): $50.0

Tuition (for spouse): $25.00

Audit Fee: $25.00

Textbooks (per course, estimate): $10.00—$25.00

Dorm Room (optional): $25.00           

 Those holding at least Local Church Minister’s License receive $20.00 off each course.

Heartland Conference senior pastors receive a total tuition scholarship for each course (book not included),

To Enroll

Fill out admission application. Have pastor complete a recommendation form.


Courses Offered for 2017-2019

Old Testament Survey

                                September 15-16, 2017

A synopsis of the Old Testament touching in the themes, background and messages of each book.

New Testament Survey

                                October 20-21, 2017

An overview of the New Testament including themes, background and messages of each book.

World Missions

                                November 17-18, 2017

Creating connection for/in missions within the local church and globally.

Life and Ministry of Christ

                                January 19-20, 2018

An overview of the events and teaching of Christ.

Communicating the Gospel – Speaking, Technology, and Social Media

                                February 16-17, 2018

Public speaking principles for preaching and teaching, using technology in communicating your message.

Communicating the Gospel – Part 2 – Speaking, Technology, and Social Media

                                March 23-24, 2018

Utilizing the information gained in Communicating the Gospel each student will write and deliver a sermon in front of their peers and a panel of pastors and leaders – feedback will be given.       

Evangelism and Church Planting

                                April 20-21, 2018

Focus on the role of an evangelist as well as how to plant a new church thru evangelism.

Marriage and Family

                                May 18-19, 2018

Biblical fundamentals for strong and healthy marriages and families; lead your ministry by example.


                                September 14-15, 2018

Holy Spirit

                                October 19-20, 2018

A look at the Holy Spirit in the Bible and in the release of power in the believer’s life – includes a gift and personality profile.

Spiritual Formation

                                November 16-17, 2018

An overview of living a life fully devoted to Christ and reproducing that life in others. This class will include a look at identifying core values and developing ministry ethics based on biblical and personal core values. 


                                January 18-19, 2019

A survey of the fundamental book of the Protestant Reformation; also a solid overview of the Gospel of Jesus Christ including foundational doctrines such as salvation, justification, and sanctification.

Worship Arts

                                February 15-16, 2019

An examination of spiritual, pragmatic, and biblical principles for leading worship including musical styles, drama, and media presentations.

Pastoral Ministry

                                March 15-16, 2019

A look at the many roles in pastoral ministry including but not limited to shepherding, biblical counseling and pastoral care.

Church Administration

                                April 12-13, 2019

A systematic discussion of practical leadership in the local church – how to conduct a board meeting, bookkeeping, monthly reporting, hosting another church in your church, etc., includes a module on protecting children.

History and Doctrine of the IPHC

                                May 17-18, 2019

A history of the IPHC along with her Articles of Faith and doctrinal distinctive; includes current denominational emphases.

** Classes and Dates are subject to change           

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Seniors' Luau 2012

Charlene WestRev. Dick Goad, whom I recently appointed pastor of Senior Ministers in the Heartland, sponsored a Hawaiian luau at the Heartland Retreat Center Friday evening, October 12, attended by about 75 seniors from across the conference. Pastor Goad is an excellent chef and prepared a meal of pulled pork and beef with all the trimmings. It was a festive evening that included a hilarious highlight with Don Burchett organizing a hula dance. Charlene West was the guest speaker and James and Thelma McDowell were crowned king and queen. The food was excellent and the fellowship was rich.

Congratulations, Dick and Esther! You're off to a great start in senior adult ministry in the Heartland.

-Pictures below-

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