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SSM

Summer School of Ministry

WHAT

WHO

What is SSM?

What does it look like?

Who is SSM for?

Who are the directors & instructors?

What
Who

Summer School of Ministry is a 10 week experience aimed at equipping and empowering students to fully grasp their identity in Christ and live the kind of missional life that Christ demonstrated for us in the gospels. SSM seeks to instill foundational practices and core values in the lives of our students so that whatever their next step in life is: college, military, a career, marriage, or unknown, they will carry the gospel and the love of Jesus into the world.

SSM will meet three Tuesday through Thursday mornings and Sunday evenings. Each day students will spend time in a posture of devotion, discovery, and discussion as they hear from multiple instructors and spend time in the Word. We will not go beyond 12:30 each day so students can still work jobs, take summer classes, and still be committed to family and other obligations. See the schedule below:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

9am - 9:30am: Chapel & Devotion (Followed by a 15 min break)

9:45am - 11am: Session 1 (Followed by a 15 min break)

11:15am - 12:30pm: Session 2

 

Sundays

6pm - Bible Study

*Chapels will vary from day to day. Over the course of the 10 weeks this time will include prayer and worship, going downtown to pray over our city and minister to those we encounter, receiving words from multiple voices in our church and city-wide body.

*Sessions will vary as well. At times these will be lecture-based, as we hear from instructors from all over the nation who are seasoned veterans in the faith and in ministry. Other times these sessions will be led by our directors or may include discussion-based activities.

Summer School of Ministry is open to anyone out of high school. Our program is great for those who are interested in going into vocational ministry, but is specifically focused on making ministry a part of our daily lives and not just within the walls of the Church. If you desire for God to use you wherever He wants, whenever He wants, and however He wants, this school is for you.

What does it cost?

Total tuition is $500.00, which equates to $50 a week. This is the total cost of the entire program and includes access to the SSM library, materials, instruction, as well as a four day prayer retreat at the coast. Tuition can be submitted as one lump payment or may be split into two payments of $250.00 due by May 10 and May 24. We do not offer refunds, as funds are solely used for the operation of SSM. Aside from financial expectation, there is also an expectation to be fully involved at Breezewood Church throughout your time in the school. 

Instructors & Ministry Leaders

Over the course of the summer our students will have the blessing of sitting under the teaching and ministry of the following kingdom leaders:

Eric Gilbert
Eric Gilbert

3 Trees Church Lead Pastor

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Keith Burch
Keith Burch

CrossView Church Lead Pastor

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Glenn Walters
Glenn Walters

Judah Church & Shabbach Conferences Lead Pastor & Founder

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Tim Beck
Tim Beck

King's Way Church Missions Pastor

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Sharon Farruggia
Sharon Farruggia

Harvest Christian Fellowship Lead Pastor

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Bill Vines
Bill Vines

Breezewood Church Lead Pastor

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Michelle Sanchez
Michelle Sanchez

Breezewood Church Children's Pastor

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John Parker
John Parker

Manifold Entrepreneur & Music Artist

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Jeff Burkardt
Jeff Burkardt

Oasis Bethany Church Lead Pastor

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Paula Hess
Paula Hess

Navigators & Mentoring Director for Fayetteville Christian School

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Cameron Brice
Cameron Brice

Covenant Love Lead Pastor

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Jill Kelley
Jill Kelley

Breezewood Church

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Zach
Kelley

Associate Pastor

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Will
Vines

Worship Pastor

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Austin
Travelstead

Student Pastor

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Aaron
Bopst

Campus Life Director

The SSM Team
 

On a weekly basis students will be led by our SSM team of directors. Coming alongside of these four will be a team of voices from our local body, from the community, and from around the nation. These guest instructors will teach principles, practicalities, and strategies, as well as share life experience and minister directly to students' needs.

WHEN

When

When is it?

- First day is Tuesday, June 6

- Last day is Thursday, August 10

- Graduation Ceremony will take place on Sunday, August 20

*We will take a 4 day retreat out of town as a group from June 11-14

Weekly Schedule:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

9am - 9:30am: Chapel & Devotion (Followed by a 15 min break)

9:45am - 11am: Session 1 (Followed by a 15 min break)

11:15am - 12:30pm: Session 2

Sundays

6pm - 7pm - Bible Study

When are applications and fees due?

- Applications must be submitted online by Sun. April 30

- The first payment of $250.00 must be submitted online or in person by Wed. May 10

- The second payment of $250.00 must be submitted online or in person by Wed. May 24

WHERE

Where

Where will SSM take place?

Outside of scheduled times of outreach and serving around the city and the four-day retreat, SSM will take place on the Breezewood Church campus, in several of our facilities.

WHY

Why

Why should I give my summer to SSM?

Our school of ministry differs from other ministry schools in several strategic ways:

1. It's only a ten week program. Most other ministry schools require a full year commitment with fall and spring semesters, forcing students to choose them over working or college enrollment.  SSM allows you to take advantage of your summer break to the fullest extent by growing in God and growing with others in a way that enables you to still honor other commitments in your life.

2. Our focus is on learning, not knowing. To be a disciple means to be a disciplined-learner. That means the one prerequisite to our program is a willingness to learn. All of our students as well as our instructors are at different places in their walk with the Lord, so we will all grow together from different starting points. Ultimately the Holy Spirit is our instructor and knows what every individual is most in need of, so our goal is to be led by Him each and every single session, each and every single day.

3. We want to prepare you to live life, not just do church. Many schools of ministry do an amazing job at training individuals and groups for platform ministry, and while that is beneficial, it's not always fruitful. Learning to communicate the Word (preach) and lead others well is a part of our curriculum, but it's not the focus. If vocational ministry is your goal, this is a great place to start and we will resource you for the next steps but what is most important is that you learn to live a life of ministry in relationship with the Father. 

4. Your impact matters. We are living in peculiar times, with culture and society quickly becoming more and more secular. The Judeo-Christian values that our nation was founded on are being increasingly undermined with each passing year. This is not a time to fear but rather a time to rise up and shine before others. Gone are the days when believers could attend Church and be fully equipped for kingdom living. SSM fills in the gap between what you hear in sermons and how you apply it to your life so that the gospel can go forward to the world. Now more than ever, every single believer must be thoroughly prepared to face adversity and advance the kingdom.

HOW

How do I appLy?

How

To apply you must simply fill out the registration form at the link below. If you do not attend Breezewood Church you will be asked to submit a reference from your Pastor in addition to filling out the application. Once you have submitted the application online it will be reviewed by our directors who will then contact you for an individual meeting to sit down and discuss the possibility of your enrollment. You will not be asked to submit tuition payments of any kind before officially being enrolled.

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