The Ascension Life School of Ministry (Bible College) has a two-fold purpose in meeting the
requirements of the Associate of Applied Ministry degree (A.A.M). First, special emphasis is
given to the fields of practical ministry and spiritual formation, where students are introduced
to subjects that are purposed to help them in their spiritual development, as well as their ability
to do the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:11–16; cf. Mark 16:15–18). Second, a strong biblical
foundation is laid so that students will be equipped to give a reasoned defense for their
Christian beliefs and practices (1 Peter 3:15; 2 Tim. 3:16-17), as well as the ability to articulate a
biblical worldview that gives glory to God.
Objectives and Outcomes
The Associate of Applied Ministry degree (A.A.M.) is a one-year degree program that meets twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays (6:30pm), at Ascension Life Church. Monday nights focus on spiritual development (e.g., spiritual formation, forgiveness, prayer, inner healing), as well as the practical ministry side of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry (i.e., healing the sick, faith, prophecy, etc.). Wednesday nights focus on key books of the Bible (e.g., Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, 1 Corinthians, Acts, etc.), including New Testament themes that are important to the fields of biblical studies and theology (e.g., justification by faith, righteousness, substitutionary atonement, spiritual gifts, the Holy Spirit, etc.).
In order to complete the degree requirement for the Ascension Life School of Ministry and be issued a diploma at the end of the year, students must attend both Monday and Wednesday nights. Students are required to attend at least 80% of weekly meetings. If a student misses a class, with exception to working as a volunteer (that night) in one of the church ministries (nursery, children’s church, etc.), the student will be required to do make-up work (i.e., a written/typed summary paragraph, app. 100-150 words, double-spaced, of what was covered in the previous class). Also, at the end of each block of training (e.g., four weeks on healing, eight weeks on Romans, etc.), students will be required to turn in a one-page written/typed summary, double-spaced, 150-300 words, on the subject material covered and how to apply it
to their daily walk and/or ministry. At the end the one-year program, students who have successfully met the requirements of the program will be issued a diploma, recognizing their achievement of having fulfilled the degree requirements of the Ascension Life School of Ministry Associate of Applied Ministry (A.A.M).