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Academics Overview

FIRE School of Ministry is not only committed to the spiritual development of our students, but we also endeavor to provide a strong academic environment in which our students can be trained. We are committed to equipping our students by grounding them in the Word of God and in sound theological teaching, as well as providing hands-on opportunities for our students to be trained in various areas of ministry.

FIRE School of Ministry offers several different programs in which students may enroll:

  • FSM awards an Associate in Practical Ministry degree to students who successfully complete the first two years of our program.
  • FSM awards an Advanced Diploma in Practical Ministry to students who successfully complete our three year program.
  • FSM also awards a Bachelor in Practical Ministry degree to students who successfully complete the above programs, as well as earn a total of 120 credit hours. Opportunities are available for students to continue earning credits toward the Bachelor in Practical Ministry degree after completing FSM’s three year program.
  • Students who are interested in the ministry of worship may pursue the Advanced Diploma in Practical MinistryWorship Emphasis, or the Bachelor in Practical Ministry – Worship Emphasis degree.

For more detailed information regarding FSM’s academic programs, and a list of required courses, please see the School Catalog.

Weekly Schedule

FIRE School of Ministry operates on a semester schedule, with two, sixteen-week semesters per year. Core classes meet from 8:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays, and electives meet in the afternoons. Classes also meet each Tuesday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to the class sessions, students are also required to participate in outside ministry. Specific times will vary for each ministry. The Academic Calendar lists specific dates.

Faculty and Staff

All of our faculty members have years of ministry experience, and several of them are active in biblical scholarship and academic research and writing. To find out more about our faculty and staff, please visit the Faculty and Staff page.

Transfer of Credit /Accreditation

FIRE School of Ministry has partnered with three accredited universities, all of whom will accept FSM’s credits. This will help enable students to pursue further education after studying at FSM. Please see the Transfer of Credit page for more details.

Due to the call God has given FIRE School of Ministry to make mentoring and hands-on ministry training and experience such an integral part of our program, FIRE School of Ministry is not accredited at this time. Nevertheless, FIRE School of Ministry does place a high value on academic excellence and seeks to instill a sound biblical worldview and an advanced level of biblical understanding into all of our students. All of our faculty members have years of ministry experience, and several of them are active in biblical scholarship and academic research and writing.