“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 


2 Timothy 2:15



Biblical Revelation

Learn to effectively study the Scriptures and draw your own conclusions from the text.

Gospel Lifestyle

Learn to live an everyday lifestyle that looks like Jesus in character, love, and the power of God.

Interactive Learning

It's more than teaching. Ask questions, share your insights, and discover truth together.

Spiritual Emphasis

We're not interested in teaching only information. We want each class to be an encounter with God.


Teaching / Training / Transformation

The Roots School of Ministry (RSOM) is designed for every believer—whether you've been following Jesus for 5 minutes or 50 years. With that said, it's only for those who really want to go in-depth with studying the Bible and learning to live a Spirit-filled life.

Students of the school receive lifetime access to a series of videos and outlines with high-quality teaching from leaders in our network. And by working through the curriculum with a small group of believers, you'll be able to wrestle with your own beliefs in a community of people who share your same values.


You'll not only understand what God's Word teaches on various subjects, but you'll develop the practical skills needed to multiply God's kingdom, empowered by the Hoy Spirit. We'd love to have you join us!


Our Primary Purpose is to raise up leaders within our local network of house churches.


Our Secondary Purpose is to train believers around the world to live in the love and power of Jesus while planting, growing, and multiplying effective home groups in their local environment.

Those who finish the entire first-year program will have: 

  • Studied and discussed the life of Christ in all four Gospels, 

  • Learned to effectively proclaim and minister the gospel in the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, 

  • Learned to lovingly express whatever gifts of the Spirit God leads them to express, both on the streets and in the context of a house church,

  • Developed skills in money management and debt-free living, healthy relationships, leadership, group management, personal evangelism, and more,

  • Learned to overcome sinful attitudes and painful life experiences to live free from the past,

  • Examined the beauty of the gospel, the power of prayer, the nature of God, and the thrilling reality of the Christian’s identity in Christ,

  • Engaged meaningfully in a house church family, 

  • Participated in practical, hands-on ministry,

  • And more…

What to Expect:

Our house churches aren't the only place where we believe interactivity is the best way to grow in Christ. We bring that same culture to our school, trusting our students to bring insights to each class.


Every class starts with the students and instructors discussing and sharing testimonies and things they learned during their study that week. Each student will have watched a two-part teaching video each week.

  • The first part is a step-by-step study of the life of Christ, reading and discussing all four gospels.

  • The second part is a topical study that focuses on some aspect of personal growth or practical ministry. Most weeks this teaching relates directly to something studied in the life of Christ portion.

After meeting to discuss what's being learned, students will have opportunities to practice what they're learning out on the streets, ministering to people in the love, compassion, and power of God. We celebrate successes and failures alike, because the so-called "failures" simply mean we're trying and learning. 

In summary, we believe the best learning environment is an interactive, immersive, and experiential culture where Scripture is honored as our final authority, people work together and encourage one another as a team, and Jesus is known to be both real and present.

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Instructors Art Thomas & JonMark Baker




Our primary text is the Bible. We'll study the life and ministry of Jesus in-depth with a roughly chronological journey through the four Gospels.

We'll also use the following two "40-Day" book studies, which we'll spread out over 35 weeks.

  • Paid in Full (also watch movie) – Thomas, Ammon, and Loruss

  • Voice of God (also watch movie) – Thomas, Ammon, and Loruss

For those who are eager to learn and love to read, we also recommend the following books, which we'll spread out in the syllabus throughout the year (these books are not required): 

  • The Heavenly Man – Paul Hattaway

  • Unburdened – Vance Pitman

  • At Work Within – Rick Osborne

  • Keeping the Fire – Rolland Baker

  • Family on Mission – Mike Breene

  • Money and the Prosperous Soul – Stephen K. De Silva

  • Limitless Hope – Art Thomas

  • Adventure of Saying YES – JonMark Baker


For each week's lesson, students are responsible to:

  • Watch between 2 and 4 hours of required videos. This includes about 45 minutes of teaching on the life of Christ and about an hour of teaching on the week's lesson topic.

  • Read approximately 1 hour of the Bible. Readings will explore the four Gospels and a few other Scriptures that cover the life of Christ, from eternity-past to eternity-future.

  • Complete the assigned readings, journal entries, and "action steps." These are all found in the two 40-Day books about healing ministry and hearing God's voice.

  • Meet with your cohort. Small groups of students who follow the curriculum together may meet in person or via Zoom for about 1 hour each week with a graduate of the school. Local students can do this in person at our weekly RSOM meetings in Canton, Michigan.

  • Engage in regular evangelism and disciple-making. In-person students can go with our weekly outreach teams or with experienced evangelists. Online students can receive coaching, training, and followup as they go out in pairs.

  • Regularly attend a house church in the Roots Church network. Online students can join some of our churches via Zoom while local students will have opportunities to join in-person.


  1. Exegesis, & Union with Christ

  2. Hearing God's Voice

  3. Baptism in the Holy Spirit

  4. Inner Transformation 1

  5. Kingdom Finance 1

  6. Gospel, Grace & the Law

  7. Inner Transformation 2

  8. Sharing Your Testimony

  9. Evangelism Basics

  10. Deliverance Ministry

  11. Spiritual Warfare

  12. Intro to House Churches

  13. Healthy Relationships

  14. Making Disciples Who Make Disciples

  15. Kingdom Finance 2

  16. Conflict Resolution

  17. Sovereignty & Theodicy

  18. Manifestations of the Holy Spirit

  19. Gifts of the Holy Spirit

  20. Healthy Marriage & Romance

  21. Christian Sexuality

  22. Families and House Churches

  23. Planting & Growing a House Church

  24. Creating Culture in a House Church

  25. Engaging a Fallen World

  26. Perspectives on Eschatology

  27. Baptism & Communion

  28. Emotional Health in Ministry

  29. Healing Ministry

  30. Prophetic Ministry & Being Led by the Spirit

  31. Ministry to the Poor 

  32. Spirit-Led House Churches

  33. Cross-Cultural Evangelism & Missions

  34. Multiplying House Churches

  35. Impartation & Commissioning

Teaching is thorough. By the end of the 35 weeks, each student will have received about 1,000 pages of outlines/notes.

Requirements & Tuition

Our curriculum is designed for adults, but applicants as young as 14 years old may participate.


All applicants must have adequate time available to participate in the class. (See "expectations" above.)

Students join the school in cohorts of 5–15 students who all agree to start and finish the curriculum at the same time, meeting together regularly with our faculty for discussion and coaching. 

Planned cohorts meet at set times, listed on our registration form (below), but if you have a cohort of 5–15 friends and family who would like to join together but are not available at one of the offered times, please reach out to to suggest your preferred time, and we will see if any of our faculty is available.

Tuition is voluntary. We do request that people consider giving $49 per month to help us cover the costs involved in producing and maintaining the school. Mission Partners of Roots Church are invited to attend for free, since they already give regularly to our church. Voluntary tuition of any amount is considered a tax-deductible donation to our church, and you'll receive a giving receipt at the end of the calendar year.


Register for RSOM today.

Are you an individual who needs to find a cohort of other students? Or are you joining RSOM with a group of at least 5 people you already know?

Please note that our first available cohort will begin in mid-September, 2022.

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