In-Depth Bible Study

Practical Ministry Training

Hands-On Application


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



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



Forget dry lectures. Ask questions, share your insights, and discover truth together.

Earn Your


"Mission Partners" of Roots Church can earn ministerial credentials that are legally recognized in the USA.

Roots School of Ministry

September 16, 2021 - June 2, 2022

On Thursday nights from September through June, Roots Church hosts a robust “school of ministry” program for anyone who would like to attend—whether or not they are part of our house church network. Each week has a segment of the Bible to study, required reading, online video viewing, in-person teaching, and opportunities to engage in practical ministry alongside others who are experienced and encouraging. 

  • The Roots School of Ministry's 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 emotions 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,

  • Helped (alongside a small team) to launch and build a viable house church, 

  • Participated in practical, hands-on ministry,

  • And more…

What We Do

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.

Following this is a two-part curriculum-based lesson, which students are encouraged to interrupt with questions and ideas. Part one is a study of the Life of Christ, examining His teachings and gleaning insights from His example (plus occasional theological concepts that are important for making disciples). And part two is a topical study that focuses on some aspect of personal growth or practical ministry.

Students also 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.


Curriculum Overview


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.

Additionally, over the course of the year, we'll read the following texts, either in part or in their entirety: 

  • 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 SoulStephen K. De Silva

  • Limitless HopeArt Thomas

  • Adventure of Saying YESJonMark Baker

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

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



  • Attendance at all regular school sessions (a minimal number of excused absences can be covered by watching the online video replays). Class sessions are approximately 2.5 hours in length, once per week.

  • Roughly 1 hour of Bible reading per week.

  • Roughly 1-2 hours of additional reading per week.

  • Maximum 30 minutes of journal entry work per week.

  • Up to 2 hours of online video viewing per week.

  • One testimony every 2 weeks of stepping out in evangelistic ministry.


In total, the Roots School will occupy anywhere from 4 to 8 hours of each week.

  • Additionally, we expect regular attendance at a Roots Church house church, (at least twice per month) and participation in at least 2 approved outreaches (usually held on a Saturday or Sunday).

  • Online students can join one of our house churches that have digital capabilities (via Zoom video conferencing). Outreaches will be local.


  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

Assemblies of God Credentials (optional, for resident students only)

Roots Church is an Assemblies of God church. Accordingly, we promote credentialing within our larger fellowship. ​The Roots School of Ministry (RSOM) is sufficient to meet the requirements of what is called a "local church credential." This credential is available to Mission Partners of Roots Church who would like to be legally certified to perform marriages and other clerical duties (such as hospital chaplaincy) while pursuing more robust credentials with the Assemblies of God.


After completing the full 35 weeks of RSOM in your first year, graduates are invited to participate in a second year resident internship, which includes personal mentoring by people on our Senior Leadership Team, special ministry opportunities, and completion of educational requirements for Assemblies of God ministerial credentials.

This will require classroom time, homework, one textbook each month, and additional fees (set by the Michigan District and the General Council). In order to receive AG credentials, you will also need to complete additional requirements through the Michigan District of the Assemblies of God (like a written test, an oral interview, and time spent actively engaging in full-Gospel ministry).

How to Attend


Join us LIVE and in-person for the full, interactive experience.


Thursday nights from



FREE for Mission Partners of Roots Church


$25/month for all other students


Students will be responsible to purchase their own textbooks. Some required books can be purchased at a steep discount through our school. Be sure to check with us before ordering.


Interactive Facebook Group:

  • live video of our weekly teaching sessions, with ability to ask questions and receive live answers;

  • Weekly Zoom meeting with the online students and one of our faculty, 

  • Re-watch any teaching, even after the class has ended.





Shadow our staff, study more intensively, and receive a more robust and personalized experience throughout the week.

2nd Year:


individual: $150/month

couple/family: $100/mo/each



(needing lodging and food)

individual: $550/month


Mission Partners of Roots Church who are residents receive a 90% discount.

The following form applies to the RSOM school year from September 16, 2021, through June 2, 2022.

No class sessions will be held on November 25, December 23, or December 30.


Which option best describes your church involvement?

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