The Ministerial Studies program are intended to prepare students for various levels of ministry, including both credentialed and lay ministry roles in the church. The overarching goals for the diploma and certificate programs include demonstrated achievement at the adult continuing education level in the following areas.After successfully completing the Berean program, the student will be able to: •Demonstrate basic proficiency in Bible study methodology, especially as this discipline contributes to sermon preparation. •Demonstrate a practical knowledge of the organization and basic content of the Old and New Testaments. •Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the theological principles and doctrines that serve as a foundation of Pentecostal Christian faith. •Apply relevant fundamental biblical and theological principles in local ministry contexts. These principles include management of interpersonal conflicts, a standard of exemplary ethical conduct, and the servantoriented use of spiritual authority. •Demonstrate fundamental proficiency in a variety of pastoral leadership functions, including ecclesial responsibilities, preaching, administration, and chairing meetings. •Continue the appreciation and practice of lifelong learning. The student who progresses through the levels of the program will show increased ability in these areas. The strategies used to assess the achievement of these goals include end-of-course examinations, service learning requirement ministry reports, credentialing examinations with the parent denominational organization, and graduate follow-up survey results.