What No One Tells You About Going to the School of Ministry

By Alice Clarke

If you’ve heard testimonies from graduates of one of the Catches The Fire Schools of Ministry, you’ll know that it’s a completely lifechanging experience. In every semester, the students experience God, they’re transformed in the Father’s love and have incredible opportunities to share that love with other people in ministry and outreaches.

I spoke to leaders from the School of Ministry in Toronto, Canada, School of Revival in Raleigh, USA, and School of Ministry in London, UK, and asked them: What’s the one thing that no one tells you about going to the School of Ministry?

The answer, surprisingly, was the same across all three locations. Friendship.

Hannah Graham, director of the School of Ministry in London, asked graduates from their program across different years: ‘The students all said the same thing, they said, ‘I never thought I could have friends like it.’ People say, ‘I came to meet God and I met God and He gave me friends that would push me toward Him for a lifetime.’”

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“People don't tell you that you make great friends. It's a byproduct really. I think that your experience of living with other people from other cultures knocks down a lot of prejudice,” added Gordon Harris, Director of the School of Ministry in Toronto. He also described how many people also don’t realize how much fun they’d have, growing, learning, and simply hanging out together.

Each of the Catch The Fire Schools of Ministry follow an intense program. You’ll go deep with God alongside students from around the world, learning together, praying for people, doing outreaches, taking new risks, and living life together. It’s a unique experience that you’ll share with your fellow students for the rest of life.

Michele Bridgers, administrator at the School of Revival in Raleigh talked about her own experience as a student on the school in 2013, “When I was on school there were only 10 of us full-timers, first year and second year. I'm friends with the people that I was in school with still... even though we're far apart and we may not talk every day it's like that immediate connection, when you get on the phone, just like they were right there with you yesterday.”

“Expect relationships that you never thought you would ever have, and people that will come under you and really love you where you are, and say, you're not meant to stay here, you're meant to go forward and grow,” said Michele.


11 Things You Should Know Before School of Ministry

11 Things You Should Know Before School of Ministry

Are you considering going to a Catch The Fire School of Ministry? With schools in Toronto, Canada, Raleigh, USA, London, England and Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, each school has a different flavour, but the same passion every student to be transformed in God’s presence.

Wherever you’re coming from, here are 11 things you should know before you go the School of Ministry:

In our blood

Revival. It is our hunger, our vision, our pursuit. In the school of ministry we are chasing the one who does the impossible before breakfast and the merely supernatural in the middle of the night.  In the School of Ministry we are looking and preparing for revival. It is the one thing we must have. Because the School of Ministry was born in the midst of revival, in the middle of the laughter and tears and the stunning movement of the Holy Spirit. We came to life in the embrace of the Father. And we cannot live in the ordinary. We can never be content to stay where we are. There is more and we know it.  We must have God show up. 

And he does. He comes in dreams and visions, in meditation and Holy Spirit encounters. He comes in the caress of love and the prophetic call. And the thirst for revival means we take what he brings and pass it on to the next generation. So we train young leaders to change the world. To pray and prophesy and love people to life. To lay hands on broken limbs, injured minds, and troubled hearts so that there is peace and wholeness. To sing and play music that shouts his worthiness to the whole world. To open their hearts and let God change them. And we teach them to love the Holy Spirit. To know God and be friends with him. To follow Jesus in the same way that he carried out his Father’s will. We do it because these are the acts of revival. And revival is in our blood

THE WAY OF LOVE - TAUGHT BY A HOMELESS MAN

“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

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I put my purple vest on, embroidered with “Jesus is Lord” and stepped onto the street to minister to the homeless. The unclean smells and dirty concrete was all I saw, at first. Rubbish crowded the sidewalk and smoke crowded the air. It was a place of desperation, reeking of hopelessness, and stale ambition. Then, in between the withering trees, I saw people. Men and women carrying sacks, their entire belongings. Their faces were enough – death had robbed them of life and purpose and promise, and the only thing dragging them forward was a drug. What a terrible place to be, so eager for rescue but so unknowing of their escape, their salvation. Homeless and hopeless – these were the sorrowful words tattooed on that part of town

Out of Africa

Growing up on the mission field in Africa, I had a rich childhood. But it was also one that produced some intense injuries. As a white kid among all my black friends, I struggled with feelings of not belonging. Further, I lived with the fear of being sent to boarding school. This opened the door to some demonic spirits that invaded my life. I lived with this for too many years. However, during the leader’s school, the Lord brought me back to my childhood and began to remind me about these events that I had completely forgotten. Then he began to deliver me from the demons, fear and lack of belonging that I had lived with. And suddenly my spirit was freer, my body felt lighter and my mind had a surprising transformation to its thinking processes. It was stunning and so amazing. God is good."

 

(Steve Long)

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Issues? What Issues?

Most people come to the School of Ministry knowing they need some sort of healing in their lives. They come wanting to deal with certain issues. Me, I was different - I actually applied to do the School of Ministry in Toronto in order to change the world. I felt I was in a great place with God and didn’t think I had any issues or needed any healing. Was I ever wrong!

 

By the second week of the school, I was at the front everyday weeping because of all the deep hidden hurts that starting surfacing. I hadn’t even realized how much false responsibility and need for perfection I was carrying. Father heart week at the School was life transforming as I felt God take me back to who He had created me to be: His little girl. All the pressure of performing, all the false responsibility, all the need to be perfect was falling off me like scales.

 

The school took me on a journey. It was a journey of understanding the capacity of my perfect Father which then enabled me to understand my purpose and identity. There is something powerful about taking time away from the busyness of life and devote it to this understanding. It is an investment for which I will forever be reaping the harvest.

(Miruna Veehuis)

 

Dedicated Destiny

Dedicated Destiny

Growing up in India, I never liked school. Studying, learning and writing exams were boring. Despite this, I made it through my teenage years and life was good. I married the love of my life (Marina), was given two sons (Sheldon and Joshua) and then moved to Canada for a better life.  But everything I had been through in my years in India haunted me. I grew up in the performance-oriented settings of home and school, So there was not much love, joy and peace in my life.

Critics: Friends or Foes?

Critics: Friends or Foes?

Have you ever been criticised? YIKES! Just the thought of that question brings a flood of memories. My philosophy: every time I am criticised, I take a quick look at myself- my heart and my life- to see if some (or all) of it is true. With the parts that are true, I determine to face, admit and own them. With the rest, whether big or small, I shake it off and let it go.

Created to Dream

Created to Dream

Dreams can be confusing as they most often speak in the language of symbolism and that can be one strange language! It can put us off before we even begin, but really this is where the fun begins. It’s like playing a game of ‘hide and seek’ with God. He is inviting us to go on a journey with him, deeper into his heart, so that he can reveal mysteries and hidden things.

Butts

Butts

...how many people have sat on my couches over the years? Hundreds? Thousands? It’s hard to tell, but it is a lot. And the evidence is imprinted on the leather. Cracked them. Expanded their seams. The sunlight and friction, fears and tears have faded them now. Wrinkle lines pattern their skin, like old men brown and creased from the years.