• Masters-level classroom teaching

  • Practical day-to-day ministry training

  • Distinctive Word & Spirit culture

  • Solid Biblical foundation

God is calling. Will you answer?

Make the move into vocational ministry. Take your next step to follow God’s call and serve in the local church. Pursue your passion for growing God’s Kingdom through this specialized, highly experiential leadership pipeline in key program areas.

What distinguishes this program?

Northwoods School of Ministry will help each student build on the foundation of his or her personal journey, developing skills that will advance God’s Kingdom through the use of spiritual gifts, abilities, and life experiences. This two-year program includes on-campus, online, and intensive aspects that will be facilitated through the daily ministry environments at the five Central Illinois campuses of Northwoods Community Church. Students will serve in-residence alongside church staff and volunteer leaders in mentored experiences. 

Who should consider participating?

Northwoods is searching for students to enter this leadership pipeline who agree with our grander vision to deliver the hope, healing, and power of Christ Jesus to many more people through the vehicle of local churches. Likely candidates will include college seniors or recent graduates, as well as second-career individuals investigating the pursuit of the grander vision and multiplying the impact of distinctive, Northwoods-style churches. Participating men and women will hold a deep commitment to introducing people to a saving relationship with Jesus and to equipping his followers to carry out the work of ministry.

Featured Program Areas


Lead Pastors and Church Planters

Candidate Qualities
Gifted evangelist and communicator of God’s Word.
Passionate and humble servant leader.

Program Focus
Training in leadership, communication, church planting and pastoral responsibilities.


Creative Arts, Worship, and Media

Candidate Qualities
Model worshipper who leads first an foremost by example.
Excellence in musicianship and team leadership.

Program Focus
Training in leadership, team development, and worship planning & practices .


Student Ministry

Candidate Qualities
Committed to next generation evangelism and discipleship.
Faithful role model and family servant leader.

Program Focus
Training in leadership, student discipleship, and next generation ministries.


Children's Ministry

Candidate Qualities
Gifted shepherd and teacher of children.
Faithful role model and family servant leader.

Program Focus
Training in leadership, child development, and children's ministries.


Operations & Administration

Candidate Qualities
Eager to finish projects with an eye toward excellence and detail.
Excels at getting all people involved in project completion.

Program Focus
Training in leadership, skills, strategic development, and systems.