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This March a group of young adults from all over the world came to Toronto for the five month School of Ministry (SoM). This semester, students took classes in the Heart Module, the Worship Module and the Revelation Module. At the end of four months of teaching, they put everything they learned in to practice on a three week outreach in various international locations. The school officially finished at the end of July 2012, here are just some of the testimonies the students are going to carrry with them for the rest of their lives (find more here). If you are interested in attending the next school, starting in September, there is plenty of time to apply, check out the School of Ministry website for more information.
"Coming to the school has drastically changed the way I look at myself"
Before school I was constantly afraid of being rejected and that people hated me. When I was growing up I was made fun of a lot and was told I was fat, ugly and no one wanted to be my friend. I thought I couldn't trust anyone because they would just end up hurting me. Coming to the school has drastically changed the way I look at myself and the way I think others look at me. At the beginning of school in my small group we did a trust fall. I was worried that because of my weight the guys in my group wouldn't be able to catch me. They did catch me and God told me that it didn't matter how big my problems were, this is a safe place and I can trust those around me to catch me and love me. Throughout school as we were working on getting rid of our ungodly beliefs and replacing them with Godly ones more and more of the lies I had believed were chipped away. I realized that I am loved by God and that God has put people in my life who love me. I don't feel shame about myself. I don't feel rejected any more. I feel safe to be myself and just have fun. Most of all I feel God’s love in my heart in places that I thought he would never be able to touch.
When I came to the School of Ministry my expectations were strictly to become a better musician and gain experience as a worship leader. I did accomplish these things but I gained so much more growth spiritually than I could have imagined. Before the school I felt shy, timid, unconfident and my relationship with God was distant. Being at the school for 5 months has given me a new confidence and boldness like I have never experienced before.
"I feel much more fulfilled and on fire for God"
Learning about God's heart for me really strengthened my identity in him and was a big part of giving me the confidence and authority to do things I would never have imagined myself doing such as prophetic evangelism, speaking in front of a congregation, and prophesying over complete strangers. As a worship leader I saw worship in different ways. I learnt about experimental worship and what the heart of worship is all about. This really opened my eyes and will definitely be something I take home with me. Overall I feel much more fulfilled and on fire for God coming from the school. I will never forget the revelation I have had and the people that have impacted me, coming to the school has truly changed my life.
Before I came to the school I was not alive inside, I was searching for happiness in many different places, trying to fill up the hole that was inside me but nothing was working. I came to school after a very destroying relationship that lead me into depression, I was completely insecure and I even asked myself "God are you real?"
"I learned to recognize his voice and his presence"
I came to this wonderful place and God started to change me slowly into the person that I am now! I am more secure about myself inside and about my looks. Now when I go shopping I can see the difference, even my friends have told me that I am more confident! I have totally overcome the depression I had because of that relationship; I was able to forgive and be free. I learned that happiness is my choice and does not depend on who is around me. The best part is that I got to see that God is real. I learned to recognize his voice and his presence even though I haven’t experienced any physical manifestations. He taught me that it is not what is going on on the outside, it's what is happening on the inside. Everything inside me is now filled up with passion for God! I don't have to go back searching for happiness in alcohol, relationships, partying or other things the world offers because the happiness that I have is inside of me because I learned to love myself and to live passionately for God. The SoM came to my life when I needed it the most and it has definitely left a mark in me.
Read tonnes more testimonies from this semester at the School of Ministry here. Why not check out the School of Ministry for yourself, and continue your journey deeper into God's heart. If you don't fit the age range for the five month school, or you can't open up five months in your schedule, check out our three week schools and one week schools.
This archived article was written by Alice Clarke for release in Aug, 2012. Circumstances and situations may have changed regarding the author, locations and ministries. This content may therefore be outdated or misinformed.