Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1. What kind of school is CVSOM?
Central Valley School of Ministry is a school for training men and women called of God to:

  • Serve the local church,
  • Establish new churches,
  • Serve cross-culturally in missions,
  • Develop ministry in the workplace.

Question 2. What program does CVSOM offer and how long will it take me to complete it?
Central Valley School of Ministry offers a one-year, 25 unit Christian Ministry Certification Program. This September-through-June program consists of:

  • nine core courses,
  • two weekend seminars, and
  • a ministry mentoring internship each trimester (Fall, Winter, Spring).

Question 3. Who can apply for admission to CVSOM?
Admission is open to men and women called and serving in a local church or in a Christian ministry.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students
The Central Valley School of Ministry admits students of any race, color, nation and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance, and or any other school-administered programs.

Question 4. What educational level is required for entrance?
Central Valley School of Ministry requires a high school diploma or equivalency (GED) for entrance. Prior college level work, though not required, is helpful in light of the fact the level of instruction and learning hours are comparable to courses offered by an accredited Bible college.

Question 5. How many hours a week will I need to give to attend class and do the homework?
Classes meet one night a week for 3.5 hours and homework requires about 4-6 hours each week. Since students are already involved in ministry in their local church or in a Christian ministry, the only additional time investment for the ministry mentoring internship each quarter is meeting about 3-4 hours a month with their ministry mentor.

Question 6. Where is CVSOM located?
Central Valley School of Ministry is hosted by Valley Christian Center and meets on their campus at 4649 E. Shields Avenue in Fresno, California. Various satellite cohorts also meet at hosting churches for distance education.

Question 7. What type of organization is CVSOM?
Central Valley School of Ministry is a 501(c)3 (non-profit) organization that serves the churches of the Central Pacific District of the Foursquare Church.

Question 8. Does CVSOM license people for ministry?
Central Valley School of Ministry does not license for ministry. Ministerial licensing is a function of the denomination or church in which a student serves.

Question 9. Is CVSOM accredited? Can I get transfer credit for CVSOM courses?
Central Valley School of Ministry is not accredited. The goal is ministry training and certification rather than degree completion. However, transferability of credits is offered with Life Pacific College and California Christian College.

Question 10. How much will it cost me to attend CVSOM?
Tuition is $50 per unit, or $1,250 for the 25-unit Christian Ministry Certificate program. Applications are accompanied by a fee of $30. Costs for textbooks and supplies average between $15-25 per course for a total of between $180 and $300 for the 12 required courses. Thus the total cost is around $1,500.