Second year Ministry School

Online zoom format

Orientation will be held on September 14th at 6:30 p.m.( pacific daylight time) over zoom. A link will be sent via email or text prior to the meeting.


Instructor: Daniel Smith, MA

cell: (209)-406-8673

Office Hours: By appointment

Online Zoom format

Course Description

This course emphasizes a deeper Christian experience of discipleship by means of a more focused and contemplative reading of scripture and Christian authors, including supplementary assignments,class discussions and sermon devotional/preparation and delivery. Preaching and teaching prepared sermons is required. Students will be responsible for analyzing and synthesizing course materials into the content of their sermon presentations. Students will also be trained and encouraged to become effective leaders according to their individual style and strengths.


First year ministry school recommended, not required.


Illuminate and illustrate important biblical truths gained from a personal devotional lifestyle and systematic study of scripture as well as historical and spiritual perspectives from important Christian authors.

Develop a personal leadership style to effectively develop other leaders and disciples of Christ.

Begin developing a vision and mission for a deeper and stronger covenant commitment to the Lord that guides and informs leadership goals.


Edwards, Gene, Divine Romance (2 weeks)

Joyner, Rick, The Final Quest (2 weeks)

Murry, Andrew, Humility (2 weeks)

Pascal, Blase, Pensees (4 weeks)

Bunyan, John, Pilgrim’s Progress (4 weeks)

St. Augustine, Confessions (4 weeks)

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, The Cost of Discipleship (4 weeks)

Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity (4 weeks)

Packard, J.L. Knowing God (2 weeks)

Fetter, Vince, Tragedy to Triumph-The Story of William Seymour  (1 week)

Alighiere, Dante, Dante’s Inferno (4 weeks)

Kierkegaard, Soren, Fear and Trembling (2 weeks)

Lewis, C.S., A Grief Observed (2 weeks)

Course Requirements

10 Sermons, (1 per month), 10-20 minutes in length posted to a facebook group page or as a teaching for 1st year. Sermons or teaching should reflect an understanding of the assigned books and supplementary assignments. Attendance and participation in zoom lectures and discussions are required.

Audio book list

(All books are found free on YouTube)

Divine Romance (Gene Edwards)

Final Quest (Rick Joyner)

Humility (Andrew Murrey)

A Grief Observed (C.S. Lewis)

Pilgrims Progress (John Bunyun)

Confessions (St. Augustine)

The Cost of Discipleship (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)

Knowing God (J.I. Packard)

Tragedy to Triumph-The Story of William Seymour (Vince Fetter)

Dante's Inferno (Dante Alighieri)

Pensees (Blase Pascal)

Fear and Trembling (Soren Kierkegaard)