Iowa School of Ministry

The Iowa School of Ministry (ISOM) is an institute level school dedicated to ministry training with a combination of self-study and live instruction at the Iowa Ministry Network office in Urbandale, Iowa. We are part of the Association of District Schools approved for credential eduction by the Executive Presbytery of the Assemblies of God.

Prior to coming together for a class session, students will complete 10-15 hours of pre-course work. Classroom instruction is intended to supplement what students have studied prior to their arrival. Our goal is to help every student develop a high level of competence in the material assigned to the class session.

Every class includes a final exam taken during the classroom session. When the student leaves on Saturday, all of their work will have been completed. There is no post-course work.


Classes are conducted nine times throughout the year, with three levels of courses offered during each session. Students participate in eight hours of classroom instruction, with a two-hour class session on Friday evening and six hours on Saturday. A final exam is taken and scored at the end of the final session.

Prior to class, each student is required to work through the course text overview. The classroom instruction provides an overview of the material, practical applications and the opportunity for questions and discussion. Instructors use personal experience and a variety of teaching methods. 

Faculty members become natural mentors as they build relationship and share experiences with their students. Faculty advisers are available to provide accountability and guidance for the students.

Weekend Schedule

Friday Night

  • 5:30 Doors Open
  • 6:30 Students Meeting
  • 6:45 Classes Begin
  • 8:30 Classes Dismiss


  • 8:00 Doors Open
  • 8:30 Classes Begin
  • 12:25 Lunch
  • 1:25 Classes Resume
  • 3:30 Classes Dismiss

Student Policies

  • Students are required to register no less than three (3) weeks prior to the beginning of their chosen course.
  • An additional $15 will be charged for those registrations postmarked or received less than four (4) weeks prior to the scheduled ISOM class. If a husband and wife are both late, both will be assessed the additional $15. 
  • Written notification of withdrawal from class must be postmarked or received in the IMN office three (3) weeks prior to the first day of the scheduled ISOM class in order to receive a $40 refund.
  • Students are required to read course textbook(s) and to complete the course text overview prior to class.
  • Students must complete all assignments required for the course prior to the class session.
  • Students must attend all class sessions, complete the required assignments and successfully pass the course exam in order to receive credit for the course. (With some minor variations, the final grade will include the following components: 25% Pre-course work, 75% Final Exam.)