Ministry Management

The Ministry Management Course is an advanced 12-month program that focuses on practical training, centered in the principles of entrepreneurship and management, that will give you the tools you need to start and run sustainable business ministries.


  • Develop an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Take managerial responsibility in an existing ministry
  • Develop and manage a self-supporting ministry (lifestyle center, herb shop, health food store, restaurant, treatment center)
  • Develop and manage a missionary training school
  • Start your own city mission


In order to be able to start the Ministry Management Course, there are a few prerequisites online classes that must be completed before coming on campus. All of these online classes make up the Essentials of Health Evangelism course. Please register for it and specify that you are taking it as the prerequisite course for the ministry management course.

There are other courses that qualify as prerequisite courses for the ministry management course

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Upcoming Sessions

  • Spring Session 2018: January 22th, 2018 (Application deadline: Sept. 1)
  • One month mission trip (optional) after each course, anywhere in the world (depending on the needs).

General Objectives

  • That students thoroughly understand self-supporting work have a strong burden for it and its growth
  • Have an experiential knowledge of the principles of Christian Leadership
  • Have a quality-focused way of managing an organization or project
  • Have good emotional and social competence to be able to communicate tactfully, and professionally in all aspects of managing human resources
  • Have an intelligent understanding of how God wants us to manage finances
  • Have the ability to analyze a ministry and diagnose its state of progress, identify deficiencies (on all levels: spiritually, financially, inter-personally, etc.) and develop a comprehensive plan to correct them


Upon satisfactory completion of the Ministry Management course and having fully met the financial obligations, the student is awarded the following certificates:

  • Ministry Management Certificate
  • Christian Leadership Certificate


This course is designed to be very practical because only by applying their knowledge to useful labor do students gain formative experience. All students study half of the day and the other half they get to apply what they learn and work in one of the departments of Wildwood.

During the first semester every students gets to work in one of the departments (including Construction/Maintenance, Auto mechanics, Hydrotherapy, Agriculture, Diet Kitchen, etc.) depending on three things: the student’s interests, the student’s abilities, and the ministry’s needs.

During the second semester every student will be able to take a leadership role as an administrative assistant of one of the different businesses of Wildwood depending on their capabilities:

  • President’s administrative assistant
  • Herb Shop assistant
  • Country Store assistant
  • Education assistant
  • Hospital Administrator assistant
  • Journal of Health and Healing assistant
  • (Auto Shop assistant)
  • (Book Store manager)



Philosophy of Missionary Work

  • By tracing God’s leading in history and the teaching of a true educational, full-time missionary lifestyle, we will identify what God’s revealed ideal will is for God’s remnant people
  • Identify God’s strategic plan on how to comprehensively give the gospel to the world in this generation and how everybody’s lifework plays a significant role in the completion of this task
  • The objective is that every student can bring their specific life goals in alignment with God’s ideal will and live accordingly

Christian Leadership (Nehemiah, Paul, Jesus, Moses)

  • Servant leadership
  • Time management
  • Board management/Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Decision making
  • Mentoring/Protégé
  • Top ten leadership mistakes
  • Etc.

Faith and Finance

  • How to take financial decisions according to the bible incorporating the principles faith and management established by the word of God

Business Evangelism

  • Winning customer service
  • How to turn a business into a ministry


Christian Management

  • This is an introduction to Christian management discussing the different aspects of the following concepts and its bearing on self-supporting work:
    • Planning
    • Organizing
    • Directing
    • Controlling

Project Management

  • Examines the planning, organizing, directing and controlling of projects
  • Provides practical knowledge on managing project scope, schedule and resources
  • Include project life cycle, work breakdown structure and Gantt charts, network diagrams, scheduling techniques, resource allocation decisions, and report writing

Case Studies and Analysis

  • Examines different self-supporting ministries, successful and unsuccessful (with SWOT, etc) on all different levels (financial, spiritual, managerial, etc.) and then develop a proposal to implement feasible changes

Ministry Development

  • Team and mission statement development
  • Legalities of establishing a ministry
  • Strategic management: Develop a Business Plan
  • Fundraising,
  • How to start a lifestyle center
  • How to start a clinic
  • How to start a training school
  • How to start a restaurant
  • How to start a health food store
  • Practicum (individual project)

Class Project I

  • The whole class works on a project as a team where all of them can apply what they have learned into a real life situation by create useful proposals for the development of any business of Wildwood
  • For example: food store development Project (redesign store, update admin technology, redesign human resources, develop marketing strategy, etc.)

Class Project II

  • The whole class works on developing resources that can be used by all OCI ministries and other Adventist institutions
  • For example: restaurant franchise, home lifestyle center blueprint, etc.


  • The role of marketing in the self-supporting work
  • Identify the makeup of the environment in which business\ministry operates
  • List the components of a marketing plan
  •  Market research (including local laws, etc.) & its role in business
  • Explain target marketing & market segments
  • Summarize consumer & corporate buying behavior
  • Define each stage of consumer purchase behavior
  • Assess strengths & weakness of promotional techniques
  • Discuss the impact of technology on marketing
  • Outline principles of international business practices
  • Discuss legal issues in marketing
  • Give examples of the relationship between social change and marketing
  • Discuss ethics in modern business marketing
  • Explain relationship between business profitability & customer satisfaction
  •  Identify opportunities for new products &/or services for business profitability &/or customer satisfaction
  • Apply pricing principles to new product &/or service
  • Recommend appropriate strategies to rectify a current situation
  • Internet marketing


Human Resource Management

Students will learn Human Resource Management as a source of sustainable advantage, studying the following aspects:

  • Job analysis and planning
  • Descriptions
  • Recruitment
  • Employee measurement and evaluation
  • Employment security and downsizing
  • Teams as a principle of organizational design and the design of jobs
  • Compensation: wages, the pros and cons of individual incentives versus group incentives
  • Continual staff training, professional development, turnover


  • Study the nature of Christian communication
  • Understand the forms of Christian communication
  • Principles of Christian communication
  • Christian counseling
  • Conflict resolution


Financial Management

  • Learn how to integrate the biblical relationship between faith and finance into all aspects of financial management
  • Apply basic time value methodology to general valuation and integrated cash flow applications
  • Understand and apply the conceptual relationship between the expected return and the relevant risk of individual assets and portfolios of assets
  • Understand and apply the traditional evaluation techniques of capital budgeting analysis in business and personal capital investments
  • Understand the concept of cost of capital and financial leverage and apply those concepts in the determination of the optimal capital structure
  • Understand the current financial environment in which business decisions are made


  • General Accounting: Accounting principles and theory for sole proprietorships and corporations
    • The recording of business transactions through the accounting cycle, from journalizing, posting, adjusting, and closing entries through work papers and preparation of financial statements, is studied
    • Related topics include: internal control and accounting for cash, accounts receivable, inventories, property and equipment and related depreciation, intangible assets, current liabilities, owner’s equity, and payroll accounting.
    • Ethical business practices and client privacy issues are stressed throughout all phases of the course
  • Know how to do cost accounting
  • Understand and be able to read and develop and execute budgets

Basic Information Technology

  • Basics of Excel
  • Start a QuickBooks file from the beginning to the point of creating financial statements and report writing
  • Setup a complete Point of Sales system, which includes inputting inventory, conducting sales, customer management, closing out procedures, reports, etc.


Food Service Management

  • This course explores various functions of management and encourages a systems approach to food production by integrating menu planning, purchasing, receiving, storage, production, and delivery into the business model. You’ll also learn to take an exacting, time-tested approach to positive revenue management by leveraging client flow, dining time, table mix, meal duration, and variable pricing

Retail Management and Merchandising

  • Students will learn operating procedures for a retail environment, inventory management, merchandising, in-store marketing, retail management

Principles of Lifestyle Center Management

  • Lifestyle program development
  • Guest recruitment
  • Staff development
  • Financial development and implications

Principles of Educational Development

  • Curriculum development
  • Student recruitment
  • Teacher development
  • Principles and implications of finances



  • Understand the history and importance of Adventist understanding of biblical interpretation
  • Understand the basic principles of sound biblical methods to interpret divinely inspired writings
  • Understand the critical nature of the historical-critical method
  • Learn how to study your bible biblically
  • Study how to deal with difficult texts


  • The question of objective, absolute truth and its importance is discussed in the context of a pluralistic world-view of the world
  • Understand the different dynamics that are involved in interacting with non-Adventists and non-Christians, defending reasonably and in a winning way the biblical-Adventist faith


  • Understand the biblical-Hebrew mentality/the mind of Christ
  • Experience the beauty and depth of the mosaic writings
  • Understand more in depth the nature and beauty of the law/character of God and the sanctuary
  • Understand the big picture of the History of Israel

Church History

  • Study more in detail the apostolic church and its decline from the first to the fifth century.
  • Study the medieval time period and its impact on the gospel during that time and ours.
  • Study the pre-reformation and the reformation with its impact on today’s Christianity
  • Study the history Anabaptist movement and all the denominations that have come out of it

Seventh-day Adventist History

  • To acquaint students with major events, themes, and developmental stages in the history of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
  • To trace God’s leading in the development of the mission of the Advent movement and analyze the difficulty of trying to cooperate with fallen humanity in accomplishing this task
  • To show the relevance of Seventh-day Adventist history to contemporary issues in the church, and provide students with interpretive tools for understanding current issues in the church
  • To cultivate an awareness of the factors that contribute to spiritual renewal or spiritual decline, both in personal and corporate life



The cost is $4,000.
Upon acceptance, students are required to send a deposit of $400 (10% of $4000 tuition). Cash student will pay the remaining $3,600 on arrival.

Missionary Volunteer Program

A limited number of students are regularly accepted on the Missionary Volunteer Plan.

Missionary Volunteers (MVs) volunteer 4 weeks before the beginning of the course and 4 weeks between semesters (40hrs per week. The first 16 hours waive their room and board charges). The full program costs can be waived during the 12 months (50 weeks) of the course by volunteering:

Option 1:

  • 4 weeks before and 4 weeks between semesters (40hrs per week. The first 16 hours waive their room and board charges).
  • 6 hours per week during classes (apart from the apprenticeship program) gaining valuable experience and assisting the ministry during their training.

Option 2:

  • 4 weeks before or 4 weeks between semesters (40hrs per week. The first 16 hours waive their room and board charges).
  • 8 hours per week during classes (apart from the apprenticeship program) gaining valuable experience and assisting the ministry during their training.

Room & Board

All students in this program will do apprenticeship 20 hours per week. 16 hours go to room and board; and 4 hours go towards program expenses.

All students are required to pay a $200 deposit for room and board.

Tuition Refund Policy

Tuition refund would be given on the following basis: within 30 days of course begin: 50%. After 30 days, there is no refund.


Materials, Textbooks and syllabi are an additional cost of about $250 and are available from the campus book store on a cash only basis.


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