Whether you’re called to the ministry or just want to deepen your relationship Christ, we want to equip you.
We offer classes periodically throughout the year on Wednesday nights at 7.
These courses are free of charge for the purpose of providing continuing education and discipleship in Christian faith. Forward School of Ministry offers New Covenant based Bible teaching, Practical Life Classes and Spiritual Gifts Growth. All of our instruction and training is grace based and is designed to establish you in the finished work of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Applying the Word of God and the principles of His Kingdom in every area of life develops confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within each believer. FSM will ground you in the word of righteousness as to make you an effective communicator of the Gospel of the Kingdom. Through these courses you will establish your heart in grace, develop a New Covenant identity and gain confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit working through you.
Forward offers an 18 month intern program. We offer in-depth discipleship, ministry classes taught by Dr. Jim Richards, Clint Byars, Vicki Kritko and others. We work closely with Impact International School of Ministry to offer various certificates and degrees. If you are called to the ministry, this program is essential to become equipped in the word of God as well as the practical side of running a ministry. Many schools offer excellent teaching but we provide a personalized path where you’ll become grounded in righteousness and gain invaluable experience in a thriving ministry that is reaching the world. Please contact us if you’re interested in applying for our Forward Internship Program.
You don’t need a special anointing, you just need training.
Clint is a dynamic teacher blending Bible teaching with a strong Kingdom focus. Clint’s teaching is rooted in the finished work of the cross and the authority believers now walk in as a result of being raised with Christ. Clint received a Bachelor’s Degree from Impact International School of Ministry in Huntsville, Alabama. Clint has authored two books and co-authored another. He planted Forward Church in 2008 which is now a healthy, growing church just south of Atlanta. From the beginning of his born-again experience, Clint has had a passion for the lost which compelled him to conduct street ministry for years before seeking formal ministerial training.
Clint has also served as:
- Instructor at Impact International School of Ministry
- Associate Pastor to Dr. Jim Richards of Impact of Huntsville
- Evangelism Outreach Trainer
- Successful youth pastor in two churches
- Small groups leader, trainer and coordinator
Dr. Jim Richards
Dr. James B. Richards is a pioneer in the field of faith-based human development. He has combined spirituality, energy medicine, scientific concepts and human intuition into a philosophical approach that brings about congruence in spirit, soul and body, resulting in incredible breakthroughs in health, emotional management and financial abundance. He is a life coach, consultant, teacher and motivational trainer. He holds doctorates in Theology, Oriental Medicine and Human Behavior. He was awarded an honorary doctorate for years of service in the Philippines. His many certifications include: substance abuse counselor, detox specialist, herbalist, handwriting analysis, EFT, energy medicine and an impressive number of additional certifications and training certificates.
As a national best-selling author, Dr. Richards has written several books that have sold several million copies around the world. His most noted work is Heart Physics®, a life renewal program designed to equip people to transform any aspect of their life through changing the beliefs of their heart. Visit Impact Ministries www.impactministries.com.
Vicki Kritko is a powerful teacher using practical keys and her keen sense of humor to equip and activate the Body of Christ in signs, wonders and miracles from a grace perspective. She is an ordained pastor with Heaven’s Heart International Ministries and a graduate of Bethel Atlanta School of Supernatural Ministry. A dynamic conference speaker, she works with leadership to create and launch prophetic inner healing and deliverance teams. Her heart beats to set the captive free into God’s passionate love dance. To those hungry to experience the love and the power of God, she often chimes, “Get in the river!” and there is a grace for people to step into God in a new and refreshing way.
Vicki is a wife of 32 years and Mother of 3 Wonderful Boys. She has managed a Transformation Center, led Sozo Ministry, Trained in Identity Counseling with Christian Families Today, served as a Bible School Instructor with Inner Healing, Deliverance, Warfare, Spiritual Gifts, Identity and Manners in Pastoring and Ministering. Connect with Vicki at www.vickikritko.com
New Testament Faith
This course will give you a stability and consistency in your theology. You will also begin to notice a clearer insight into the scriptures while enjoying the enabling grace of God that is yours by His design. Most Christians cannot get what they say they believe to work in their lives consistently and become frustrated and disheartened. This is not necessarily because they believe wrong doctrine but most often because they have built their beliefs upon a faulty foundation. The Faith class will help you to break through those places where your faith often seems to get short-circuited. You will find new life and empowerment as your belief system is established on a sure foundation. This is a great course for all ages, students and adults. There is no fee, it’s open to everyone, no childcare provided.
The Books of Romans and Galatians
ROMANS / GALATIANS reveals the cornerstone of New Testament theology. An in-depth, verse-by-verse study with a detailed analysis of the doctrines of grace, faith righteousness and salvation available exclusively apart from the law, frees the believer from law and empowers them with righteousness. You will overcome all tendencies to minister law and bondage as a result of grasping these incredible truths.
Suggested Reading: Traveling Light by Eugene Peterson
The Gospel of John
JOHN provides a comprehensive, verse-by-verse revelation of the life and ministry of Jesus. Special attention is given to the gifts of the Holy Spirit as they operated in Him as a man and what that means to believers today. Special attention is given to the many aspects this Gospel reveals about the “Zoë” life of God. You will see Jesus as you have never seen Him!
Suggested Reading: The Gospel of Peace by Dr. James B. Richards
The Book of Hebrews
HEBREWS portrays the absolute sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice and proclaims the freedom from the two greatest enemies of faith: legalism and ritualism. This is a verse-by-verse study showing the supremacy of Christ over the law, the priesthood, and every other religious idealism created by man. Jesus is revealed as the fulfillment of all the Levitical, sacrificial types. This course will free you from the need for empty religious ritualism and move you to the realities we have in Jesus.
Suggested Reading: God’s Resting Place by Ron Marquardt
The Book of Acts
ACTS is a verse-by-verse study of the first century church. An honest look at the weaknesses of the church and its leaders removes the idealism and mysticism that has paralyzed and disqualified potential leaders for centuries. The ministry of the Holy Spirit in early leaders and lay believers, the missionary journeys, their personal experiences and principles of church growth are brought into a modern context. You will have more confidence in God’s willingness to use you in a mighty way as you take a new look at this honest portrayal of the early church.
Foundations of Faith
These are the doctrines that comprise the foundation for all New Testament theology. Paul identified these as the basic foundations for faith. Apart from this foundation, the New Testament believers find themselves drowning in a sea of conflicting beliefs that mix Old Testament legalism with New Testament promises.
Life Application Courses
Ideas In Motion: Moving Forward in the Will of God
Ideas In Motion will empower you to discern the will of God for your life and equip you to begin to take steps to fulfill your calling. You will be established in the general will of God for humanity and isolate your specific calling. We will then equip with you with practical life success tools and inspire you to move forward with you ideas and dreams. Tap into your creativity and your entrepreneurial side.
Keys to Successful Living
“Keys to Successful Living” is an incredibly practical course. It will provide you with many tools for success in business, ministry and personal life. It is essential that you apply these principles to your life as much as possible, as you work through this course. This course only has value to the degree that you make these powerful principles a part of your life’s philosophy. The world needs believers and leaders who have life experience, not theory. The decision to take this course will prove to be a vital step in your personal, professional and ministerial development. Every class will provide you with tools that you can begin to implement in your personal, professional and ministerial life, immediately! THIS COURSE IS NOT JUST FOR MINISTERS. Our concepts of success must be rooted in the life and ministry of Jesus. We must see them in Biblical pattern. We must grasp the underlying principles. Through the study of this material you may be challenged with many of your religious concepts about God, business, family life, ministry and success. The end result will be a much clearer concept of God, and a greater potential for success in every area of life. This course will be followed by Ideas In Motion taught by Clint Byars beginning February 17, 2014. Ideas In Motion is designed to help you capture inspiration and move it forward. Many of you will make decisions during Keys to Successful Living, Ideas In Motion will include group discussion for the purpose of helping you take steps toward the desires of your heart and practically apply what what may have been stirred in the Keys class.
Counseling I: DiSC Behavioral Profile
Counseling I is the basis from which all our counseling programs will be understood. This is a comprehensive introduction into motivational behavior. The number one reason for failure in business and ministry is a lack of people skills. This class provides an academic and experiential look into basic behavioral patterns. The model for this study, based on the theory and application of the DISC behavioral profile developed by Dr. John Geir of the University of Minnesota, will provide a foundation for understanding yourself and others. This is key for basic communication, negotiation, counseling and walking in love. You will understand yourself and others better than you ever believed possible.
Required Reading: Understanding How Others Misunderstand You by Ken Voges and Ron Braund
Required DiSC Profile: Profile needs to be in hand for the first class, you will fill out the profile in class please do not fill out before class. Purchase at http://www.discprofile.com/discclassic.htm
Counseling II provides an introduction into the fundamentals of psychology and counseling with special attention devoted to the nine modalities of counseling. The strengths and weaknesses of these approaches will be openly discussed. Special emphasis will be given on using this information in light of biblical principles. From this class the student will begin to form his basic approach to counseling techniques.
Counseling III is an in-depth look at human behavior and motivational beliefs. This advanced study focuses on the role of beliefs and their effect on subsequent behavior. Special emphasis is placed on various methodologies which are able to influence the deep-seated beliefs of the heart. You will learn how to establish new behavior that emerges from heartfelt beliefs. You will acquire the tools to change any behavior through modifying beliefs.
Required Reading: The Heart Math Solution