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History

IMPACT195 School of Ministry started March 23, 2010 by its founder, George Clerie and a core team of 20 people who had been serving along side of each other for the past ten years. The core team consisted of a group of friends who care deeply for each other and whose relationships went beyond the work of the ministry. Through their years of ministry, several of them made a commitment to serve together for the rest of their lives.

From the beginning, the objective of IMPACT195 School of Ministry has always been to rise up an army of believers who will share the love of God to a desperate and dying world. The 195 in our name stands for the number of countries in the world when the School of Ministry was launched. Our name literally means IMPACT the world! 

We do that two ways. First, through discipleship- rising up the next generation of World Changers to transform the world around them whether that’s in ministry, on the mission field, or in the marketplace. Second, we launch Schools of Ministry around the world to inspire and equip indigenous people to share God’s love with the unreached around them. So far we have launched 3 international IMPACT195 Schools of Ministry in Haiti, India, and Mexico and we are working on launching more in Thailand and in the Middle East

Heart

Life transformation is at the heart of the School of Ministry. We believe Jesus created the model for us to follow—life transformation happens through life transmission—Jesus spent time with his disciples, transfering His life to them. They learned as much, if not more, from watching Him live as from His sermons. 

The School of Ministry has adopted Jesus’ method. Not only do our World Changers get exceptional Bible teachings, they also get to live life with each other and our team through small group connection time and regular community activities.

Another aspect of Jesus’ equipping method was that He taught in the context of ministry. He didn’t teach His disciples theories but gave them instruction through practice. At the School of Ministry, we take the same hands-on, practical approach. Our World Changers get equipped through weekly outreaches, lifework, in class times of activation, and ministry pojects. This approach is one of the fastst ways to get the truth of God’s word deep into your heart so that you can experience life transformation.

 

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What We Believe

At IMPACT195 School of Ministry we believe in what is termed "The Apostles' Creed" as embodying all the fundamental doctrines of orthodox evangelical Christianity. As a non-denominational discipleship school here in San Diego, Impact195 School of Ministry is intentional in teaching the core doctrines of the Christian faith without fixating on divisive issues.

The Bible

At the School of Ministry we believe that God’s Word is without error in the original writings. We treasure its truths, and we respect its reproofs. The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and written centuries ago by chosen men of God. The Bible is without error in its original manuscripts, is completely reliable as the final authority in all matters of doctrine and practice, and is centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. The Bible is fully true in all that it teaches or affirms.  The entire text of Scripture, including the very words, are a product of the mind of God expressed in human terms and conditions and written through human instruments without negating their personality, culture and freedom.
    o   1 Thessalonians 2:13
    o   2 Timothy 3:15–17
    o   2 Peter 1:20–21

God

God the Father—The School of Ministry acknowledges the Creator-God as our heavenly Father, infinitely perfect and intimately acquainted with all our ways. As the first person of the Trinity, the Father is the source and ruler of all things and is fatherly in His relationship with creation in general and believers in particular. And although there is one eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, holy, just, loving, true, and unchangeable God, in the unity of the one God there are three divine persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—equal in power but distinct in roles.
o  Psalm 103:19
o  Matthew 28:19
o  1 Peter 1:2
The Lord Jesus Christ—The School of Ministry claims Jesus Christ as our Lord—the one God who came in human flesh—the object of our worship and the subject of our praise. As the second person of the Trinity, the Son reveals the Father. According to the Father’s plan, the eternal Son humbled Himself and became incarnate, inseparably uniting undiminished deity with true humanity. As fully God and fully man, Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, died to pay in full the penalty for our sin, rose bodily and miraculously from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will come again in glory. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings; His substitutionary atoning death; bodily resurrection; ascension into heaven; perpetual intercession for His people; and personal, visible return to earth.
o  John 1:1–3, 14
o  Philippians 2:5-8
o  Hebrews 1:1–3
o  1 John 5:11–12.
The Holy Spirit—The School of Ministry recognizes the Holy Spirit as the third member of the Godhead who is incessantly at work convicting, convincing, and comforting. As the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the personal agent of the Father and Son for revelation and regeneration. We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower in ministry all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe that the seeking believer is filled with the Holy Spirit and power for service, either at the time of or subsequent to regeneration, which is a separate work from the indwelling Spirit for salvation. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all biblical gifts of the Spirit as reflected through the fruit of that same Spirit.  
o  John 14:26
o  Acts 1:5, 8
o  1 Corinthians 6:19–20
o  Ephesians 1:13–14.
The Trinity – Though the word “Trinity” is never used, nor is the doctrine of Trinitarianism ever explicitly taught in the Scriptures, the School of Ministry believes that the Biblical evidence of this reality is clearly revealed. God’s being is perfectly unified and simplex: of one essence. This essence of deity is held in common by Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The three Persons are consubstantial, coinherent, co-equal and co-eternal in the Godhead with regard to both the divine essence and function.  
o  Deut. 6:4, 20:2-3
o  Psalm 2:7; 68:18
o  Isaiah 6:1-3, 9:6
o  Hebrews 1:1-13
o  1 Tim. 1:17
o  1 Cor. 8:4-6
o  1 Peter 1:2
o  John 1:17
o  Phil. 2:11
o  Matt. 3:16-17
o  Acts 5:3-4
o  Rev. 1:8, 4:8.

Man

We at the School of Ministry believe that Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation.
The Depravity of Humanity—The School of Ministry confesses that Adam’s fall into sin left humanity without the hope of heaven apart from a new birth made possible by the Savior’s substitutionary death and miraculous, bodily resurrection. As a result of Adam’s rebellion, all people have fallen under the curse of death. Unable and unwilling to please God, all humans are undeserving of His blessings, blinded to His truth, and dead in their sins—spiritually and, ultimately, physically. This state of judgment before the just and holy God is a condition that permeates every facet of human life and cannot be cured apart from the grace of God through Jesus Christ.
o  Genesis 3;
o  Jeremiah 17:9
o  Romans 3:10–18, 23; 5:12.

Salvation

The School of Ministry believes the offer of salvation is God’s love-gift to all. Those who accept it by faith, apart from works, become new creatures in Jesus Christ. Because fallen humans are unable to save themselves, God, according to His own sovereign mercy, acts to save those who come to Him by grace through faith. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer the penalty of death in place of condemned humanity. Simply through believing the good news that Jesus Christ died for his or her sins and then rose from the dead, a person can be forgiven of all sin, declared righteous by God, reborn into new life, and guaranteed eternal life with God. See John 3:16; Romans 10:9–10; 1 Corinthians 15:1–5; and Ephesians 1:4–12; 2:8–9.

The Church

The Body of Christ—The School of Ministry knows the Lord is continuing to enlarge His family, the universal body of Christ, over which He rules as Head. The body of Christ is the ever-enlarging universal church consisting of true believers in heaven and on earth over whom Jesus Christ reigns as Lord. Regardless of denomination, all true believers are spiritually baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ’s body and are therefore spiritually united with Him and with one another.
o  Romans 12:4–5
o  1 Corinthians 12:12–14
o  Ephesians 4:11–16;
o  1 Peter 2:9–10.

The Family of God—The School of Ministry is grateful to be a part of the local church, which exists to proclaim God’s truth, to administer the ordinances, to stimulate growth toward maturity, and to bring glory to God. Believers are called to faithful membership in a visible, local congregation for the purpose of mutual encouragement and spiritual growth. As the family of God, a healthy local church is marked by God-glorifying worship, Scripture-centered teaching, intimate fellowship, and vivid expressions of the church’s faith, hope, and love through evangelism, disciple-making, financial support, and service. See Acts 2:41–47; Philippians 2:1–4; and Hebrews 10:24–25.

Baptism & the Lord’s Supper

Baptism—The School of Ministry believes in baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. It is open to all believers in Jesus Christ.
The Lord’s Supper—The School of Ministry believes that the Lord’s Supper is a sacrament of our redemption by Christ’s death.  To those who rightly, worthily, and with faith receive it, the bread and the cup is a partaking symbolically of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.  Though Jesus Christ is really present, no change is effected in the elements that are never to be considered objects of worship.  The supper is also a symbol of the love and unity that Christians have among one another.  See Mark 14:22-24; John 6:53-58; I Corinthians 5:7-8,10:16, 11:20, 23-29, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:41, Romans 6:1-4, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 4:4-6.

The Return of Jesus Christ

The School of Ministry anticipates our Lord’s promised return, which could occur at any moment. According to the Father’s plan, Jesus Christ will one day return in power to bring completion of salvation and rewards to believers and judgment and wrath to unbelievers. The Bible teaches that the years leading up to the judgment will be marked by increasing evil, but the actual time of the end is unknown. It could begin at any moment. Though the details of Christ’s return are sometimes unclear, its reality is certain, and all believers are called to live holy lives in anticipation of His coming.
o  1 Thessalonians 4:13–5:11
o  2 Thessalonians 2:1–12
o  Hebrews 9:28
o  Revelation 19:11–16.

Resurrection of Humanity

We at the School of Ministry are convinced that all who have died will be brought back from beyond—believers to everlasting communion with God and unbelievers to everlasting separation from God. Though a believer’s spirit is ushered into the Lord’s presence immediately upon physical death, the fullness of salvation awaits Christ’s return, when He will resurrect believers in glorified bodies like His own immortal body that can never die. While all believers throughout history will enjoy eternal life in perfect paradise, unbelievers will be resurrected to suffer eternal conscious punishment for their sins.
o  John 11:23–27
o  1 Corinthians 15:51–57
o  1 Thessalonians 4:13–18
o  Revelation 20:4–21:5

Evangelism and Global Missions

We at the School of Ministry believe that God is the giver of all good and perfect gifts and the source of blessings: physical and spiritual, temporal and eternal. All that we have and are we owe to Him. Giving cheerfully and sacrificially of our finances is part of our worship. A believer labors not to accrue personal wealth or possessions, but to steward God's resources well and model Jesus to our brothers, sisters, and community. Christians have a spiritual debt to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer's cause on earth.
o  Leviticus 27:30-32
o  Deuteronomy 8:18
o  Malachi 3:8-12
o  Matthew 6:19-21; 19:21
o  1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 16:1-4;
o  2 Corinthians 9:6-15
o  Philippians 4:10-20

Stewardship

At the School of Ministry we believe that God is the giver of all good and perfect gifts and the source of blessings: physical and spiritual, temporal and eternal. All that we have and are we owe to Him. Giving cheerfully and sacrificially of our finances is part of our worship. A believer labors not to accrue personal wealth or possessions, but to steward God's resources well and model Jesus to our brothers, sisters, and community. Christians have a spiritual debt to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer's cause on earth.
o  Leviticus 27:30-32
o  Deuteronomy 8:18
o  Malachi 3:8-12
o  Matthew 6:19-21; 19:21
o  1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 16:1-4;
o  2 Corinthians 9:6-15
o  Philippians 4:10-20