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Welcome to the Encounter School of Ministry

Equipping disciples to demonstrate the power and love of God in their spheres of influence.

Welcome to the Encounter School of Ministry

Equipping disciples to demonstrate the power and love of God in their spheres of influence.

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MISSION

Drawing from the richness of our Catholic heritage, we seek to teach, equip, activate disciples to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in their spheres of influence. Through our onsite and online campuses, we train disciples to embrace their identity in Jesus and live out of the inheritance he won for them, so that their mission, ministry, and God-given dreams will flourish in every season of life.

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ENVIRONMENT

We begin each class by responding to God’s goodness with worship and testimonies. In teaching and activating,  we use a hands-on approach and assign out-of-class work designed to help you implement what you learn. Each session will show how to minister out of love and honor, hear the voice of God, and make supernatural kingdom impact in the lives of those around you! 

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CULTURE

Encounter School values class culture that is driven by freedom, risk-taking, empowerment, respect, healthy boundaries, humility, feedback, and docility. Our students are challenged to grow in their God-given identity through a high level of student interaction in activations, prayer, and worship.  We see empowered lifestyles thrive as we celebrate the goodness of God in every step of student growth!

Why Should You Be A Student?

The Encounter School of Ministry is a dynamic training program designed to teach, equip, and activate you in the full supernatural lifestyle of Jesus so that you can walk with God in intimacy and demonstrate his love and power to the world around you! We believe that as you embrace your identity and live out of the inheritance Jesus won for you, your mission, ministry, and God-given dreams will flourish in every season of life.

How does the school work?

The Encounter School is a 2 year school of ministry with classes once a week on Monday evenings from 6pm – 9:00pm.  Apart from an atmosphere of faith and worship, the goal is to activate the gifts and tools necessary for ministry and to provide a safe environment to grow.  Each year is broken up into 4 quarters covering topics essential to supernatural ministry.

What is a typical class schedule?

A typical class in the first year generally looks like this:

6:00 Worship, prayer and testimonies
6:30 table group discussion and homework review
6:45 first teaching
7:20 activation
7:30 table group discussions
7:40 break
8:00 second teaching
8:35 activation
8:45 table group discussion
8:55 announcements, homework assigned, closing prayer
9:00 go home

When do Classes Begin?

Onsite Campuses

Brighton, MI Campus
Orientation: Tuesday Sept 8th
First Class: Monday Sept 14th
 
Cincinnati, OH Campus
Orientation: Tuesday Sept 15th 
First Class: Tuesday Sept 22nd
Louisiana Campus
Orientation: Monday Sept 14th
First Class: Monday Sept 21st
 
Seattle Campus
Orientation: Thursday Sept 10th
First Class: Thursday Sept 17th

Online Campus

Application Deadline: Friday Sept 11th 
Orientation: Week of September 14th
First Dynamic Zoom Room: Week of September 21st

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ONSITE CAMPUS LOCATIONS

Brighton Main Campus

Cincinnati Campus

Louisiana Campus

Seattle Campus

Cincinnati Campus

Led by Deacon Russ Feldkamp and Ryan Mahle.

BRIGHTON MAIN CAMPUS

The home of Encounter Ministries at St. Patrick.

Louisiana Campus

Led by Ben & Chantelle Hudachek.

Seattle Campus

Led by Debora Johnston.

“ALTHOUGH WE UNDERSTAND THAT SIGNS, WONDERS AND MIRACLES ARE NOT THE WHOLE GOSPEL, WE ARE CONVINCED THAT THE GOSPEL IS NOT WHOLE WITHOUT THEM.“

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

Patrick Reis MA

Patrick Reis MA

Main School Director

Patrick is the School Director and responsible for curriculum development and working with the school leadership and teachers to put the curriculum into effect and administer the needs of the school.

Fr. Mathias Thelen

Fr. Mathias Thelen

President

Father Mathias Thelen is the President of Encounter Ministries and helps oversee the content of the Encounter School to ensure both the best teaching rooted in authentic Catholic doctrine.

Dr. Mary Healy

Dr. Mary Healy

Theological Curriculum Adviser

A close friend of Encounter Ministries, Dr. Mary Healy is a full professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Dr. Healy provides counsel to school leadership on the development of curriculum teaching.

My speech and my message were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5