Launch a Satellite Campus




We are looking to partner with leaders who embody our core values and are passionate to see the Body of Christ equipped to participate in the transformation of a region through there spheres of influence.

Responsibilities of an ESM Satellite Campus

ESM Satellite Campuses are locations around the world, licensed to use the Encounter School of Ministry curriculum to help bring transformation to a particular region. Each Satellite Campus is run by a Campus Director who has a direct and immediate role and responsibility over the campus. As no one can develop a successful and sustainable campus on their own, it is vital each director has a Leadership Team working with them to ensure all major areas of responsibilities are covered.


 Administration within a Satellite Campus includes overseeing the following areas:

  • Maintaining & Updating the Student Dashboard
  • Printing Student Handouts, Ensuring Leadership Team members and the teaching team has proper Google Drive access
  • Organizing and updating the Campus Master Calendar
  • Updating and distributing student syllabi for the school year

Creating positive exposure of your campus is one of the most important elements to growing your campus and preparing for a successful launch. The role of the marketing team is to increase campus awareness, create and request graphic designs from the ESM team in Brighton, communicate with those in your marketing database, and establish and maintain informative and engaging social media accounts.

Pastoral Support

While we highly recommend all of our students have a spiritual mentor who can walk with them throughout the duration of the two-year program, we also know the importance of each campus having someone onsite to support students. Pastoral support on a campus can look many different ways, some of the responsibilities include:

  • Providing extra support, space to process, and prayer for students 
  • Encouraging students to seek out additional support including the Encounter Inner Healing & Freedom Ministry, mental health resources, and other inner healing resources.

Events are an important way to help bring about transformation in your region. They provide opportunities for those not involved in the school to experience more of what the Lord has in store for them. Additionally, events provide an opportunity for your students to be able to minister and continue to activate what they are learning about during their time in the Encounter School of Ministry!


Possible Costs to Consider:

  • Rental Fees*
  • Campus Supplies (Paper, binders*, pens. etc.) 
  • Hospitality*
  • Tech Equipment*
  • Administrative Costs* (ie. Printing)
  • Speaker Stipends for events 

* Not applicable for all campuses. Will depend on if you are providing certain resources and what tech is available at your venue



Teaching is a curcial component of a satellite campus. Each campus needs to grow a team of people who can engage students by preseting curriculum content. 


Class Logistics

Each week, students on your campus will join onsite for class. Each class follows the same flow.

  • Pre-School Worship
  • Small Groups
  • Session 1 + Activations
  • Break
  • Session 2 + Activations
Worship & Technology

A culture of praise and worship is an essential component of a healthy campus. The worship leader for a campus will oversee the following areas:

  • Providing Spirit-Led worship for the Campus
  • Scheduling and working with a prayer leader to lead a prayer meeting style worship sets.
  • Ensuring all licensing requirements for displaying lyrics have been met
  • Ensuring the necessary technology for worship and class is available.



It is the responsibility of each campus to create and foster a community among their students. This can take many forms, but should include weekly small groups for your students to take part in. During small groups, students will discuss the previous week’s homework, pray with each other, and spend time discussing the suggested reading. Additionally, campuses organize outings for students, retreats, and other opportunities for students to grow together. 



Over the course of the two-year program, it is the Satellite Campuses responsibility to continually encourage their students. This can take many forms including:

  • Providing additional resources provided by Main Campus
  • Creating opportunities for students to be able to minister
  • Providing prophetic encouragement
  • Praying for your students and regions!

What does the Launch Process look like?

E-Course Training

Upon being accepted as an Onboarding Satellite Campus, each director will be given access to a training course, which will need to be completed prior to attending the three day training in Brighton, MI.

This course will go through the following training areas:

  • How to Run a Satellite Campus
  • Discerning a Leadership Team
  • Incorporating as a Non-Profit
  • ESMO Status Requirements
  • Campus Location Discernment
  • Administrative Roles
  • Marketing Plans
  • Technology
  • Worship
  • Teaching Best Practices
  • and More! 

Develop a Leadership Team

No one person can run a Satellite Campus on their own. It is vital for each Campus Director to build a team made up of individuals with various areas of gifting to ensure all of the details of the campus are covered. Based on the size of the team and campus, Leadership Team members may also serve as teachers, worship team members, or other necessary team roles. 

Leadership Teams are made up of the following roles:

  • Campus Director
  • Campus Administrator
  • Marketing Lead
  • Pastoral Support
  • Tech Coordinator

Develop a Teaching Team

Teaching is a crucial component of a satellite campus. Each campus needs to grow a team of people who can engage students by presenting curriculum content. 

Things to consider:

  • All teachers must have already received content as a student prior to teaching the content. 
  • Anyone with access to the curriculum is required to sign an Non-Disclosure Agreement.
  • Teachers need to be able to take time to prepare for class each week. 
  • Not all teachers will be on the leadership team, but are able to support the campus presenting content. 

Discern a Campus Location

Choosing a campus locations is an extremely important part of the launch process. Without a homebase for your campus, you will be unable to run a school or any events.

Things to consider:

  • Environment
  • Technology Available
  • Favor
  • Location Within your Region
  • Cost
  • Hosting Events
  • What Day Could Class be Held?

Host Launch Events

Each Onboarding Satellite Campus will be required to host three launch events in the lead up to their campus launch. These events will serve the purpose of gaining positive exposure for your campus and kick-start your student recruitment efforts. 

Things to consider:

  • When will these events take place?
  • What type of events will you run?
  • What is the schedule for each event?
  • How will you market them?

Attend the ESM Satellite Campus Onboarding Training

Each Onboarding Satellite Campus Director and Leadership Team will be required to attend a three-day training in Brighton, MI in the fall, one-year prior to their campuses launch. During this training we will cover in more depth topics covered in the e-course training including the following: 

  • The Big Picture of Running a Satellite Campus
  • Launch Plan
  • Media & Marketing
  • Building a Culture of Worship
  • Teaching Best Practices
  • And More!

Application Process for New Satellite Campuses

January 15th

Application Opens

Fill out your Encounter School Satellite Campus Application. The application window will remain open until March 15th at 12:00am (ET) 


Next Application Steps

Next steps in the application process will be communnicate to appliciants in Mid-March. These steps will include scheduling a first interview with members of the ESM Team. There are up to two rounds of interviews qualified applicants will be asked to participate in.

April 1st

2nd Round of Interviews

In this second round of interviews, applicants will be provided a selected piece of our curriculum content to prepare and present for the interview panel. 

May 1st

Decisions Announced

All campuses who have entered into the interview process will informed of the final decisions by the Encounter School of Ministry.

The Encounter School of Ministry is open to Christians of all backgrounds—disciples who believe God calls them to demonstrate His supernatural love in their daily lives. Our curriculum and content is rooted in Catholic Tradition and faithful to Catholic teaching.