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FLAME was very encouraging! I was energized by the fellowship. I learned a lot from the professors. Most of all, God used FLAME to help clarify His call in my life. I can't wait for the next FLAME event!

The Fellowship of Leaders Acquiring Ministerial Education (FLAME) is a pathway to complete academic requirements for credentialing in The Wesleyan Church

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Do you like the convenience of live online education AND the benefit of face-to-face live classes? Well, we've got an option for you!

FLAME is now offering an online option for classes!

  • Classes will be offered via "video conferencing" in a live, online format.
  • Classes will be held each during 6 four-hour sessions.
  • Courses are being designed to allow for 1 week of pre-work and 1 week of post-work. All other work for the courses will be completed between live class sessions.
  • Students will interact with the professor and other students live.
  • The class will utilized simple, easy-to-use technology for video (Zoom) and audio (phone) to ensure a simple connection.
  • Students will be given a short training session on how to use the technology. All you need is: 1) A laptop/computer with a camera, 2) a good internet connection, 3) a good phone connection, 4) Earbuds with a microphone 5) A quiet place to attend class. We've outlined HERE with more detail the technological and environment set up needed for a successful classroom experience. This document will be updated with information as we learn.
  • Class Cost: $195 plus books

Required Zoom Training Sessions (Choose one- prior to your first class)

Wednesday, September 6th 1:00 PM EST

Wednesday, November 1st 2:00 PM EST

Thursday, December 21st 12:00 PM EST

Thursday, March 1st 3:00 PM EST


"To me FLAME is an amazing opportunity to connect with, encourage, and challenge others who are pursing Christ in ministry. Iron sharpening iron."

"Flame is awesome! Great atmosphere and good teaching."

Track 1: Monday's 6 pm - 10 pm EST

Introduction to Theology (Registration Deadline 05/01/2017) (Registration PASSED )

  • Class Dates (2017): May 8, 15, 22, June 5, 12, 19 (Break for Memorial Day)
  • Professor: Anthony Casey, Assistant District Superintendent, South Carolina

Introduction to New Testament (Registration Deadline 07/03/2017) (Registration PASSED)

  • Class Dates (2017): July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14
  • Professor: Ken Schenck, Dean, School of Theology & Ministry, Indiana Wesleyan University

Wesleyan History & Discipline (Registration Deadline 9/4/2017) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2017): September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16
  • Professor: Anthony Casey, Assistant District Superintendent, South Carolina

Church Leadership & Management (Registration Deadline 10/30/2017) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2017): November 6, 13, 27, December 4, 11, 18 (Break for Thanksgiving)
  • Professor: Rev. Lawrence VanHook

Introduction to Old Testament (Registration Deadline 12/20/2017) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2018): January 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5

Introduction to Homiletics (Registration Deadline 02/26/2018) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2018): March 5, 12, 19, April 2, 9, 16 (Break for Easter)

Pastoral Ministries

  • Class Dates (2018): May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11, 18 2018 (Break for Memorial Day)
  • Professor: Joel Liechty, Director, Education and Clergy Development

Methods of Bible Study

  • Class Dates (2018): July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13

Track 2: Saturday's 9 am - 1 pm EST

Pastoral Ministries (Registration Deadline 05/08/2017) (Registration PASSED)

  • Class Dates (2017): May 13, 20, June 3, 10, 17, 24 (Break for Memorial day)
  • Professor: Joel Liechty, Director, Education and Clergy Development

Methods of Bible Study (Registration Deadline 06/30/2017) (Registration PASSED)

  • Class Dates (2017): July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12
  • Professor: Larisa Levicheva Professor of Bible and Christian Ministries , Wesley Seminary at IWU

NT Elective- Gospel Epistles of John (Registration Deadline 09/01/2017) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2017): September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14
  • Professor: Karen Tucker Professor, Houghton

Doctrine of Holiness (Registration Deadline 10/27/2017) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2017): November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9, 16 (Break for Thanksgiving)

Expository Preaching (Registration Deadline 12/20/2017) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2018): January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10

Philosophy & Ethics (Registration Deadline 02/23/2018) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2018): March 3, 10, 17, 24, April 7, 14 (Break for Easter)

Evangelism/Church Health

  • Class Dates (2018): May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16 (Break for Memorial Day)

Christian Education

  • Class Dates (2018): July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18

Track 3: Tuesday's 6 pm - 10 pm EST

Pastoral Counseling (Registration Deadline 9/4/2017) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2017): September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17
  • Dr. Allen Lee, Program Director of Christian Counselling, Kingswood University

General Church History (Registration Deadline 10/30/2017) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2017): November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12, 19 (Break for Thanksgiving)
  • Dr. Kristina La-Celle- Peterson, Professor of Religion, Houghton College

Worship (Registration Deadline (12/20/2017) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2018): January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6

Spiritual Formation (02/26/2018) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2018): March 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10, 17 (Break for Easter)
  • Professor: Johanna Rugh

Advanced Theology

  • Class Dates (2018): May 1, 8, 15, 22, June 5, 12 (Break for Memorial Day)

OT Elective

  • Class Dates (2018): July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14

Track 4: Thursday 6 pm - 10 pm EST

Sociology (Registration Deadline 09/04/2017) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2017): September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19
  • Professor : Elizabeth Drury

Psychology (Registration Deadline 10/30/2017) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2017): November 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14, 21 (Break for Thanksgiving)

Global & Intercultural Ministries (Registration Deadline 12/20/2017) (Registration Below)

  • Class Dates (2018): January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8

Cancellation Policy

If for any reason you decide to cancel your FLAME class after the registration closing date, you may apply for a refund. However, please be aware of the Refund Schedule:

100% Refund before the first class

75% Refund after first class has met, but before the second class

50% Refund after the second class has met, but before the third class meets

25% Refund after the third class has met, but before the fourth class meets

No Refund beyond the fourth class meeting