You might be wondering, what does it mean to "apprentice"?
Merriam-Webster defines an apprentice as "a person who learns a job or skill by working for a fixed period of time for someone who is very good at that job or skill."
SOULS provides an apprenticeship environment—a place where you learn ministry from talented and experienced Gospel workers while doing the work of outreach evangelism. Each graduate has visited nearly 20,000 homes, left thousands of pieces of literature, given dozens of Bible studies, trained church members, led youth outreach programs, preached biblical sermons, and much more. Most undergraduate religion degrees will provide between 200 and 400 hours of ministry experience or "lab" work. SOULS students experience over 2,200 hours of ministry experience in a local church settings, and even the classes are designed to be practical and immediately applicable.
The SOULS calendar is structured to provide a period of intensive classes followed by a period of mentored ministry experience, applying what the student learned in the classroom. We refer to these periods as a "class quarter" and a "practicum quarter". There are four class quarters and four practicum quarters in two years SOULS Northwest. The winter practicum for the first year is an advanced Christian sales and literature ministries leadership practicum. The winter practicum for the second year is a Bible work internship. The summer practicums are dedicated to leadership development for Youth Rush literature programs. During practicums students can expect several hours or up to a full work day every week of one-on-one mentorship from one or more staff.
Throughout the school year students will be given apprenticeship opportunities in areas such as food service, inventory and product management, business finance, office assistant, teacher assistant, magabook leadership, and dean's assistant. Though we will rotate all students through each of these areas, some students will be assigned to an area for longer-term mentorship by one of the staff members. Our goal is that all graduates will have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to be a youth rush program head or an assistant to a conference literature ministries department.