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Program, Structure & Vision

SEM is a carefully-structured holistic, experiential and transformational equipping course. The SEM program guides students’ spiritual formation in four crucial areas: mind formation, heart formation, relational formation, and lifestyle.

Most regular, church-going Christians have never walked through a process of comprehensive “discipleship” that includes:

  • a solid foundation of a Jesus-centered worldview
  • personal healing
  • dynamic connection with God
  • solid biblical and theological training for everyday life as a life-long disciple-missionary of Jesus

This kind of discipleship is impossible to accomplish through weekly sermons and periodic classes alone!

SEM’s purpose is to equip future leaders who can expand and carry forward the vision of a Jesus-looking God, forming Jesus-looking communities, who impact their world in Jesus-looking ways.

Enrollment & Course Completion

Prospective students apply for acceptance into the three-year program and then enroll for each year of the program. Yearly enrollment involves committing to the nine-month program (September-May). Successful completion of each year’s courses is a prerequisite for students being eligible to enroll in the subsequent year.

Those who successfully complete the three-year program will be “certified” in Kingdom Missional Theology by Woodland Hills Church. This is not currently an accredited degree program. Certification may qualify participants for a number of possible future relational or leadership roles within Woodland Hills, or as an affiliate partner ministry of Woodland Hills.

Year one modules

Worldview and Narrative Formation

  • God’s Grand Story (meta-narrative)
  • Discover the Kingdom
  • Upside-Down Kingdom
  • Repenting of Religion
  • Being Church
  • Race-Conciliation 1
  • Standing Free 1

Year two modules

Personal and Relational Formation

  • Gospels Immersion
  • Peacemakers
  • Soul-Shaping (spiritual disciplines)
  • Covenant Relations
  • Healing Journey
  • Race-Conciliation 2
  • Standing Free 2

Year three modules

Biblical and Theological Formation

  • NT Letters / Exegesis
  • Bible 101
  • Theology 101
  • Radical Church History
  • Creation Care
  • APEST Ministry
  • Justice Journey
  • Standing Free 3

Instruction will involve a combination of live, in-class teachings and online video teachings outside of class. SEM teachers include Greg Boyd, Kevin Callaghan, Paul Eddy, and other guest teachers.

Supportive SEM Community Connections

Students will connect with each other and SEM leaders outside of class to support their learning and growth journey:

  • Monthly Core Groups of 3-4 students, facilitated by a SEM leader. These groups provide informal connection, processing, support and prayer throughout the three-year journey.
  • Online student forum where students can make posts and interact with each other informally as much as they want or need to. This forum will be curated by a SEM leader.
  • One-on-one student check-ins will take place twice a year with a SEM leader to explore student concerns, needs and progress.

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"I am a podrishioner that just wanted to say thanks for sharing Woodland Hills through podcasts and videos. This is my place to get a spiritual refill, and it’s where I get most of my teaching from. Since I've starting following you four years ago, my view on God, myself and other people has radically been changed. Thanks so much, and keep sharing the Kingdom!"

– Knut-Inge, from Norway