Ministry Development and Training – Minneapolis Hype Video


Ministry Development & Training (MDT) in Lansing is called the SEAL Academy: (Spiritual Education and Leadership).  This comprehensive training program was first used for ministry training in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Church of Christ. It is open to disciples of Jesus Christ in the Great Lakes region.

The SEAL Academy educates and trains students that want to grow in their Bible study skills and discipleship by providing challenging courses taught by qualified teachers and evangelists from within the ICOC family of churches in our effort to edify the ongoing mission of the kingdom of God to teach the kingdom of God to the people of all nations.

SEAL Academy prepares disciples for ministry in God’s kingdom through a variety of methods including individual study, interactive group work, and classroom training. The courses cover a variety of subjects designed to provide the student with a broad background of biblical and ministry training at an undergraduate level. SEAL is not just limited to or designed for full-time ministry staff or those desiring to be. All of the course work is customizable and useful for ministry staff, interns, small group leaders, and disciples of all sorts.

SEAL takes at least two years to complete. To graduate and receive a certification of completion, students must pass eight courses that comprise the MDT curriculum. Each course takes approximately 3 months, has 16 hours of class time, and requires, on average, 3-5 hours of work per week to complete all required reading and assignments.

Students may enroll with the program at the beginning of any course.

Each course is $100 for traditional students and $75 for full-time college students that are also part of the campus ministry in their church.


To complete SEAL Academy, students must complete all eight courses in the MDT curriculum. Most courses will take the following format:

Typical Class Schedule

  •  12 weeks per course
  • Class Begins – Outline, reading assignments and class assignments given
  • 4 to 8 week interim for work and reading before teaching weekend
  • Immersive in-class teaching weekend (Friday night, Saturday all day, Sunday afternoon)
  • 4 to 8 week interim for work and reading
  • Final Assignments Due
    – Approximately 16 hours of total in-class time for each course

Program Schedule (Tentative Month Each Class Will Begin)

The course schedule will follow a two-year repeating program. Students may join the program at the beginning of any course. If the student fails to complete a course, they may be given make-up options, but may have to wait two years to take the course again.

  • Course 1Biblical Interpretation – Instructor: Michael Burns —September-December 2017
    • Class Weekend: October 20-22, 2017
  • Course 2Introduction to the New Testament – Instructor: Michael Burns, Kirk Stevens —January-March 2018
    • Class Weekend: January 26-28, 2018
  • Course 3Mentoring and Discipleship – Instructor: Joel Nagel — April-June 2018
    • Class Weekend: May 4-6, 2018
  • Course 4Disciple Makers – Instructor: Joel Nagel, Mark Kang, Ed Anton – July-September 2018
    • Class Weekend: August 24-26 2018
  • Course 5Introduction to the Old Testament – Instructor: Jeremy Lefler – October-December 2018
    • Class Weekend: November 9-11, 2018
  • Course 6Dynamic Leadership and Spiritual Formation – Instructors: Steve Saindon & Joel Peed Starts—January-March 2019
    • Class Weekend: February 23-24, 2019
  • Course 7Culture & Apologetics – Instructor: Michael Burns – April-June 2019
    • Class Weekend: May 17-19, 2019
  • Course 8Theology & Doctrine – Instructor: Jason Alexander – July-September 2019
    • Class Weekend: August 23-25, 2019

  1. Apply using the form below
  2. Submit payment using the links at the bottom of the page

 Pay Online To Complete Registration:
Campus Registration – $75 per course
When you have finished the registration process you will be contacted along with the rest of your class.