EPIC School of Leadership

Are you hungry for God's Word? Do you feel the call of God to do something of eternal value with your life? Something EPIC?

The EPIC School of Leadership is the place for you! We are equipping Christian leaders for the local church with BIble courses and spiritual leadership training.


The Heart Behind EPIC

The EPIC School of Leadership philosophy is summed up in the word: EPIC

E-evangelistic heart - This stands for our passion to reach out to those who are lost, far from God and who have not yet experienced the joy of a dynamic relationship with Jesus.

P-pioneer spirit - This stands for the entrepreneurial, trail-blazing, "we can do this" attitude of faith that trusts God and goes after the impossible.

I-innovative edge - This stands for doing church and ministry in creative, innovative, "unpredictable," out-of-the-box ways and to utilize all of the teaching, media, musical, technological and creative tools God has given us for sharing His Word.

C-cultural relevance - This stands for simply connecting with today's culture and answering questions they are asking with the relevant truth of God's Word.

Our Purpose

To equip Christian leaders for the local church. EPIC provides teaching and training that satisfies the spiritual hunger of those  who sense God's calling to do something EPIC with their lives! If you are hungry for solid training, mentoring and God-given confidence to move into your purpose, destiny and calling within your own local church, then the EPIC School of Leadership is the place for you!

The Two-Year EPIC Program

Year 1 - Biblical Studies

The first year of the EPIC program is extremely flexible so that everyone who meets the prerequisites can participate. Students may take single, ala carte classes or participate as a full-time student. Classes include:

  • ABC's of Faith
  • New Testament Survey
  • Old Testament Survey
  • In Christ Realities
  • The Believer's Authority
  • Prayer and Praise Life
  • God's Plan for Spiritual Leadership
  • The Person of the Holy Spirit
  • The Life of Christ
  • Kingdom Laws
  • Christ the Healer
  • Financial Stewardship

Year 2 - Leadership Development

The second year is focused on training leaders and equipping students to be successful in culturally relevant ministry. Classes include:

  • End Time Events
  • Holy Spirit Gifts
  • Communication & People Skills
  • Overview of Church Life Part 1 & Part 2
  • Organizational Structure
  • Spirit-Filled Life
  • Kingdom Laws
  • Developing the Leader Within
  • Life of Christ
  • Faith Generals
  • VFC Church Culture

Prerequisites to attend EPIC:

  • Read 7 Basics: Strong Roots for Every Christian by Pastor Beth Jones
  • Get A Grip 101: Basics by Pastor Beth Jones
  • Get A Grip 201: Serving by Pastor Beth Jones
  • Currently/Regularly Serving At Valley Family Church or Your Local Church
  • Faithful Attender of Valley Family Church or Your Local Church
  • 18 years or older

Class Times and Schedule:

EPIC meets from September-May, on Sunday nights from 6:00 - 9:00pm.
Full-time students will have 3 classes each Sunday night. Each individual class runs for 50 minutes.

Is EPIC accredited?

The EPIC School of Leadership is not an accredited ministry training school; therefore, it will not be possible for the classes to be transferred to or from another Bible school. The EPIC School of Leadership exists to provide practical Bible training for those who want to be effective in helping Valley Family Church fulfill its vision and mission.

What if I graduated from another Bible College? Will this count towards EPIC?

Students who have completed other qualifying Bible school training may audit the first year classes. (In order to attend the 2nd year program at EPIC, all students - including those who have previous Bible College degrees - must take the 1st year program in EPIC.) Auditing students must attend all classes, do all homework assignments and take the final exam in order to graduate from EPIC. The first year tuition will be waived; however, students who audit will be responsible for the cost of their books per term. (To find out if the Bible School you attended qualifies for this option, please email: epicschool@valleyfamilychurch.org)

How much homework can I expect?

The EPIC School of Leadership is a school for equipping Christian leaders; therefore, more is required of a student than simply sitting in classes and listening to teachers lecture. Since there are only 8 hours of class time per term; there is a time commitment outside of class for reading and listening to audio resource material and completing class assignments as part of the training. The time required for each student will be dependent on the student and the pace at which they work.

Each instructor will assign at least one book of required reading and one audio assignment for listening outside of class. After completing the books/audio, the student will be required to go online to answer the questions for each class assignment. So, in addition to class time lectures, students will read 3 books, listen to 3 audio teachings and answer the questions for each assignment. 

How old do you have to be to attend EPIC?

Each student must be at least 18 years or older and have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Individuals must be mature in their faith and have a track record of sound financial stewardship.

How much does it cost to attend EPIC?

2013-2014 Tuition Costs:

Registration/Application: $35 if paid AFTER July 24 (non-refundable)

Full-Time First Year Students: $800/year 

Payments of $100/month Sept 15, Oct 1, Nov 1, Dec 1, Jan 1, Feb 1, Mar 1 & April 1. Make Tuition Payment.

Full-Time Second Year Students: $800/year

Payments of $100/month on September 15, October 1, November 1, December 1, January 1, February 1, March 1 and April 1. Make Tuition Payment.

Books are not included in the above tuition. They can be purchased online or through the Valley Family Church Bookstore Mon-Thurs 9-4 or before and after weekend services.

Part-Time Students: $90/class Click here to register and/or pay.

Married Couples:
Couples applying together as Full-Time students receive 50% off spouse tuition by using the promo code "Spouse" when paying for tuition.

Graduation Event Fee: Second year students only - $65. Pay your graduation fees.

For more information or to apply, download the applications on the left hand side of this page, or email: epicschool@valleyfamilychurch.org


Helpful Links

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