Schools of Ministry

Three schools of ministry throughout the conference offer a wide array of courses to deepen adult faith formation and provide for leadership development in the life of the church. Courses in each school are open to anyone throughout the Heartland Conference who might be interested. Links to the course information and relevant contact information are offered below:

Lay School of Religion – Northwest Ohio Association

The NWOA Lay School of Religion is open to all lay members who wish to grow and be enriched, whether in their personal life or for further opportunities to serve God. Individuals may take a single class or more, or complete the course of study to become a graduate of Lay School. For further information and class listings, please click here. For further questions, contact Rev. Dan Busch at

SONKA Lay School

SONKA Lay School is an ongoing educational program for lay leadership development, ongoing professional development for pastors and those seeking ordination through multiple paths. Current course offerings and Lay School Information may be found by clicking here. For further questions, contact Rev. Carl Robinson at

PATHWAYS Theological Education

An additional path comes from PATHWAYS, offering asynchronous coursework. Their courses are designed through online questions and discussion to build community. Learners are required to interact with one another each week. The facilitator checks in each week with each learner. Learn more at the PATHWAYS website