Southeast Michigan Campus Opening Fall of 2018

Southeast Michigan Encounter School Interest Form

Southeast Michigan Encounter School Interest Form

``whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.`` (Jn 14:12)


Drawing from the richness of our Catholic heritage and identity, we seek to teach, equip, activate and deploy disciples to be able to demonstrate the supernatural power and love of the kingdom of God in their spheres of influence. 


Each class starts off with worship and/or testimonies. God is our focus, and we love to worship Him and be in His presence! In teaching and activating, the Encounter School uses a hands-on approach. Expect out-of-class assignments designed to help you implement what you have learned. Each session will show how to minister in a way that shows love and value and serves those whom we come in contact with everyday.


You can expect an inter-generational environment of students hungry to press into Jesus’ promise of doing the works he did and even greater ones.  Our students have ranged from 18-75. Our core values at the Encounter School are driven by creating a culture of honor that is defined by freedom, risk-taking, empowerment, respect, healthy boundaries, humility and docility. There is a high level of student interaction through activations, prayer and worship. It is the culture where empowered lifestyles are sustained, encouraged and empowered!


The Encounter School is a 2 year school of ministry with classes once a week on Tuesday evenings from 6pm – 9:00pm.  Apart from an atmosphere of faith and worship, the goal is to activate the gifts and tools necessary for ministry and to provide a safe environment to grow.  Each year is broken up into 4 quarters covering topics essential to supernatural ministry.

The tuition is $200 per quarter.  Books, retreats and Mission Trips cost extra.

Everyone who graduates will receive a Certificate of Ministry.  This certificate signifies completion of the requirements of the Encounter School of Ministry.

In order to graduate and receive the Certificate of Ministry, the following outcomes must be achieved:

  1. Completion of all 8 quarters (attendance of 6 out 8 classes + completion of all assigned homework).
  2. Completing a Ministry Project (outlined in your second year).

Each quarter consists of 8 classes.  Completion of each quarter for credit requires attendance at 6 our of the 8 classes and completion of assigned homework (this is very minimal).  Homework is designed to put the ministry that you learn into practice in your daily life.

Q1 – Identity and Transformation (Sept/Oct 2018)

Q2 – Power and Healing (Nov/Dec 2018)

Q3 – Hearing God and the Prophetic Gifts (Jan/Feb/Mar 2019)

Q4 – Evangelization  (Mar/Apr/May 2019)

Q5 – Inner Healing and Freedom (Sept/Oct 2019)

Q6 – Intimacy with God (Nov/Dec 2019)

Q7 – Advanced Ministry Training (Jan/Feb/Mar 2020)

Q8 – Leadership and Deployment (Mar/Apr/May 2020)

The school will not be recording and sending out audio or video recordings of the class.  It is the responsibility of each student to make arrangements.  Most students will use their smart phone to record talks for friends who miss.

A typical class in the first year generally looks like this:

6:00 Worship, prayer and testimonies

6:30 table group discussion and homework review

6:45 first teaching

7:20 activation

7:30 table group discussions

7:40 break

8:00 second teaching

8:35 activation

8:45 table group discussion

8:55 announcements, homework assigned, closing prayer

9:00 go home

The School of Ministry will allow a visit to attend one class.  They must sign in at the registration table and receive a visitors pass.

Snapshots of the School of Ministry

Fr. Mathias Thelen S.T.L.

Curriculum Adviser and Guest Teacher

Father Mathias Thelen is a key figure in Encounter Ministries and helps oversee the content of the Encounter School to ensure both the best teaching rooted in authentic Catholic doctrine.

Dr. Mary Healy S.T.D.

Curriculum Director and Guest Teacher

A close friend of Encounter Ministries, Dr. Mary Healy is a full professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Dr. Healy is the senior overseer of the Encounter School curriculum.

Patrick Reis M.A.

School Director

Patrick is the School Director and responsible for working with Fr. Mathias and Dr. Healy to put the curriculum into effect and administer the needs of the school.

``Although we understand that signs, wonders and miracles are not the whole Gospel, we are convinced that the Gospel is not WHOLE without them.``


my speech and my message were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Saint Paul 1 Corinthians 2:4-5