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Heart For The World
School of Missions & Ministry

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Heart For The World School of Missions and Ministry is dedicated to equipping today's church leaders.


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Mark Schumacher


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The Book of Joshua is best known to modern Christians for these familiar words: "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" —Joshua 24:15 


The book of Joshua is a bridge between the years of Children of Israel’s [COI] wanderings in the desert and finally entering and settling down in the Promised Land. 

Sadly, the story does not end well for the COI.  By failing to fully obey God’s instruction to them, they ended up compromising and not fully entering the destiny God had for them -- the full possession of the Promised Land. 

With the help of the Holy Spirit, modern day believers can gain wisdom from their examples, both good and bad, how we can enter into the fullness and calling God has for us and lead others to do the same.  There are many who profess faith in Christ today, however there are not many who, like Joshua, are willing to stay the course and remain faithful to the end

Each of us has a “promised land.” We know our promised land is heaven and all the wonderful things God has in store for us there. But there is a promised land in this lifetime for each of us. Each of us has a destiny, a purpose, a special and unique place, in Christ. Like Joshua we also have been given the privilege of fulfilling the call and ministry which God has planned for each of us. Joshua finished the course of his life and ministry by fully serving the Lord. Let’s join him in choosing to serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).  Let’s learn what it is to enter and possess our own personal promise land?

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Christian Ethics

Pastor Thomas Bulger


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We find our current society with deep divisions over issues that people are very opinionated and passionate about.  People often look to their own experiences or upbringings when making important decisions in their lives rather than what is biblically ethical.  How should the church respond to this dilemma and how can we be healers, salt, and light in such a divided culture? We will study God’s answers to societies issues and learn how to approach and address issues such as the sanctity of marriage and family, the sanctity of life, racism, gender issues, government, and workplace issues and more.  The most important question is, “what would Jesus do?” Scripture lights our way.  Come join us! For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. (Prov. 2:6-9 NASB) 

I. Introduction to Christian Ethics II. Marriage Roles and Issues III. Dating, Divorce, and Remarriage Issues IV. Sexuality and Gender Issues V. Abortion and Sanctity of Life Issues VI. Race and Ethnicity Issues VII. Governmental Authority Issues VIII. Crime and Legal Issues IX. Workplace and Labor Issues X. Parenting, Adoption, and Bioethical Issues XI. Summary and Review

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The Sermon on the Mount

Dr. James Courter PhD


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Over the course of centuries and millennia many sermons have been preached and lessons taught.  But there is one sermon which has truly lasted over many thousands of years and whose lessons of wisdom have remained applicable throughout the many generations up to this very day. That sermon is known to many as the “Sermon on the Mount.” It was so named because Jesus saw the crowds and went up on a mountain with his disciples and began to teach to all who were willing to listen.   

In both the Hebrew and the Greek, the word “disciple” simply means a “student.”  The dictionary defines a student as not just someone attending a class, but as “anyone who studies, investigates or thoughtfully examines” something.  Come and with the help of Holy Spirit let’s be Jesus’ modern day “disciples.” Let’s unpack the truths Jesus wanted all those around Him to understand and know.  Let’s learn from the sermon of sermons taught by the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.   


"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways, and that we may walk in His paths."  Isaiah. 2:3

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Emotionally Healthy Discipleship I

Dale Walker


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Emotionally Healthy Discipleship is a two-trimester course. The original course was created by Pete and Geri Scazzaro, long-time pastors in New York City and authors of several books including, “Emotionally Healthy Discipleship.” 

Through the application of the practices taught in this class students will discover healing and growth in their personal lives and their relationship with the Lord. They will experience new depths of maturity and growth in the “inner life” and become disciples who walk with their Savior and Shepherd of their soul. 

There will be three parts to this training. 

  • The first part will be on how to have a spiritually healthy relationship with our loving God and grow in depth and understanding of what it is to be deeply loved by Him. 

  • The second part will focus on building healthy spiritual and emotional relationships with others learning to truly love well. 

  • The third part* will be training in how to be a discipleship coach and use the methods Jesus used with His disciples to develop them into fully mature followers who discipled others.

* extra classes and mentoring will be required for those desiring to earn credit and become coaches and leaders in discipleship opportunities. 

There are special study guides and books to go along with the course. We encourage you to please register as soon as possible so we can order the materials you will need. 


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Meet Our


Dale Walker

Pastor Dale Walker and his wife Sharon are lead pastors of HFTW Church which they helped pioneer nearly 24 years ago.

Pastor Dale attended Melodyland School of theology and graduated from Vineyard Bible Institute.

He also helps lead Heart for the World Global a missions ministry of partners who are serving in missions in many countries of the world.


Mark Schumacher

Pastor Mark Schumacher along with his wife Bridget are the Pastors of New Wine Fellowship church in El Paso Texas. 

They have been actively involved in the ministry over the past 30 years. Mark is a gifted Pastor, Student, and Teacher of God's Word.

He is known for his depth of insight into God's word and his practical applications.


Thomas Bulger

Thomas Bulger serves as the Executive Pastor at Heart for the World Church and has been a passionate teacher all his life.  He graduated with his BA in Missions (Church History) degree from Southwestern University and from Christ for the Nations in Dallas Texas.  He earned his MA from NMSU and is now a retired educator with 10 years of classroom teaching experience and 16 years as a school administrator.   He has a loving family with many children and grandchildren. 


Thomas wants you to serve and worship the Lord,  grow in your understanding of the Bible, understand the calling that God has on your life, and serve Jesus faithfully in your local church body all the days of your life. 

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Dr. Jim Courter

Jim began his Christian life and ministry in Las Cruces, New Mexico, while attending NMSU. In 1974, he heard the calling to get involved in Bible translation work, and taught himself biblical Greek. In 1975 he started taking Bible translation courses through Wycliffe/SIL. In early 1980 he moved to Austria to work for Evangelism to Communist Lands and ministered to the underground Church behind the Iron Curtain, as well as to Austrians. After returning to the USA, he spent two years in Yuma, Arizona, and served as one of the pastors of a church across the border in Mexico. In 1985 he moved to Vienna, Austria, where he and his family spent the next 21 years. Jim taught at a church Bible school for 3 years and in a Bible school held inside of a prison near Vienna for 6 years. He has been working since 1989 as a Bible translation consultant on many translations of the Bible. He also spent extensive time in Romanian, ministering in orphanages, hospitals, churches, individual families and on the streets.

After returning to the USA for a short time, Jim lived in Jerusalem, Israel, for 10 years. He finished his doctorate there at the University of the Holy Land. He also taught several courses, including Biblical Hebrew and Greek, as well Bible translation practice and history. He led different Bible study groups as well, and shared the gospel at a cafe and at Christ Church in Jerusalem’s Old City. His multi-faceted experiences there greatly enhanced his knowledge of the Bible, the land of the Bible and biblical languages.


Learn About Our
Degree Plan

Heart for the World-School of Missions and Ministry under the direction of Harvest Bible University in Los Angeles offers degree programs to fit the varying needs of individual students. The following, describes the different degrees and their requirements. We strongly encourage you to work toward your degree. Many people want to “simply take a few courses in the Bible.” That’s wonderful, and we have arranged the schedule to make this possible, because we want everyone to be able to learn God’s Word. We’re glad to have you take just one course, or as many as you like.

However, we suggest that you work toward a degree because there is great value in setting a goal, working toward it, and completing it.

In fact, one of the reasons a university degree is important in our society today is that it demonstrates a person is able to finish what he or she starts.


There are other values, too, such as the fact that the curriculum is carefully designed and scheduled to provide each student with a complete, balanced education in the Bible, Christian life, and ministry. Leaving out classes creates gaps which make a person vulnerable in life and doctrine.

But whatever you choose, we welcome you and offer you the freedom to meet your needs here in HFTW-SMM. We’re here to serve you.

How degrees build on each other

Choose the level you desire to attain:


Year 1 | Certificate in Biblical Studies - Basic Bible and Theology | 48 units +

Year 2 | Associate of Ministry - Basic Ministry Skills | 48 units 


Year 3 | Ministerial Diploma - Pastorate or Eldership | 48 units


Year 4 | Bachelor of Ministry - Full Bible University Education | 48 units 


Year 5 | Master of Ministry - Specialist | 48 units


Year 6 | Master of Missions - Missionary |48 units


Year 7 | Master of Divinity - Professional Ministry | 48 units


Year 8 | Doctor of Ministry - Highest Professional Level | 48 units


Each course at Harvest is offered by one of six departments: Bible, Theology, Language, Character, Ministry, or Evangelism. Every degree should have courses from all six departments so as to develop breadth and balance in the student’s life.

Specific suggestions are delineated in the section on degree descriptions.

Course Level

Harvest Bible University has been purposely structured with many locations so that students may remain in their own area to minister while attending university to train for greater effectiveness. This decentralized approach requires that provision must be made to offer students sufficient courses for their degrees at each campus.

 Therefore, each course is carefully constructed so that various levels of students may take it simultaneously. This multi-track approach means that homework requirements, grading scale, and class participation activities will differ for undergraduate and graduate students appropriate to their level.

Course Numbering System

Courses are identified by a two-letter department name abbreviation followed by a three-digit course number, such as TH-434. If the course spans more than one quarter a letter is appended to the course number to indicate which part of the series it is, such as CD-121a, CD-121b.

Department abbreviations are as follows:

BI – Bible, TH – Theology, LG – Language, CD – Character, 

MN – Ministry, EV – Evangelism.

Courses are numbered according to their recommended level to aid students in developing a long-term educational plan. However, students are free to take courses that fit their needs at any time in their program.

Lower Division: (100 – 199) First year | (200 – 299) Second year

Upper Division: (300 – 399) Third year | (400 – 499) Fourth year

Graduate: (500 – 599) Fifth through eighth years.

Language Of Instruction

Harvest is the university for all people, the place where people of all races and ethnicities come together as the family of God to learn at His feet. Courses are taught in any language with enough students to constitute a class.

You can tell what courses are available in a particular language by looking at the current schedule which specifies the language for each course.

Majors And Concentration

Students may major in Ministry, Missions, or Divinity, based on their level (undergraduate or graduate) and which of the three Harvest schools they choose to major in.
Courses are offered by six different departments to all students in the three schools. A certain number of units is recommended in each of the six departments for each degree, but the student is free to choose the courses that will be most beneficial for his or her own gifts, calling, and ministry situation.

The Associate of Ministry degree is a two-year college degree that provides basic training in the Bible, theology, character, and ministry. It is designed to equip a Christian to walk with God and serve Him effectively in a local church. It requires 96 units. The recommended balance of courses for this degree is:

Bible (12), Theology (8), Character (8), Ministry (18),

Language (6), Evangelism (8), Electives (+36), Total (96)

Degree Plan
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