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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.

Winter 2023

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The Book Of Hebrews

Mark Schumacher


Zoom Only

The book of Hebrews stands alone among the New Testament Epistles in its style and approach. This profound book builds a case for the superiority of Christ through a cumulative argument in which Christ is represented as “better” in every respect to angels, to Moses, and Joshua.  


Jesus provides a better priesthood, covenant, sanctuary, and sacrifice. 

Through an understanding of what Christ has done for us and how He has provided redemption and a secure future, we will learn how to stand firm in our faith as the great saints of old did. Therefore, Hebrews can be called “the epistle of faith.” 


In this course, we will explore the greatness of Christ, grow in our understanding of what He has done for us, and learn how to walk more closely with Him. Our faith and hope will grow as we take in the great truths of how blessed we are to be under the New Covenant! 

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Understanding and Interpreting God's Word

and His Voice

Dale Walker


Zoom & In Person

A class on Biblical Hermeneutics.  Hermeneutics teaches us how to understand and interpret the meaning of Scripture as well as how to discern, hear, and interpret God’s voice as He speaks to us through the Holy Spirit.  It teaches us how to “translate” biblical truths into our daily life and the world around us.  


There is no more important and amazing reality for personal growth, blessing, and life change than the fact that God wants to personally communicate with us on a daily basis. We see throughout history when God speaks everything changes for the good for those who have ears to hear and obey.  


The primary way He wants to have a personal conversation with us every day is through the Scriptures. The problem is that few Christians really know how to read the Bible for all it’s worth. There are simple principles for studying and understanding God’s Word that every Christian can learn. This class will help you learn how to study, will teach keys for better understanding the Bible in its proper context and give you keys in order to apply it and communicate it in the most effective ways to others. 

These foundation principles will help you to learn to hear and grasp the other ways God speaks to us such as “His still small voice,” prophecy, dreams, and visions. You will learn to hear and “translate” what God is speaking to us. This is very key to fulfilling God’s plan and purpose for our lives.

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Concepts In Indigenous Cross-Cultural Ministry

Ron Thiesen 


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This course is designed to impart the wisdom of lessons learned from our 40 years of mission work in Peru fulfilling the commission of establishing churches and prosperous children’s ministries.


In this class, students will learn what is involved in cross-cultural church planting and establishing these churches as Indigenous churches.


Ministry in cross-cultural situations includes not only the broader context of nationality and language groups, but also that of sub-cultural groups such as ministering to a group of bikers or cowboys. 

Understanding your position culturally, as well as church culture is essential.  You will be challenged in learning the important aspects of what it is to raise up a cross-cultural ministry that can be naturally and easily passed on to the Indigenous people.  

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Growing in Your Faith: A Study in Spiritual Disciplines

Pastor Thomas Bulger


Zoom & In Person

God has given us the Disciplines of the spiritual life as a means of receiving His grace. They lead to excitement in life and freedom from drudgery. The primary requirement is a longing after God.  The Disciplines allow us to place ourselves before God so that He can transform us.


The classical Disciplines of the spiritual life; meditation, study, prayer, fasting, worship, celebration, and more, call us to move beyond surface living and into the depths of a truly transformed life. Victorious living is our goal and the way we get there is understanding that our growth in the Lord is through the disciplines.

We must not be led to believe that the Disciplines are only for spiritual giants and therefore beyond our reach.  God intends the Disciplines of the spiritual life to be for ordinary human beings, just like you and me. The Disciplines are best used and developed right in the middle of our relationships with our church, husband or wife, our brothers or sisters, our friends and neighbors.


Our goal in this class is to grow in our faith and to understand that as we grow that we can get to know him deeply. When we know Him intimately, this changes everything about us and who we are and produces great fruitfulness in our lives.   

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The Book of Revelation II

Dr. James Courter PhD


Zoom Only

The Book of Revelation is a revelation of Jesus Christ (1:1). In this second trimester, we will focus on chapters 4-22 which begin with: “After these things (4:1). 

The Book of Revelation is both a fascinating and a baffling book. It is the most obscure and controversial book in the Bible, yet those who study it with care agree that it is a unique source of Christian teaching and one of timeless relevance. It is the only book in the Bible that promises a blessing to those who hear, read, and heed it (Rev. 1:3). It was written to encourage Christians facing persecution and in the midst of a world hostile to Jesus’s teachings and it shows us what God is doing in the world from his perspective. 


Behind the vivid imagery of John’s writing is a powerful picture of the nature of the Church, the overthrow of evil, the triumphant return of Christ, and our eternal destiny in the New Jerusalem.   


Come and join us as we unpack the truths of Jesus revelation to us.


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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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