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RP School of Ministry Guidelines
TEACHABILITY: We ask that every student be teachable, willing to learn, and sincere in his or her pursuit of holiness.
DATING: We encourage all students to remain single and devoted to the Lord during your
first two semesters. If you are in a relationship before you join, we ask that you inform us by indicating it on the application and that you submit to accountability of the time committed to the School of Ministry so that the relationship will not distract you from what the Lord is doing. If you are engaged or married, please indicate this on the application.
The purpose of our school is to focus our pursuit of the Lord. We are confident that when students separate themselves for this short season, they will find that the reward far outweighs any sacrifice made.
VACATION: Previously planned vacation time is permitted as long as the dates of the trip are approved. Students should plan ahead and keep the purpose of the school at the forefront.
PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Students are expected to uphold a clean, modest, and non-distracting appearance in their dress for all meetings, classes, services and gatherings within the Resting Place community. We desire to bring glory to Jesus with our bodies and our clothing. For guidelines on modesty, please see an RP School of Ministry Leader.
HEALTH INSURANCE: Applicants should provide their own health insurance coverage. Neither Resting Place nor the School of Ministry program is responsible for covering professional medical attention, medication, visits to a doctor, or hospitalization.
TRAVEL: Students are responsible for their own transportation and timeliness (i.e. each student is responsible for getting to and being punctual for each meeting).
PERSONAL EXPENDITURES: Students are required to have sufficient funds to cover all personal and living expenses incurred throughout the school.
Resting Place Statement of Faith
A. WE BELIEVE that only the sixty-six books of the Bible are the inspired and, therefore, inerrant Word of God. The Bible is the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live.
(Mt. 5:18; Jn.10:35 and 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16–17; 2 Pet. 1:20–21)
B. WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man; that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a penal, substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By His blood shed at the cross, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints forever.
(Mt. 1:18–25; Jn. 1:1–18; Rom. 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:1–28; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:10–14; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:6–11; Col. 1:15–23; Heb. 7:25, 9:13–15, 10:19; 1 Pet. 2:21–25; 1 Jn. 2:1–2)
C. WE BELIEVE that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of man is required or accepted in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God's sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ.
(Jn. 1:12–13, 6:37–44, 10:25–30; Acts 16:30–31; Rom. 3:1–4:23, 8:1–17, 31–39, 10:8–10; Eph. 2:8–10; Phil. 2:12–13; Titus 3:3–7; 1 Jn. 1:7, 9)
D. WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, in whom we are also sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells, and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service. Subsequent to conversion, the Spirit desires to fill, empower, and anoint believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the Church to fulfill its calling and mission.
(Mt. 3:11; Jn. 1:12–13, 3:1–15; Acts 4:29–30; Rom. 8:9, 12:3–8; 1 Cor. 12:12–13; 2 Cor. 1:21–22; Gal. 3:1–5; Eph. 1:13–14, 5:18)
E. WE BELIEVE that the one true God exists eternally in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power, and glory. We believe that God not only created the world but also now upholds, sustains, governs, and providentially directs all that exists and that He will bring all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus to the glory of His name.
(Ps. 104:1–35, 139:1–24; Mt. 10:29–31, 28:19; Acts 17:24–28; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:9–12, 4:4–6; Col. 1:16–17; Heb. 1:1–3; Rev. 1:4–6)
F. WE BELIEVE that when Christians die, they pass immediately into the blessed presence of Christ, there to enjoy conscious fellowship with the Savior until the day of the resurrection and the glorious transformation of their bodies. The saved will then forever dwell in blissful fellowship with their great triune God. We also believe that when unbelievers die, they are consigned to hell, there to await the Day of Judgment when they shall be punished in the lake of fire with eternal, conscious, and tormented separation from the presence of God.
(Mt. 25:46; Lk. 16:19–31; Jn. 5:25–29; 1 Cor. 15:35–58; 2 Cor. 5:1–10; Phil. 1:19–26, 3:20–21; 2 Thes. 1:5–10; Rev. 20:11–15, 21:1–22:15)
G. WE BELIEVE that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are the two ordinances of the Church to be observed until the time of Christ's return. They are not a means of salvation, but are channels of God's sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ Jesus.
(Mt. 26:26–29, 28:19; Rom. 6:3–11; 1 Cor. 11:23–34; 1 Pet. 3:21)
H. WE BELIEVE in the literal second coming of Christ at the end of the age when He will return to earth personally and visibly to consummate His kingdom. We believe that the Church will go through the Great Tribulation in great power and victory. We believe the Church will be raptured at the end of the Great Tribulation. We also believe in and are praying for a great end–time harvest of souls and the emergence of a victorious Church that will experience an unprecedented unity, purity, and power in the Holy Spirit.
(Ps. 2:7–9, 22:27–28; Jn. 14:12, 17:20–26; Rom. 11:25–32; 1 Cor. 15:20–28, 50–58; Eph. 4:11–16; Phil. 3:20–21; 1 Thes. 4:13–5:11; 2 Thes. 1:3–12; Rev. 7:9–14)
I. WE BELIEVE that Adam was originally created in the image of God, righteous and without sin. As a consequence of his disobedience, Adam's posterity is born subject to both imputed and inherent sin, and all humans are therefore by nature and choice the children of wrath, justly condemned in the sight of God, wholly unable to save themselves or to contribute in any way to their acceptance with God.
(Gen. 1:1–3:22; Ps. 51:5; Isa. 53:5; Rom. 3:9–18, 5:12–21; Eph. 2:1–3)
J. WE BELIEVE that the Church is God's primary instrument, through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of ministry, God has given the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. We believe that women, no less than men, are called and gifted to proclaim the gospel and do all the works of the kingdom.
(Mt. 16:17–19; Acts 2:17–18, 42; Eph. 3:14–21, 4:11–16; 1 Tim. 2:11–15; Heb. 10:23–25; 1 Pet. 2:4–5, 9–10)
K. WE BELIEVE that God has called the Church to preach the gospel to all nations, to especially remember the poor and to minister to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. This ministry is an expression of the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ and is an essential part of the kingdom of God.
(Isa. 58:6–12, 61:1; Mt. 5:1–7:28; 28:18–20; Lk. 4:18, 21:1–4; Gal. 2:10; 1 Tim. 6:8)
L. WE BELIEVE that Satan, originally the great and good angel Lucifer, rebelled against God, taking a multitude of angels with him. He was cast out of God's presence and is at work with his demonic hosts to establish his counter-kingdom of darkness, evil, and unrest on earth. Satan was judged and defeated at the cross of Christ and will be cast forever into the lake of fire which has been prepared for him and his angels.
(Isa. 14:10–17; Ezek. 28:11–19; Mt. 12:25–29, 25:41; Jn. 12:31, 16:11; Eph. 6:10–20; Col. 2:15; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; Rev. 12:7–9, 20:10)
Resting Place Foundational Commitment
Commitment 1: Moral Policy
For all RP staff and students: We recognize that external rules for behavior are not the highest ideal for any Christian community and we desire that our motivation for holiness would be out of love for Jesus and His people, not rules. In this spirit, we affirm the following: The Resting Place community expects all staff members (including RP staff and students), to make a personal commitment to live counter to the prevailing moral laxity of our society by not participating in, advocating, condoning, or supporting sexual activity(heterosexual, homosexual) outside of marriage between a man and a woman, as set forth and supported in Scripture, or the use of pornography. Further, we will demonstrate our commitment to Christ and to each other by refraining from the public or social use of tobacco, including but not limited to eCigs, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah (with or without tobacco), etc. and alcoholic beverages.
Commitment 2: Attendance Policy To benefit from the full scope of the teachings and materials we encourage everyone to complete the semester with 100% participation and attendance. However, we understand that emergencies do happen. In order to receive credit for each class, students must attend and complete at least 80% of the required classes and assignments. Any schedule conflicts need to be addressed with RP leadership by orientation.
The attendance policy is as follows:
EARLY DISMISSAL: Leaving class before it’s dismissed is an EARLY DISMISSAL.
LATE: The class start time is 5:30PM. If you arrive anytime between 5:35–6:00PM, you will be marked LATE. If you arrive after 6:00PM, it is considered an ABSENCE.
ABSENCE: Missing the entire class, arriving after 6:00PM, or any combination of three (3) LATES and/or EARLY DISMISSALS is equivalent to one (1) ABSENCE. To be marked present requires being in the classroom at the specified time. Students are responsible to get assignments for any class or portion of a class missed.
ABSENCE ALLOCATION: The specific number of absences allowed for each track is reviewed during orientation at the start of each semester. This includes ALL absences, whether or not they were communicated to RP leadership.
RP School of Ministry Semester Commitment
Please choose expected commitment. 1 track is equivalent to 2 days committment. If need be, your expected commitment can be amended up until the second Tuesday of the semester (Sept 24th). TIME: The School of Ministry begins at 5:30pm and goes to 10:00pm each Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. On
Wednesday, prayer room hours start at 4 pm, classes start at 6 pm.
Monday: Resting Place DNA
- Prophecy Track meets: Sunday + Monday
- Missions Track meets: Monday + Tuesday
- Worhsip Track meets: Monday + Wednesday
- Students can still participate in the School of Ministry for a single day commitment but to move forward for credit, classes will need to be made up in following semesters. Just choose "Single Track"
TIME: The School of Ministry begins at 5:30pm and goes to 10:00pm each Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, prayer room hours start at 4 pm, classes start at 6 pm. (Prayer room hours can be made up at any available time RP prayer room is open). Please note any times that you will consistently not be able to adhere to the hours correlating with the days of your commitment.
We understand that sometimes there are life events (e.g. weddings, funerals, family, etc.) that come up with plans that have been previously made or even unexpected. Although ALL absences count towards attendance, we welcome and encourage you to share those dates when you won’t be able to attend RP School of Ministry correlating with the days of your commitment.