TEN WEEKS that will

Absolutely Change Your Life!

Classes are held each Winter,
Beginning January.

Spend 10 dynamic weeks in Biblical studies to maximize your leadership potential and develop your faith.


300 hour Ministry Training School, you will receive a diploma, qualifying you to be an “Able Minister” of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, ready to help and heal the hurting, to share and bless those around you.

  • Ten dynamic weeks to refuel your vision.
  • To know God and fulfill His plan in your life.
  • Fresh ideas and inspiration for ministering on the job, in your home, your church and community.
  • Discover your God-given ministry gifts.
  • Innovative strategies for local and foreign missions.
  • Personal ministry and impartation by the Holy Spirit.
  • Biblical studies to maximize your leadership potential.

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Enrollment is now open for the next session of the Institute of Ministry beginning January 20, 2020 to March 27, 2020


Designed to equip students to maximize ministry potential in their church, mission field & market place.


The Institute of Ministry Alumni Association provides resources and connections with the global IOM community.

our Leadership Team

Dr. Gerald Derstine


Dr. Gerald Derstine, founder of the I.O.M., is a featured teacher;  his teaching includes: Supernatural Living, The Holy Spirit, and Faith Dynamics, Kingdom Living, as well as current up-dates on the church in Israel & the Middle East.

Pastor Phil Derstine


Dr. Derstine is Pastor of  The Family Church at Christian Retreat.  Pastor Phil teaches from a heart of mobilizing the Church onto the harvest with subjects such as Evangelism that Works and Releasing the Power within you.  He will set your heart on fire to “GO”.

Laura Upleger


student testimonials

Over 6000 Graduates Since 1975

Come expecting that the I.O.M. will be a life-changing experience for you. The Bible will “come alive,” as you are encouraged not only to hear the Word, but to do the Word. Prominent Bible teachers will share their knowledge and experience on subjects designed to challenge, stimulate and fulfill your yearning to be all that God wants you to be – “a living sacrifice.”

111th Institute of Ministry Class

He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life

II Corinthians 3:6

Get in touch


1200 Glory Way Blvd
Bradenton, FL  34212

Contact Us

Phone : + 1 941-746-2882

Email :  iom@christianretreat.org

Our Hours

MON-FRI  8:00 am 5:00 pm

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