Dr Bill Giovannetti
Founder of Veritas School of Biblical Ministry
 

Enjoy Online Theological Training as You Grow Deeper in God's Grace and Wider In Your Impact for the Gospel

Veritas is the only seminary designed for lay-volunteers to equip you to become a high-impact leader in your community and church.
As a volunteer leader or worker in your church, you may not feel fully equipped. Now, whether you are preparing Bible lessons for hundreds of adults, leading a medium-size youth group, hosting a small group, or simply sharing God's Word with a handful of children, with Veritas, you can propel your impact for Christ and the Gospel beyond what you ever dreamed.
  • BE CONFIDENT IN INTERPRETING SCRIPTURE FOR YOURSELF
  • RECEIVE PERSONAL ONE-ON-ONE COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR PROF
  • WORK AT YOUR OWN PACE ON YOUR PHONE OR LAPTOP, WHILE YOU WORKOUT, DRIVE, OR DRINK YOUR MORNING COFFEE
  • ENJOY A NO-STRESS APPROACH WHERE IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LEARNING AND NOT ABOUT GRADES OR (OPTIONAL) HOMEWORK
  • BECOME A BETTER SPEAKER
  • AFFIRM YOUR CALLING WITH A MASTER OF MINISTRY CERTIFICATION
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Hi, I'm Bill Giovannetti,
Founder of Veritas School of Biblical Ministry...
I love God. I love God's Word. I love the people of God. And I love to see lay-people, everyday Christians, get excited about serving Christ and the Gospel with new-found effectiveness and power. 
  • I have pastored 10s of thousands of people in 3 churches over 40+ years. My current church is 3,000 people strong. 
  • I believe the Bible is inerrant and authoritative and have learned how to make its deepest teachings crystal clear. 
  • I have my doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min.) and my masters from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div.)
  • I have been teaching as a professor for over 22 years at Trinity International University, Simpson University, and A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary (current). 
  • I am the author of over 27 books and magazines on topics ranging from Christian living to commentaries to theology. 
  • God has used me in evangelism to see over 8,700 people make professions of faith in Jesus, just in my current ministry! 
I am passionate about multiplying lay-leaders in the church, just like you. Let's go! Let's be fully equipped and armed for Christ and the Gospel in these dark days. 
Dr. Bill Giovannetti
Pastor | Professor | Author
Enjoy a BIGGER impact for Christ and the Gospel.
Gain a BETTER skills to interpret and teach the Bible.
Find a DEEPER relationship with God .
How will you feel a short time from now when a friend asks a spiritual question, and your answer displays a wisdom that surprises even yourself? 
Here's What You'll Gain Access to When You Become a Student of VSBM

16 self-paced courses to help you decipher God's word for yourself like never before. From foundational understandings, to advanced theology, you'll learn alongside other everyday Christians as you deepen your faith and expand your knowledge.

A Master of Ministry Certification to prove to yourself, and others the depth of your commitment to serve Christ and His gospel. Be equipped with seminary-level learnings at a fraction of the cost or time commitment.

Private chat portal access with a direct line to your professor/coach. Get answers when you need them from a caring pastor and expert in ministry, with decades of teaching experience in churches and universities and a lifetime of theological study. 

Graduate-school level instruction from a seasoned biblical professor, designed for busy people who are not yet in full-time ministry. With realistic requirements for reading, homework, and grades, you can grow in your bible knowledge without sacrificing your life, career or family.

Student Social Wall to help you discuss, process, and learn from fellow students just like you. Explore theological and important life issues in a safe place, free from judgment.

Flexibility in your learning with live, on-demand, and optional in-person teaching sessions. Study in your own time, or join us for powerful live teaching and Q&A to help you grow deeper and connect with fellow students.

Plus, you'll create powerful relationships with like-minded, lifelong learners of God's Word as you explore faith and ministry together.
Join a Tribe of Everyday Bible Scholars...
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"All I can say is, wow! I am excited to learn these tools to systematically interpret parts of the Bible! Even just researching the meaning of one word is going to open my eyes and heart to so much." ~Amanda W.

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"Meditating on what was taught last night, the nerd in me was awakened and I am loving every minute of it!" ~Tom P.

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"From Inspiration to Inerrancy and Text Criticism, my mind is seeping in the new knowledge. What a blissful place to be, I am hungry for more! Looking forward to diving in again this evening." ~Sam K.

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"Great job with all the content and the presentation." ~Charlene S.

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"I am just a little bit giddy, like a freshman who got an invite to the senior prom!" ~Heather K.

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"I want to thank you for your teaching style, and the class!! I look forward to the next class. Addiction!" ~Kevin S.
 
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"I am excited to start this program. I leave in January 2022 to do Muslim ministry in the southern Philippines. I am excited to grow and learn.." ~ Michael
The Master of Ministry Certification
Start Any Time.
Jump in whenever it works for you. 
Learn at your own pace. Study at a schedule that works for you.
No deadlines. No pressure. No wasted classes. It's all about the learning. 
Semester One
  • 101 BASICS // Prerequisites. Lay a solid foundation for a lifetime of service and growth with this powerful course for all who feel rusty, or are brand new to the study of theology.
  • 110 BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION (HERMENEUTICS) // Discover the proven process and tools biblical scholars use to correctly interpret Scripture. Spend time in a Christian University library (actual or virtual), and master the art of research as you dig into the Bible.
  • 112 SOTERIOLOGY // Study the Cross and its meaning, and go deeper on topics such as justification, redemption, propitiation, regeneration, atonement, and expiation in this class. We'll take a closer look and what is and isn't the Gospel so you can know for yourself.
  • 114 OVERVIEW OF SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY // Gain a powerful understanding of the key doctrines of systematic theology, including Anthropology, Hamartiology, Eschatology, and Christology. Explore the nature and varieties of these theological constructs and more. This is how all the Bible fits together!
  • 116 CRAFTING MESSAGES AND SERMONS // The art and science of moving from hermeneutics to a well-crafted talk, while always showing the relation to the text. Gain useful tools that will serve you for life, even if you don't have a desire to grow as a preacher.
  • 118 SERVICE PROJECT - VOLUNTEERING  // Embark on 12 powerful weeks of volunteer service at a local church or other ministry to put your learning into practice, and build your hands-on ministry skills and experience.
Semester Two
  • 210 THEOLOGY PROPER (THE DOCTRINE OF GOD) // Understand the doctrine of the Trinity in a new light, as you explore the attributes, nature, and names of God and more.
  • 212 BIBLE SURVEY // Gain a complete understanding of the 66 canonical books of the Old and New Testaments. Learn the setting, themes, and issues inside each section of Scripture, and the special relationship between the Old and New.
  • 214 SANCTIFICATION (THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE) // Discover the theology of how God changes lives through his grace, and develop your own ability to articulate the role of the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives. Go deeper with a dedicated unit on spiritual gifts for Christian service.
  • 216 DELIVERING MESSAGES AND SERMONS // Gain hacks from an experienced preacher that will help you become a better public speaker. Enjoy hands-on learning with a short practice talk on video;
  • 218 SERVICE PROJECT - TEACHING // Put your learning into practice with 12 sessions crafting and teaching Bible lessons to small groups of any age - from youth groups, to children's ministry, to other organizations.
Semester Three
  • 310 APOLOGETICS // Master the art, science, and lifestyle of making the case for Christianity. Develop much-needed tools to defend the authority of Scripture and the Christian worldview.
  • 312 INTRO TO CHRISTIAN HISTORY AND AMERICA'S GREAT AWAKENINGS // Study the story of Christianity, emphasizing key figures in America's history, and going deeper into America's Three Great Awakenings.
  • 314 EVANGELISM // Learn the methods of integrating evangelism into life and ministry. Access training in personal evangelism and witness, mobilizing a church or group for evangelism and keeping the Gospel clear. Plus, explore the powerful relationship between evangelism and social ministry.
  • 316 PRINCIPLES OF PASTORING // Discover the beautiful art of shepherding souls, with a basic introduction to pastoral ministry, plus the basics of counselling, referring, officiating at weddings and funerals, and more.
  • 318 SERVICE PROJECT - LEADING // Put your leadership knowledge into action with a hands-on service project as you lead leaders for at least 12 weeks.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly interpreting the Word of Truth.
(2 Timothy 2:15)
Not a Pastor? Not a Problem!

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"If you are interested in learning an effective systematic way to dive deeper into the Bible with confidence, start here." ~Dave M., congressional aide.

"My excitement about studying the Bible has been elevated to a new level!" ~Dale P., elementary teacher

"Step above your fears and excuses, if I can do this, so can you!" ~Coretta Z., medical doctor

"Amazing. Better than I could have imagined, because I feel like I actually understand. I enrolled in Veritas to help me become a more confident and better leader in the High School Ministry..." ~Sheila P., homemaker, high school leader

"I have learned a ton in a very short time.. In the very first class I knew it was a great idea that I had enrolled..." ~Nate C., college student
 
I just signed up today...and I know undoubtedly that this is what my spirit, heart and soul needs. God is so amazing - I am filled with joy as He reminded me that: "For in Him we live and move and exist [that is, in Him we actually have our being], as even some of your own poets have said , 'For we also are His children.'" (Acts17:28 Amplified) ~Audray, homemaker

If You're a Dedicated Christian at Any Stage in Your Spiritual Journey, Veritas is for You

No matter which of these stages you resonate with most...
I am a beginner as a Christian and I want to lay a strong foundation for my faith.
 
 
 
I know a lot about the Bible, but I'd love some help putting it all together.

I am serving as a ministry volunteer and I'd like to be a better teacher of God's Word.

I am a pastor, church leader, or author and want to reach new levels of effectiveness.

Or something in between... you can gain seminary-level training to strengthen your spiritual journey and faith right now.
No prior knowledge, ministry experience or Bachelor's Degree required.
Designed for Anyone Longing to go Deeper in Faith & Wider in Impact...
Small group leaders
Women's ministries
Elders and deacons
Pastors
Counselors
Homeschool parents
Trades workers
Life coaches
Second Career Pastors 
Youth ministry volunteers
Camp counselors
Bible study teachers
Lay leaders
Teachers
Parents & Grandparents
Homeschool students
Apologetics workers
Youth or Children's Pastors
 
Men's groups
Worship leaders
Everyday believers
Stephen's ministers
Ministry staff
College students
Ministry volunteers
Campus ministry
Students

 

Whether you see yourself above, or are simply looking for a space to explore and grow your theological knowledge, this program was created for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are scholarships or discounts available?
Unfortunately we don't offer scholarships, as we believe every student needs skin in the game to help them succeed. However, we have arranged certain discounts (one per student, subject to verification and change).

  • Married Couples - 50% off your spouse's tuition (one discount per couple) -- discount remains as long as both remain enrolled. One spouses uses this code, and the other spouse can use another code! 
    ENTER CODE: SPOUSE50-19
  • Vocational Clergy, or those working through licensing or ordination - 20% off tuition.
    ENTER CODE: CLERGY20-19
  • Volunteer Leaders and Ministry Leaders at Pathway Church, Redding, CA, $8 off monthly tuition
    ENTER CODE: PATHWAY8-21
  • Official Partners (Members) at Pathway Church, Redding, CA. You went through the Partnership Class, met with our Board Members, and have attended regularly during the last 6 months - $10 off monthly tuition 
    ENTER CODE: GRACE10-21
  • Immediate family member living under the same roof (or away at college): 50% off Enrollment while both remain enrolled:
    ENTER CODE: FAMILY50-19


To apply these discounts, please enter the relevant code at the time of ENROLLMENT. 

THIS WILL LOCK IN YOUR DISCOUNT FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR ENROLLMENT!

You will be asked to verify how and why you qualify for a particular discount code. Only one code per enrollment.  

Do I need a Bachelor's Degree to enroll?
No, there is no prior study required. However, these classes are taught at a Master's degree level, so a decent understanding of reading and writing is helpful. The 101 Basics Course is a great place to start, and will give you a benchmark for the remainder of the program.

You do need to be 16 or older to enroll.

What are the prerequisites?
The only prerequisites are a basic knowledge of Scripture and a motivation to grow and learn. 

A PREREQUISITES course is included in the program. 

As soon as you enroll, you gain access to the prerequisites course. This will enable you to brush up on theology and Scripture if you're rusty or if you're new to these studies. 
Can I get a refund?
We understand that circumstances change, and you may not be able to continue studying for whatever reason.
 
This is why we offer a full month free inside the program when you join, so you can see for yourself if the course is right for you without being charged a cent.
 
We even send you an email reminder BEFORE your card is ever charged. 
 
After that month, you may withdraw at any time, and your card will not be billed for the next billing cycle. 
 
Withdrawing is a hassle-free one step process at veritasschool.life/withdraw
How much time will each class take?
Most classes will include sessions on one weekend, plus a Friday and/or Monday-Tuesday.

Sample Schedule for One Class

Friday -- 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday -- 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday -- 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday -- 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

*schedule may vary

Four Classes Per Year, offered quarterly, plus a growing library of previously-taught Classes On Demand.
What happens if I withdraw early?
There is no penalty and no additional cost for withdrawing at any time.

If you have completed 1 semester, you will receive a Certificate of Ministry Training. 

If you have completed 2 semesters, you will receive a Certificate of Ministry Leadership. 

If you have completed 3 semesters, you will receive a Master of Ministry certification.
Do you give grades?
Our goal is equipping and informing, not adding pressure to your life. 

Here is our grading system: 

PASS (Credit)
PASS (Audit)
INCOMPLETE (Credit)
INCOMPLETE (Audit)

Incompletes may be completed by attending all missing lectures and turning in missing assignments within 9 months of the class start date. 
How long does each class take?
The courses in our Master of Ministry certification program are offered quarterly (every three months). You are offered readings and assignments ahead of time, and then assignments afterwards to complete each course. 

Live lectures are 2-3 hours per session, and 4-6 sessions per class. 

THERE ARE NO DEADLINES. You can work at your own pace.

In between each class, we offer and OPTIONAL Mini Course (such as 115 Providence) or Webinar (Such as Eternal Security). 

You can stay as busy or as relaxed as needed to thrive in our program. It's always up to you!
What do you believe?
The staff, faculty, and teachings of VSBM are conservative and evangelical in theology and life. We believe the Bible, interpreted according to grammatical-historical methodology, is the supreme authority for faith and life. 

We also see God's Amazing Grace as the centerpiece of Scripture and Theology. 

  • The heart of Scripture is Christ. 
  • The heart of Christ is Grace. 
  • The heart of Grace is the Cross. 

We affirm the doctrinal statement of the Christian & Missionary Alliance, and fully endorse the Chicago Statements on Biblical Inerrancy and Hermeneutics.
 
Is Veritas "woke"? No.
Is Veritas into "social justice"? No. We believe in "social ministry" but we stand against the current movement of "social justice."
Is Veritas into Liberation Theology. No
Is Veritas political? No. But we do speak to moral issues affecting society and on occasion politics.
How long will it take me to complete my Master of Ministry certification program?
The Master of Ministry certification will take about 2-3 years. You can complete it faster if you like. Each year offers 4 classes plus one service project, for a total of 12 classes and 3 service projects.
Do I have to come to California?
No. 
Classes will be offered live (when permissible) at Pathway Church in California, and you are welcome to attend. 
You are also welcome to attend via the online portal. You will be able to ask questions, and to see the classroom and professor. You will also have access to all downloads and materials.
Please login to each session early to leave time to troubleshoot technical issues.
Is Veritas School of Biblical Ministry accredited?
No. We are not accredited and we do not offer a degree.
 
But these are the same classes that have been taught for over 25 years by Dr. Bill Giovannetti at seminary and university in two states. The goal is that you get equipped for greater, deeper, broader ministry effectiveness than ever before -- for Christ and His Gospel!

We are working on a partnership with A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and you "may" receive credit there for an additional fee. 

Details coming soon. 
Will I study Hebrew and Greek?
We offer course 401 STARTING BIBLICAL GREEK as an extra add-on to our program. This is entirely optional. It's a kinder, gentler way of learning New Testament Greek.

At this point, we are not offering Hebrew classes, though students may cross-register with A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary for Hebrew. 
Do I have to take tests and turn in homework?
Our goal is to expose as many students as possible to in-depth equipping and teaching in handling God's Word and leading God's church.

Homework is required for the Master of Ministry degree.

Homework is NOT required, however, if you simply want to audit the program. 

Once you begin a course, all work must be submitted within 9 months to obtain credit for that course. 

Auditors will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. 
How do the SERVICE PROJECTS work?
The Master of Ministry program includes 3 Service Projects, in volunteering, teaching, and leading. 

If you are already participating in these activities in your church or any other ministry setting, great! You can count that experience to satisfy this requirement. 

If you're not already serving in these ways, your Service Project is a great reason to get started. 

Details will be given during your program of study. 
You CAN Do this!
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
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Your enrollment gives you full access to our growing selection of courses, live events, and webinars as well as to our community of like-minded believers.
We love theological beginners!
Our 101 THE BASICS course is the perfect place for you to start.
  • Enjoy a self-paced, comprehensive course on the basics of Christianity through a combination of videos, downloads, and readings.
  • Discover non-negotiable Four Milestones of Spiritual Growth.
  • Download 8 free booklets in our exclusive Grace Pathway series. The books are yours to keep forever whether you remain enrolled or not.
  • Grow confident in the basic truths of Christian faith, including the way of salvation, the believer's security, the Trinity and the nature of God, basic theology, spiritual gifts, and more.
  • Complete this entire course during your free trial if you so desire. You are then ready to move on to ALL our Master of Ministry Courses.
  • Enjoy direct access to your professors for questions about faith and life.
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You're in the right place to become confident in interpreting the Bible for yourself. 
Our 112 SALVATION course and our 114 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY course are the perfect place for you to start.
  • Lay a foundation in this a self-paced, inspiring course on the nature of salvation and the work of Christ through a combination of videos, downloads, and readings.
  • Put together your scraps of Bible into a coherent whole through the a kinder, gentler study of Systematic Theology.
  • Gain instant access to all our courses, start with these, and then keep going!
  • Complete this entire 112 SALVATION course during your free trial if you so desire. You can then move on to ALL our Master of Ministry Courses.
  • Enjoy direct access to your professors for questions about faith and life.
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We can coach you, equip you, and instruct you as God brings you to higher levels of service for Christ and his Gospel.
Our 110 BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION course and our 118 CRAFTING MESSAGES & TALKS course are the perfect place for you to start.
  • Learn the skills to access Greek and Hebrew resources when studying the Bible for yourself.
  • Join ongoing Bible studies like our studies in Ruth, Eternal Security, Prayer, and more – always at your pace and schedule.
  • Practice using a Christian college library to deepen your Bible study skills with our exclusive treasure-hunt style worksheets.
  • Learn a powerful process to move from Bible study to Bible communication that informs minds, touches hearts, and changes lives. 
  • Enjoy direct access to your professors for questions about faith and life.
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We can help you grow and deeper your ministry skills and go deeper into theology and Scripture. 
Our 210 THEOLOGY PROPER course and our 212 BIBLE SURVEY course are the perfect place for you to start.
  • Study the nature of the Trinity and the attributes of God.
  • Learn how the names of God help reveal his character.
  • Examine the main themes of every book of the Bible. 
  • Learn a powerful process to move from Bible study to Bible communication that informs minds, touches hearts, and changes lives. 
  • Understand how the Old and New Testaments fit together to reveal God and his plan for the ages.
  • Enjoy direct access to a megachurch pastor who has also planted churches and authored and published over 20 books... for personal mentoring as you further your ministry goals.
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Too much? 
Get Immediate Access to 4 Foundational Courses for a 1-time tuition payment.
Veritas offers 3 series of courses, 100 Level, 200 Level, and 300 Level. In this New Years Opportunity you'll receive all of our 100 Level main courses and have complete access for 12 months. (Courses are listed below.)
  • No pressure or deadlines. 
  • Designed and communicated for lay-people without sacrificing depth. 
  • Readings and writings are assigned, but are always optional. 
  • Online courses with personal Q&A through direct chat with your professor.
  • No grades. 
  • Enter a real seminary classroom and deepen your relationship with God.
Typical Seminary
$16,500.00
Veritas Standard Tuition
$1,764.00
Veritas Discounted
$1,008.00
Special Tuition
– $387.00
You will receive immediate access to all these courses for a year.
Each course includes:  syllabus, videos, downloadable lecture notes, progress tracking, direct chat with your professor, social wall for community, and more. Homework is optional. No grades. No pressure. Work at your own pace. 
110 BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION (Hermeneutics)

The processes and tools of correctly interpreting Scripture. Students enjoy a "guided treasure hunt"  in a Christian University library practicing the correct use of research tools... AND/OR discovering online resources to do the same.

112 SALVATION (Soteriology)

This course focuses on the doctrines related to salvation, including the sufferings and death of Christ, the importance of the resurrection, redemption accomplished and applied, and the doctrines pertaining to reconciliation. This course also incldues a unit on Christology, the person and work of Christ.

114 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY
This course offers an overview of the main topics of Systematic Theology as the building blocks of our understanding of Scripture. Topics include: Pneumatology, Anthropology, Angelology, Eschatology, and the Eternal State. (The remaining topics – Theology Proper, the Trinity, Bibliology, Christology, Soteriology, Sanctification, and Ecclesiology – are taught in other Veritas Courses.)
116 CRAFTING MESSAGES & SERMONS
This course focuses on the art and science of crafting messages and sermons that are scripturally sound, theologically rich, personally authentic, and genuinely transformative for our listeners. We will demystify the process of crafting a logical and coherent sermon or talk. And we will study the process of moving from the scriptural text to the structure of our talks, examine some of the great preachers of history, and highlight the importance of expository preaching. [Note please there is no public speaking assigned in this class. There is a companion course, 216 Delivering Messages and Sermons,  in Series Two]
118 SERVICE PROJECT
Put your learning to work by volunteering in your church or other ministry setting
Plus... some surprise bonuses!
There will never be a better time to start deepening your relationship with God.