Kitsap county is among the least-churched counties in the United States. As Peter Voorhees, lead pastor of Calvary Chapel of Silverdale, prayed about how the gospel might be shared throughout the area, there grew within him a desire to see churches planted in different communities throughout the county; but with the desire to see churches planted came the need to train people to lead and pastor those churches. Thus began conversations on how to equip every day people in order to serve their churches.
Pastor Voorhees consulted various church leaders and educators in order to get their input on how this might become a reality. After assembling a board which consists of teachers and educational administrators in early 2015, the Kitsap School of Ministry began to take shape. In addition to training pastors to lead church plants, the board saw a need for lay leaders to be trained up in order to serve in the wide range of ministries that are needed in the community. With an expanded vision, nearly two years of planning, researching curriculum, and a great deal of work and prayer culminated in the launch of the Calvary Chapel School of Ministry in the fall of 2016.
After one year of classroom time with students from Calvary Chapel of Silverdale, it became the desire for the CC School of Ministry to bring in students from other churches in order to train and equip them to go out and serve their own bodies. The CC School of Ministry was re-branded as the Kitsap School of Ministry (KSM) in the summer of 2017 in order to open its doors to a wider range of students from different congregations and backgrounds. Please pray that God will continue to lead the instructors, the board, and the students of the KSM in order to be effective bearers of the gospel, and that Kitsap county would be changed by the love and compassion of Christ.