The Certificate In Ministerial Studies (CIMS) is a curriculum developed by the School of Ministry, consisting of 20 courses, offering 35 CIMS credits, to prepare ministers and laity for relevant ministry. The CIMS curriculum is comprised of 490, 30-minute video lessons presented by outstanding leaders and teachers in the Church of God. Textbooks and study guides assist the student to learn and apply the video lessons. These courses are in three areas of study—Biblical, doctrinal, and pastoral studies. A CIMS Achievement Award is given at the completion of each section and at the completion of the entire CIMS curriculum.