DSEL classes are not your traditional school experience. These classes are filled with people who are passionate for God, their calling, and a desire to grow in their leadership and understanding. Our classes are not simply talking heads, but facilitated discussions with group learning.

The DSEL Leadership Track is designed to build and equip  emerging leaders for pastoral ministry  by offering biblical education with leadership development, ministry experience and coaching, and pathways to release leaders in their God given callings around the world!

Class Schedule

Monday's from 6-8pm
Discovery Church, 7103 White Lane, Bakersfield CA

Tuition & Fees

Receive great education and hands-on ministry training for

New Student Enrollment Fee      $30
One-time fee for all students

Tuition Down Payment                     $250
First class and leadership workshop resources

Monthly Tuition                                        $75/month (10 months)
Includes textbooks

Total Cost         $1030

Leadership Education and Development

Leadership Track students will attend monthly leadership workshops and sessions lead by Pastor Jason Hanash and other guest speakers. Students will grow both spiritually and in their leadership through these sessions. All Leadership Track students will be assigned to a coach/mentor for guidance and evaluation throughout the program.


Ministry Experience and Training

Leadership Track students will serve in a desired department to learn and grow in all aspects of servanthood. 
Departments are as follows:

  • Kids Ministry (k-5)
  • Student Ministry (6-12 grd)
  • Worship Ministry
  • First Impressions
  • Production and Media
  • Discovery Mission Center
  • Discovery Groups


Release Pathways

At the end of the program, most Leadership Track students will have the opportunity to serve as a leader, director, or pastor at various locations in the Discovery Network. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Discovery Church SW Bakersfield
  • Discovery Espanol
  • Discover Camarillo
  • Discovery NW Bakersfield
  • Discovery Indian
  • Discovery Mission Center
  • Future Network Campuses



  • Application for Enrollment
  • Attend the DSEL Orientation
  • Monthly Leadership Development Sessions (1st Saturday of the month 10am-2pm
  • Serve on the Dream Team at Discovery Church
  • Demonstrate the willingness and character to lead in ministry


Track Length

DSEL Leadership Track is a one year commitment, with semester breaks. The program will operate within Discovery’s seasonal ministry framework.


DSEL Graduation & Ordination

Students who successfully complete program requirements will participate in a Graduation ceremony at the end of the program and receive Certificate of Completion and a celebration to follow. Pastoral Ordinations are granted only to those serving in pastoral level ministry in the Discovery Network. Graduating students will become leaders, directors, or pastors, depending on their specific calling and experience.