Dr. Berin Gilfillan


Introduction to the vision behind ISOM through strategic multiplication.

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Watch, listen, and learn as Berin Gilfillan shows you how to mobilize to multiply.

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Brad Andres sits down with Dr. Berin Gilfillan to discuss the vision behind ISOM.

Course Overview

Embark on a transformative journey with Dr. Berin Gilfillan, the visionary behind the International School of Ministry (ISOM), in the course titled “Mobilize to Multiply.” This single-session exploration delves into the core principles of the International School of Ministry (ISOM), unraveling the essence of multiplication growth in the body of Christ. Dr. Gilfillan, a conduit of God’s wisdom, shares the profound insights from his book Unlocking the Abraham Promiseto reveal the foundational commandment and promise of multiplication, guiding believers towards a deeper understanding of their role in God’s Kingdom.

Join this course to witness the unveiling of the biblical principles that underpin ISOM. Gain clarity on God’s command to multiply (Genesis 1:28) and the profound promise to Abraham (Genesis 22:17). Through a meticulous exploration of five crucial areas, learn how the body of Christ can be mobilized for multiplication growth. Delve into the secrets of building God’s kingdom by sowing His Word, multiplying disciples, raising leaders, embracing the anointing, and reproducing churches.

Dr. Berin Gilfillan, drawing from a wealth of biblical knowledge, reveals the heart of ISOM. Understand the significance of sowing God’s Word, multiplying disciples obedient to the faith, and preparing leaders for the harvest fields. Explore the multiplication of anointing, mirroring the 7,000% increase experienced by Moses. Discover the role of the International Curriculum in empowering local churches to raise up disciples, leaders, and ministries.

This course transcends denominational boundaries, utilizing diverse ministry giftings to provide a holistic perspective. Dr. Gilfillan encourages students to approach ISOM with wisdom, ensuring a balanced interpretation of teachings. Embrace the vision of local churches evolving into schools of ministry, fostering a culture of multiplication. Take the challenge to “mobilize to multiply” and become a catalyst for transformative growth in your community and beyond.

Course Description

Explore the vision and principles behind the International School of Ministry (ISOM) with Dr. Berin Gilfillan, ISOM Founder and President This course provides a comprehensive understanding of biblical principles related to multiplication, with a focus on God’s commandment and promise. Gain insights into the five key areas God has promised to multiply, equipping church leaders to mobilize for growth. Discover the secrets of building the kingdom of God through the multiplication of God’s Word, disciples, leaders, anointing, and churches.

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand biblical principles concerning the International Curriculum.
  • Explore God’s commandment of multiplication (Genesis 1:28) and His promise to Abraham (Genesis 22:17).
  • Learn the secrets of building God’s kingdom through the multiplication of Word, disciples, leaders, anointing, and churches.
  • Discover the preparation of good seeds and the role of leaders in building the kingdom of God.
  • Explore the multiplication of anointing and its significance in the believer’s life.
  • Gain insights into the International Curriculum’s role in multiplying disciples, leaders, and churches.
  • Embrace the vision for local churches to become schools of ministry and reproduce after their kind.

Who Should Take This Course

  • Pastors and church leaders seeking to mobilize their congregations for multiplication growth.
  • Individuals passionate about understanding and implementing biblical principles for building the kingdom of God.
  • Those interested in the International Curriculum and its role in shaping leaders, disciples, and churches.

Note: The course emphasizes a balanced approach to ministry, encouraging students to apply teachings with wisdom and integrity.


1. Mobilize to Multiply

In this introduction session “Mobilize to Multiply,” guided by Dr. Berin Gilfillan, delve into the biblical foundations of the International Curriculum. Unveiling the command to multiply from Genesis 1:28 and God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 22:17, Dr. Gilfillan reveals the secrets to kingdom building. Explore five pivotal areas—multiplication of God’s Word, disciples, leaders, anointing, and churches—to empower leaders for exponential growth. From sowing God’s Word to nurturing disciples and preparing leaders, the curriculum unfolds strategic insights. With a diverse compilation of ministry giftings, it emphasizes a balanced approach for impactful ministry. Navigate the curriculum with discernment, seeking harmony between God’s Word and godly character, as you respond to the call to “mobilize to multiply.”

Trimester 3



No. of Sessions

1 Session

Running Time

17 min


October 13, 1995

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About the Instructor

Dr. Berin Gilfillan

Dr. Berin Gilfillan is a South African-born American minister, businessman, and author, is widely recognized as the visionary behind Good Shepherd Ministries, International (GSMI) and the groundbreaking International School of Ministry (ISOM).

Born a U.S. citizen through his mother, Dr. Gilfillan’s upbringing unfolded in the vibrant landscape of South Africa. After completing his education at Hilton College in Kwazulu, Natal, in 1979, he embarked on a transformative journey to the United States. In 1983, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Michigan, and soon after, pursued a Master’s degree in Communication from Regent University in Virginia Beach.

The pivotal chapter in Dr. Gilfillan’s life unfolded when he and his wife, Lisa, relocated to Frankfurt, Germany, to collaborate with renowned evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. From 1986 to 1989, as the Television Producer at Christ for all Nations (CfaN), Dr. Gilfillan played a key role in producing documentaries and managing the technical aspects of major conferences across Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Following his impactful tenure with Reinhard Bonnke, Dr. Gilfillan returned to the U.S. to pursue theological studies at Fuller Theological Seminary from 1990 to 1991 under the mentorship of Dr. C. Peter Wagner. It was during this period that he founded Good Shepherd Ministries, International (GSMI), leading his family on a two-year missionary journey to Nigeria, where they established numerous video Bible schools and a lasting preschool.

From 1994 to 2000, GSMI produced the foundational ISOM Core material, featuring teachings from influential figures like Joyce Meyer, T.L. Osborn, and Reinhard Bonnke. Simultaneously, Dr. Gilfillan served as the Children’s Pastor at Cottonwood Church, overseeing spiritual development for over 1,200 children.

In 2005, Dr. Gilfillan co-created YouthBytes, a curriculum for teens, with Chad Daniel. Subsequently, he earned a Doctor of Ministry from Vision International University in 2006, focusing on multiplication growth in the Global Church, as outlined in his book Unlocking the Abraham Promise. His recent book Pursuing Maturity, he shares his experience with ISOM mentoring and discipleship in the journey towards maturity.

Currently splitting his time between Redlands, California and Kissimmee, Florida, Dr. Gilfillan spearheads GSMI with a dedicated team, producing diverse video training productions for pastors and churches globally. Notably, GSMI’s portfolio includes specialized curricula like WOW (Women’s curriculum), Marketplace Module (Business curriculum), and CDBoks (Community Development program).

As Dr. Gilfillan continues to lead missions trips and develop new content for the global Church, he remains deeply rooted in his commitment to education and ministry. Beyond his professional pursuits, he finds joy in spending time with his grandchildren Liliana, Ari, and Maya.


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