If you aim at nothing you will be sure to hit it!
Many churches aim at nothing and so they ensure they hit it. Or some churches aim at everything and fail and so fail to hit anything.
The Bible instructs us to concentrate on one main thing: Equipping others for ministry. Paul instructed Timothy :
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
The Lord Jesus Christ has called us and commissioned us to make disciples of all nations.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
All Christians should be growing in their spiritual maturity and in their capacity for ministry. Ministry maturity and development could be considered like a funnel.
Churches should provide local church ministry based training and development programs to assist believers to achieve their ministry potential in the local church.
Church based Training in the Local Church Context
Church based Training involves the formalised approval of people as suitable, and available for ministries within independent autonomous churches. We recognise some among us have met certain requirements, that they have the appropriate qualifications and credentials for local church ministries in which they may already be participants.
The local church or fellowship or association of churches has the right to maintain its own standards for ministry of its members and member churches.
It is necessary for a church or group of churches to show that they have endeavoured to maintain the standards of those with whom they permit affiliation.
Has a church endeavoured to make their church a safe place?
Has an association of churches endeavoured to make their associated churches safe places?
While recognising the complete autonomy and independence of the local church, and recognising that local churches may not have the capacity to provide specialised content for the training of their church members for local church ministry, I have put together a program that allows local churches to participate in the training of their local church members whilst providing specialised content and at-a-distance assessment of the learning programs of the individual members participating in this training program.
I have provided suitable online content modules for training of church members for
1. Safe Ministry training
2. Scripture in Schools training
3. Elementary youth leadership training
4. Elementary eldership training.
I have also made available online modules for ongoing pastoral and chaplaincy education.
It is necessary that local church online Local Church based Training education be supervised by the local church pastor of each member participating in this education program.
Practical skills training supervised and coordinated by the local church leadership is much more important for Local Church based Training than online education.
Online education, however, can help to meet some content areas necessary for progressive growth for the student. Grading of work at a distance from the local church allows an impartiality that a local church may not be able to provide.
Steve has taught Bible College courses at Certificate IV level and Diploma levels for those wanting to be equipped for working in churches. Each church should develop a basic theological education in Bible, evangelism, theology, pastoral care, preaching and apologetics.
Students learn how to present lessons, how to preach and teach, and how to share with others about their faith.
Students read the whole Bible through in a year, and will become familiar with the background and history that surrounds the Bible.
A further series of studies can be undertaken online or in conjunction with the Learn2lead course.
ONLINE LOCAL CHURCH LOCAL CHURCH BASED TRAINING PLAN
- There are 12 units in this online Local Church based Training Program
- This Local Church based Training Program requires that you develop some practical ministry skills within the context of your local church and under the supervision of your pastor or other qualified elder.
- This Local Church based Training Program requires that you have a language, literacy and numeracy ability level that will enable you to both complete the training, and carry out your role in ministry.
- This Local Church based Training Program takes about 500 hours to complete. During this training students will have access to our online resources. All assignments will be able to be completed from our online resources. If you wish, you may buy physical copies of the online resources for easier reading.
- There are three parts to the Local Church based Training Program:
- You will need to register for this Local Church based Training Program by filling out with your pastor or supervisor a contract that will permit you to be engaged in the pastoral work of your local congregation. It will be necessary for you to have completed the Working With Children Check, and have a WWCC number. You will also need to have completed your denomination’s Safe Ministry Training course.
- During this Local Church based Training Program you will read the training support material and submit assessments weekly.
- You will meet regularly with your pastor for discussion and assessment.
- This Local Church based Training Program requires that you carry out some assigned assessment work with real people or students. You will do this under the guidance of your senior pastor who has responsibility to your local church as his employer. You are undertaking supervised ministry work. These small projects involve skills that are part of the normal everyday role of the church worker. You will need to get permission from your Ministry Supervisor (senior pastor) about the most suitable way he may supervise your practical ministry Local Church based Training Program. Work closely with your pastor in each of the practical ministry tasks such as leading a small group, mentoring and discipling a person or group, teaching roles with children and youth, public Bible readings, public speaking engagements such as coffee mornings or men’s breakfasts, and preaching tasks.
- The skills checklist assesses a range of skills in this Local Church based Training Program. You will need to get your Ministry Supervisor to sign you off on those skills once he is satisfied that you are competent. You are provided with instructions regarding the completion of a skills checklist.
- By the time you complete this Local Church based Training Program you should have a very clear understanding of the role of a church worker, an effective working knowledge of various aspects of the Bible and other associated knowledge areas. You will be able to meet the diverse needs of people you will supervise in a range of different church contexts. You will also have good processes for evaluating your practice, recording and reporting, and taking care of yourself.
- Skills Checklist Local Church based Training Program
|New Testament 1||Gospels and Acts|
|New Testament 2||Epistles and Revelation|
|Old Testament 1||Genesis – Job|
|Old Testament 2||Psalms – Malachi|
|Theology||Biblical and Systematic Theology|
|Spiritual Formation||Develop Work Priorities|
|Church History||Early Church and Reformation eras|
|Discipleship / Small group||Mentoring and small group ministry|
|Preaching / teaching||Make a Presentation|
|Spiritual Formation||Personal Discipleship|
|Pastoral Leadership||Big Issues|
|Evangelism||Share the Gospel in a variety of Situations|
|Local Church based Training|
- Cohorts: As this Local Church based Training course is designed to be conducted in conjunction with your local church pastor or supervisor, some churches may be able to hold group sessions regularly to review materials together. Sometimes churches will choose to emphasise their own denominational distinctives within the course material. Sometimes pastors may feel obliged to correct content material according to their denominational or personal convictions. Regular group or mentoring meetings may be suitable. Each pastor has access to the online resources provided for each enrolled student in this Local Church based Training program.
- Students may progress through each unit at their own pace. Students may choose units to complete.
- Full Local Church based Training certification for this course may only be given upon completion of the entire course.
- File of support material for all units
- Additional readings
- Assessment documents
- Conferencing support
LEARNING PLANS FOR EACH UNIT
|Unit||Content and Reading Guide|
|New Testament 1||Read Gospels and Acts |
Read An Introduction to the New Testament
Read Bruce, F.F. The New Testament Documents
Read through the entire Bible in a year,
reading 5 chapters each day
|New Testament 2||Read Epistles and Revelation |
Read CK Barret Paul
|Old Testament 1||Read Genesis – Job |
Read Dever, M. The Message of the Old Testament,
Read Chan, F. Multiply
Read Dr. Constable’s Notes
|Old Testament 2||Read Psalms – Malachi |
Read The Message of the Old Testament
Read Dr. Constable’s Notes
|Theology||Biblical Theology |
Read Ladd, G.E. A Theology of the New Testament
Read Berkhof’s Summary of Christian Doctrine or
Berkhof’s Systematic Theology.
Ryrie, C. Basic Theology
Read Towns, E. What The Faith Is All About
Packer, J.I. A Concise Theology, Knowing God
|Spiritual Formation||Read Warren, R. Purpose Driven Life|
|Church History||Chadwick, H. The Church in Ancient Society |
D’Aubigne, M. The Reformation
|Discipleship / Small group||Read Chan, F. Multiply |
Read Osborne, L. Sticky Church
Eims, L. The Lost Art of Disciplemaking
Memorise the Topical Memory System (TMS)
Complete Design for Discipleship by Navigators.
|Preaching / teaching||Read Grose, S. Make A Presentation Preaching Course |
SRE Teaching modules
|Worldview||Read Mohler, A. Armed for Battle |
Geisler An Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
|Pastoral Leadership||Read Dever, M. 9 Marks |
Hawkins, O. The Pastors Primer
Local Church based Training awards a non accredited certificate which is given for each unit after successful completion of each unit’s set of short answer assignments or a positive assessment of each practical ministry requirement. The short answer assignments are emailed to the student after enrollment in each unit. The student emails back email@example.com their completed short answer assignment sheets for marking and assessment towards Local Church based Training.