BiblicalTraining in Your Church
We are thoroughly convinced, from personal experience and biblical teaching, that we learn best in community. Whether that be a small group, Sunday School, or one-on-one in a mentor-apprentice relationship, we learn best when we can gain the knowledge and then interact with someone over three primary issues:
- What did I learn about God?
- What did I learn about others?
- What did I learn about myself?
Only after we have answered those three question we can delve into concrete, specific application.
In order to best achieve these goals, we have found the following to be the most effective learning experience.
- Listen to the lectures on your own.
- Get together to process the data, to talk about issues of character (God's, other's, and your own), and then to discuss how to apply what you have learned.
One of the major flaws of modern education is taking classroom time to “cover the material.” Please don't waste valueable group time doing what you can do on your own. Our approach will be counter-intuitive for many people; however, after decades of teaching, we are convinced that using time together to cover the data and therefore not having time to process the information is the worst educational model possible.
We have three levels of programs to meet the various educational needs of your church.
FOUNDATIONS is a lay-level set of classes that are appropriate for all the people in your church, from new believers to elders.
ACADEMY contains university-level classes for those who want to go deeper.
INSTITUTE are graduate-level classes that are especially appropriate for traing staff and for continuing education.
For more information, click on the links above or visit our Small Groups page.
Our nine-month Foundations Bible Diploma program covers the core classes in our Foundations program, but it does so with specific start and finish times. There is a schedule to follow (which many people find helpful), everyone is discussing the same topics when they get together, our mentoring tools allow the mentor to track the participants' progress, and at the end, the participant is awarded and handsome diploma.
Three Year Commitment
This three-year course of study draws from the more advanced classes from our Academy and Institute programs. This program was developed and is currently being used at Fellowship Bible Church, in Jackson TN and has made a significant impact on the church. While the classes are more challenging, no one has dropped out because they are too difficult.