Bill interviews the lead pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Jackson, Tennessee. Almost 10% of their people are involved in a three-year program that takes them deeper into the Bible and theology. They discuss (1) the quality of BTI (BiblicalTraining Institute), (2) how the people have gone deeper in their understanding of the Bible and don't need to rely on the church leadership (the "bus protocol"), and (3) how easy it is for other churches to do the same thing.
To read a note from Pastor Eugene and one of the founding elders, click here. To see their schedule of classes, see below.
Recommendation on how to use 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.
Multiple levels of training
BiblicalTraining.org has many different levels of training. You can pick the one that works best for your church or ministry.
You can just pick individual classes or seminars that you want your people to work through. Life is a Journey is a great place to start.
2. Foundations Bible Diploma
Our nine-month Foundations Bible Diploma program (Track 1 or Track 2) covers the core classes in our Foundations program, but it does so with specific start and finish times. This means 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.
3. Academy Program
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 (see video above) 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. You can download their schedule here.
4. BiblicalTraining Institute
The BiblicalTraining Institute will be a three-year graduate level program that will be ready by Fall, 2020. The classes are all recorded, and these classes will hopefully be able to be taken for university or graduate credit. We want to encourage churches to accept the responsibility of raising up their next generation of leaders, and not sending their young people off to a strange land where they come back ill-prepared and in debt.
For more information
If you want to learn more about how your church or ministry can use BiblicalTraining.org, we would love to talk with you.