Foundations is a non-accredited certificate program meant to equip disciples and ministry leaders in the context of our local church. The program combines serious, ordered learning with practical experience and mentoring. To enroll, participants must be church members in good standing, have completed the First Principle Study 'Becoming a Disciple', and be recommended by a pastor, church elder, or community group leader. (Note: Some work is transferable to our accredited Antioch School certificate and degree programs.)
Once enrolled, each participant is given access to our Foundations Portfolio in a Google Classroom. Once the participant has posted satisfactory evidence of completing each required learning assignment, the training will be considered complete and a certificate granted. All worksheets and training material will be uploaded to the Foundations Portfolio with the exception of the First Principles study guides; these study guides cost $15 each.
Participants will work through sets of essential New Testament principles using our First Principles studies. These guided conversations help students dig into the bible teaching themselves and think deeply about the implications for their own lives and ministry. The goal is to complete at least six First Principles studies and use the principles to guide your life development and ministry experience. If you've already done work in the First Principles, you can transfer your work to the foundations portfolio instead of having to take the course again!
Participants will work through a series of five life development exercises to develop a basic vision and plan for your own life and ministry. What areas of development should you seek? What areas of your life do you need some assistance or help in? What are your gifts and talents and how can you use them to minister to others?
To complete this process participants will need to engage in conversation and prayer with volunteer mentors from our church family as well as a coach who has gone through the process themselves. Each participant will set annual goals and priorities based on their Life Development work.
We learn the most by experience, especially if we take time to reflect on and assess our experiences. Each participant will identify ministry opportunities to participate in, or ministries they're already engaged in, to serve as a ministry practicum. Ministry practicums are set for a pre-determined time (based on the individual opportunity, usually a few months), and will be approved by a coach or ministry leader. They are followed up with a ministry reflection and assessment with some input from mentors. The goal is for each participant to complete at least three ministry practicums.
Space is limited but we will form new learning cohorts as we are able. To begin the process of registering for the next available spot leave your name and email here.
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