Foundations is a non-accredited life and ministry training 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 working through the First Principles discussions and exercises in 'Becoming a Disciple'. (Note: Some of the work in Foundations can be used to pursue an accredited Antioch School certificate or degree.)
Once enrolled, each participant is given access to our Foundations Portfolio in a Google Classroom. Once the participant has posted satisfactory evidence of competency for each required component, the basic 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 workbooks ; these will cost $15 each (Note: proceeds from the sale of these books go directly to church planting and training church leaders all around the world).
Participants will work through sets of essential New Testament principles with a trained leader using the First Principles workbooks to record convictions and practical plans for your own life and ministry. These guided conversations simply help participants dig into the bible teaching themselves and think deeply about the implications for their own lives and ministry. The goal is to work through at least six First Principles and use what you learn to guide your life development and ministry experience. If you've already done work in the First Principles, you can review your work and update your progress to the foundations portfolio.
Participants will work through a series of five life development exercises to develop a basic vision and plan for your own life and ministry as part of a local church family. 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 some 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 life experiences and ministry opportunities to participate in, or one's they're already engaged in, to serve as a 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 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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