A First Century Approach to Discipleship
Our typical methods of Christian education have failed to produce New Testament disciples. Isn’t it time we approached discipleship like Jesus did? Take a few believers, immerse them in the Word and lead them out into the world. Light shining in darkness; not light sealed within the walls of a college campus.
Have you heard the call of Jesus? Do you read your Bible and say, “Why don’t I look like the disciples of the first century?”
Do you desire to be a Stephen, Philip, Timothy, Silas, Barnabas, Theophilus, or Cornelius? Then study the same way the early Church did: men and women of God mentoring and training you while walking the life of a disciple before you. This is the vision of the School of Practical Ministry.
Intimacy not Immediacy
Our supreme desire for our students, is that they will embrace a level of intimacy with Jesus that they have never known before and that will lay the foundation for any ministry, giving, or self-sacrifice that flows out of their lives. If you come away with nothing else, we have accomplished what He has set for us to do.
Students will come away with a myriad of experiences in ministry when they finish their time here, but that is secondary to their relationship and ‘merging’ with the Person of Jesus.
Sink or Swim
Some students will have a strong sense of what God is calling them to and others will not be sure. We understand, and will walk with you through the process by mentoring and discipling each student at an appropriate pace for the individual. At the same time, all students will be immersed in different types and aspects of ministry resulting in a broad spectrum of experience as they move into Jesus’ specific calling for them.
Ministry is messy, and training for messy ministry is as well. You will be thrown in the fire and will be required to ‘press in’ to Jesus in order to just get through the day. It is the design of the School of Practical Ministry to put students in the position that ‘sourcing’ themselves will not cut it and will learn the “Jesus-sourced” life.
If you are seeking comfort, ease and a prosperous future, then the School of Practical Ministry is not for you. If you want to know what it really means to be Christ-like, a living Sacrifice and a true disciple, then perhaps you found a home.