Training Curriculum

I.    Bibliology (to establish the Word as the foundation of everything we do)

1. Revelation, Inspiration, Illumination (Selected verses)
2. Authority of the Word of God (Selected verses)
3. Sufficiency of the Word of God (Psalm 19)

II.   Ecclesiology (dealing with the urgent need for leaders to be godly examples)

1. Defining church leader (elders, pastors, deacons, deaconnesses(?))
2. Spiritual qualifications of leadership (1 Tim 3; Titus 1)
3. The purpose of the church (Selected verses)
4. The role of the pastor (Heb. 13:7, 17; Eph. 4:11-15; 1 Pet. 5:1-2; John 21:15-17)
5. The role of the pastor (Pt. 2) (Servant leadership and the warning in Matthew 23)
6. The role of each member (1 Thes. 5:12-13, etc.)
7. The marks of an effective church (1 Thes. 1-2)

III. Shepherdology (principles of leadership directly from the Word)

1. A Biblical philosophy of Ministry (High view of God, priority of Scripture, doctrinal
clarity, personal holiness, godly leadership, emphasis on spiritual attitudes, emphasis
on preaching, teaching, prayer, etc.)
2. Learning from the instructions given to Timothy (1 & 2 Tim.)
3. Learning from the instructions given to Titus (Titus)
4. Learning from the instructions given to the Ephesian elders (Acts 20)

ADVANCED SEMINAR CURRICULUM

I.  Bible (basic overview plus theology from Romans and Ephesians)

1. OT overview
2. NT Themes, book by book
3. The theology of Romans
4. The theology of Ephesians

II.    Cultural issues

1. The biblical approach to spiritual warfare
2. Confronting the health and wealth gospel
3. The biblical principles of church discipline

III.  The pastor's preaching ministry

1. What is expository preaching?
2. Why is expository preaching best?
3. Preparation for preaching and how to study for a sermon.

IV.  Church Growth

1. Review of the Basic and Advanced Seminars
2. An Introduction to Biblical Church Growth
3. How the First Church Grew
4. The Gifts of Christ to His Church
5. Priorities for Church Leaders
6. Evangelism in the New Testament
7. Spiritual Gifts and Unity in the Church (Pt. 1)
8. Spiritual Gifts and Unity in the Church (Pt. 2)
9. False Teachers: A Threat to True Church Growth

V.  Spiritual Warfare

1. What the Bible Teaches About Magic, Sorcery and Divination
2. What the Bible Teaches About Demons
3. What the Bible Teaches About Satan
4. What the Bible Teaches About Angels
5. The Ministry of Angels
6. God's Warning About All Forms of Magic