EQUIP

Develop teaching and training to support ministers and Sunday school teachers.

The ETR has begun development of a minister support teaching program (curriculum). The goal of this curriculum is to provide teaching, offer training and support, and facilitate discussion between elders, ministers, and their wives. Sunday school teachers will also be invited to participate in this curriculum over time. You can see an overview of the curriculum as well as a description of current course offerings below.

 

This program seeks to foster and support a humble, Spirit-led ministry well-equipped to serve the church in its pursuit of accurate, informed, and fruitful understandings of the Bible.

"I really enjoyed meeting with the other couples all across the United States. It helped our church connections feel closer, even though some of us are separated by many miles."

 

Minister Support Curriculum

Core Doctrine and Beliefs

  • Intro to Core Biblical Doctrines (forthcoming)

Engaging the Church and Community (supported by ACCFS and HarvestCall)

Spiritual Health (supported by ACCFS and 360 Wellness)

  • Intro to Spiritual Health & Resiliency (forthcoming)

Courses currently available

Introduction to the Ministry

The objective of this course is to equip and encourage those who are newer to the Apostolic Christian Church ministry. Elders and newer ministers study together principles of ministry conveyed in Paul’s letters to Timothy and discuss how those principles are lived out in the Apostolic Christian Church. Mentoring and relationship building are special focuses of this course. 

 

Time commitment: 

Course length: 4 week course. 

Class time: 1.5 hour class discussion once per week remotely as well as an in-person half-day meeting in the Midwest during the 3rd week of class. Wives are encouraged to attend the in-person meeting if possible. A remote option is available for this in-person meeting.

Work outside of class: 2-3 hours per week of reading, homework, and discussions with others. 

If you were put in the pulpit ministry in the past 12 months, you will be invited to join one of the new minister sessions. Please contact Alissa Gerber (etr@apostolicchristian.org) if you have questions.

"The highlight was the in-person meeting of week 3! I really enjoyed meeting the other ministers in person and having open conversation about our own questions we submitted regarding our roles as new ministers. I especially appreciated the wisdom, advice and experience shared by our elders."

"I felt the study of Timothy was very appropriate for our situation as new ministers. I really appreciated the Zoom meetings, the in-person meeting, and the transparency of the elders!"

Category: Engaging the Church and Community

 

Introduction to Engaging the Church and Community

The objective of this course is to lay a foundation for ministers and wives in regard to the work of the ministry that is conducted off the pulpit. A series of teachings and discussions will consider the Narrative Arc of the Church throughout the Scriptures in such areas as Evangelism, Church Establishment, Ethics, Discipleship, Counseling, and others. This content will focus on implications for ministers and wives in their roles. The day-long event is meant to be conducted in-person with time built in for relationship building and growing together as pulpits.

Time commitment: 

Course length: 1 day course. 

Class time: ~ 8 hours of teaching, discussion, and interaction time set up to be attended in-person on a Saturday.

Work outside of class: 2-3 hours of pre-work in preparation for the weekend. In addition, optional, but encouraged follow-up discussion sessions will be conducted on key topics from the weekend.

Locations/Dates: West Lafayette, IN (March 4th, 2023), Denver, CO (June 3rd, 2023), and Peoria, IL (October 14th, 2023). More regional dates and locations will be planned for 2024.

These weekend courses are structured to be regional events for nearby pulpits to take together. The host church will be working with the ETR to send out invitations closer to the event. Please contact Alissa Gerber (etr@apostolicchristian.org) if you have questions.

Core Counseling Skills

The objective of this course is to motivate, inform and equip ministers and their wives in the area of pastoral counseling. The lessons cover the counselor's mindset & skillset, as well as how to encourage and help people. The course includes individual learning from videos, podcasts, and articles, as well as facilitated group discussions over homework questions.

 

Time commitment: 

Course Length: 4 week course. 

Class time: 1 hour scheduled class discussion once per week

Self-paced instruction and personal reflection: 2 hours per week

 

Dates:

Sessions of Core Counseling Skills will be coordinated when enough ministers sign up who express interest.

Registration:

This class is open to any elder/minister and elder/minister’s wife. If you are interested in participating in this course, please register using the button below. You will be able to further indicate which time-frames work best for you on the registration form. Once we have enough interest in this course, we will reach out for further scheduling.

Prerequisite: None

Participant limit per session: 15

* This course can also be taken by a pre-arranged group of ministers/wives (i.e. – a church pulpit can choose to take it together on their own time-frame). One member of your group would then serve as facilitator. If you have a group of ministers/wives with which you would like to take the course, please register your group at this link.

 
 

"I thought this was a great "introduction" course. It gave a basic overview of the mindset and skillset."

 

"Every lesson had an "aha" moment for me and I was able to see the application with past experiences."

Category: History of the Christian Church and Thought

Intro to Christian History and Thought

This course introduces the primary types of history explored in the “History and Christian Thought” theme: history in the Bible; history of the Bible; and the history of the Church after the Bible. Additionally, it seeks to ground ministers in a healthy understanding of what history is, how God uses history in the Bible, and how we can research and use history well in our ministries. Course content includes videos, Bible study, short history projects, and group discussion..

 

Time commitment: 

Course length: 3 week course. 

Class time: 1 hour class discussion once per week

Work outside of class: 2-3 hours per week of homework. 

 

Dates:

Sessions of Intro to the Christian History and Thought will be coordinated when enough ministers sign up who express interest.

Registration:

This class is open to any elder/minister and elder/minister's wife. If you are interested in participating in this course, please register using the button below. You will be able to further indicate which time-frames work best for you on the registration form. Once we have enough interest in this course, we will reach out for further scheduling.

Prerequisite: None

Participant limit per session: 15

* This course can also be taken by a pre-arranged group of ministers/wives (i.e. – a church pulpit can choose to take it together on their own timeframe). One member of your group would then serve as facilitator. If you have a group of ministers/wives with which you would like to take the course, please register your group at this link.

 

Category: The Bible

Intro to the Bible

In this course several elders consider three key questions concerning the Bible: 1) What is the Bible? 2) Why study the Bible? and 3) How can we study the Bible? This course is the Introduction course to the theme “The Bible,” which seeks to support ministers as they grow in their understanding of the Word of God. Course content includes reading, videos, Bible study projects based on study concepts, and group discussion.

 

Time commitment: 

Course length: 3 week course. 

Class time: 1 hour class discussion once per week

Work outside of class: 3-4 hours per week of homework. 

 

Dates:

Sessions of Intro to the Bible will be featured on Mondays throughout 2023. Dates and times are listed below:

  • Session 1: February 13th, 20th, and 27th at 6:00 am CT

  • Session 2: April 24th, May 1st and 8th at 8:00 pm CT

  • Session 3: July 10th, 17th, and 24th at 6:00 am CT

  • Session 4: September 11th, 18th, and 25th at 8:00 pm CT

  • Session 5: November 6th, 13th, and 20th at 6:00 am CT

Registration:

This class is open to any elder/minister and elder/minister's wife. If you are interested in participating in this course, please register using the button below. You will be able to further indicate which session(s) works best for you on the registration form.

Prerequisite: None

Participant limit per session: 15

* This course can also be taken by a pre-arranged group of ministers/wives (i.e. – a church pulpit can choose to take it together on their own timeframe). One member of your group would then serve as facilitator. If you have a group of ministers/wives with which you would like to take the course, please register your group at this link.

 

 

 

 

Biblical Text 1: Text to Teaching

This course supports ministers as they seek to understand English translations of the Biblical text using the phrasing method. Phrasing is useful for discerning the structure of a passage in order to follow the flow of thought of a text and understand its main point. Then, a teaching outline is created based on the main point and structure discovered in the text. This is a more technical course that involves instruction in grammar and sentence structure.

 

Time commitment: 

Course length: 8 week course. 

Class time: 1 hour class discussion once per week

Work outside of class: 2-3 hours per week of homework. 

 

Dates:

Sessions of Text to Teaching will be coordinated when enough ministers sign up who express interest.

Registration:

This class is open to any elder/minister. If you are interested in participating in this course, please register using the button below. You will be able to further indicate which time-frames work best for you on the registration form. Once we have enough interest in this course, we will reach out for further scheduling.

Prerequisite: None

Participant limit per session: 12

 
 

"Phrasing greatly helps me notice passages that I skimmed over due to familiarity. It helps me see that there is no throw-away wording in Scripture. Every bit of the Bible has a purpose—the Bible is so beautiful and powerful!"

Biblical Text 2: Word Studies

This course supports ministers as they seek to understand Greek and Hebrew words that underlie the Biblical text. Participants will discuss helpful methods, common pitfalls, and become familiar with online tools useful for word studies. This course involves learning tools and techniques and discussing Biblical words and texts.

 

Time commitment: 

Course length: 4 week course. 

Class time: 1 hour class discussion once per week

Work outside of class: 2-3 hours per week of homework and discussions with others. 

 

Dates:

Session of Word Studies will be coordinated when enough ministers sign up who express interest.

Registration:

This class is open to any elder/minister. If you are interested in participating in this course, please register using the button below. You will be able to further indicate which time-frames work best for you on the registration form. Once we have enough interest in this course, we will reach out for further scheduling.

Prerequisite: None

Participant limit per session: 12

 

Biblical Text 3: Outlining

This course supports ministers as they seek to understand and teach different genres of the Biblical text by building on the skills developed in Text to Teaching. In this course, ministers practice outlining the main points of chapters and books in order to better grasp the structure and main purposes of Bible text, and then to communicate the text’s message from that structure. Class time is composed mostly of discussing chapters and short books of the Bible.

 

Time commitment: 

Course length: 2 week course. 

Class time: 1 hour class discussion once per week

Work outside of class: 2-3 hours per week of homework and discussions with others. 

 

Dates:

Sessions for Outlining will be coordinated when enough ministers sign up who express interest.

Dates and times are flexible and will be worked out after sign-up. Our desire is to accommodate the most ministers as possible. You can indicate the number of sessions you would like to take as well as your preferred dates/times and genres on the registration form. Genres include: Narrative, Poetry, Prophecy, and Apocalyptic.

 

Registration:

This class is open to any elder/minister who has already taken Text to Teaching or Phrasing. If you are interested in registering for either session of this course, please click the button below. 

Prerequisite: Text to Teaching course

Participant limit per session: 12

 

"I am SO thankful that I took the class. I have been devouring scripture and study ever since...Sincere thanks."