Christopher Wright succinctly describes the mission of God as “our committed participation as God’s people, at God’s invitation and command, in God’s own mission within the history of God’s world for the redemption of God’s creation.” And we here at Chosen People strive every day to faithfully participate in this mission.
Our vision is to see God’s leaders shepherding God’s people to live faithfully on God’s mission. I recently wrote about the epidemic of false teaching around the world and how our response is providing under-resourced pastoral leaders with much needed theological training. Today, I want to share more in-depth of how we go about our mission of training God’s leaders to equip the church.
Our vision is to see God’s leaders shepherding God’s people to live faithfully on God’s mission.
We have developed a 2-year certificate-level program in theological studies. Our curriculum consists of eight courses and is flexible, efficient, and reproducible. It is designed specifically for pastoral leaders around the world with little to no theological training. The subjects in our curriculum are Biblical Theology, Hermeneutics, Preaching, Bible Doctrine, Pastoral Ministry, Marriage, Family, and Ministry, Conflict Resolution, and Church Planting.
Our curriculum is accessible
I’ve stated before that the greatest challenge of theological education today around the globe is not distance, it’s access. Many pastoral leaders don’t have the financial resources to attend formal training institutes others don’t have the freedom to leave their families and ministries to study in these formal training institutes.
We provide theological training to pastoral leaders in their context, allowing them to continue to serve both their families and ministries without interruption. Our training centers are made up of a group of pastoral leaders from the surrounding area. As a group they decide the place, date, and time of the monthly trainings.
Our curriculum is modular
It is designed to be delivered in small, manageable pieces. We strive to have twelve hours of face-time with pastoral leaders on a monthly basis for two years. This allows pastoral leaders to miss very little time doing ministry and spending time with their families. Furthermore, we believe that this face-to-face, life-on-life educational model transforms the learning process.
Our curriculum is dynamic
It is designed for a small group of 20-25 persons. Ten of these persons must be pastors of a local church. Furthermore, each pastor is encouraged to invite into the program two of his principal leaders in the church. Both a small and close (pastors and their leaders) group helps to create a healthy learning atmosphere.
we believe that this face-to-face, life-on-life educational model transforms the learning process.
Our curriculum is structured
One of the problems we encounter is that pastoral leaders do not have a coherent framework by which to evaluate and communicate truth. They have a “buffet” system of belief that allows them to pick a little of this and a little of that while never realizing that what they believe does not align with biblical teaching. Our curriculum has as an underlying theme “shepherding God’s people to live faithfully on God’s mission.”
Our curriculum is continual
There are millions of pastoral leaders in the world that not only have little to no theological training, but also don’t have adequate theological resources. We provide pastoral leaders with a Study Bible, Bible Dictionary, and theological resource that compliments each course. When a pastoral leader completes our program, he will have his own personal theological library to use at his disposal for the rest of his life.