From the latin practicus, meaning practical. The 5-week Practicum is deeply practical training for ministry readiness. If you are wanting to be prepared to carry the weights and challenges of any form of ministry, then this training is the essential tool kit.
The 5 weeks of Practicum Training have been lovingly prepared to cultivate ministry readiness in the life of a believer. Our in-depth study points are focused on the aspects of Christianity that must be bulletproof in order for a man and/or woman of God to stand up in a generation and bear witness of the glory of Jesus Christ. Though we highly recommend a student go through the Advanced Training prior to this program, it is not required. This training picks up right where the the Advanced Training leaves off, tackling the practical readiness required for carrying spiritual weights and responsibilities. This is a course for anyone that yearns to be excellent in leading others — whether that be in the church, Christian ministry, marriage, parenting, business, or the civil sphere.
In week one we will lay out all the tools of the leadership trade on the table and get to know them intimately. We call these the arts of honor — for all influence in the Kingdom of Heaven is accomplished in and through the expression of Christ’s life and love IN and THROUGH us. We will explore authority, what it is, how it works, how it is abused, and how it is intended by God to be used. We will explore the power of the tongue and how that makes or breaks the leader. We will delve into the etiquette of God’s Kingdom and touch on work ethic, cross-cultural respect, affirmation, encouragement, and even the significance of bodily health and hygiene.
In week two we will focus on the topic of how the Christian relates to difficulty. Many Christians lose their footing because they are not prepared to handle trials — they are not prepared to suffer well. But God has supplied everything needed for a Christian to not just survive challenges, but to thrive in and through them. Suffering is not supposed to be a bad word to a Christian. But as long as it remains so, the Christian will not be prepared to change the world in and amidst the Devil’s stalwart resistance.
In week three we will direct our focus to the idea of shepherding. There are many models for leadership that have been hatched throughout the ages of men and nations, but none better parallels God’s pattern than that of a shepherd. In fact, the pattern of the shepherd is God’s preferred picture throughout Scripture that He returns to over and over again. The curious fact that the job position of the shepherd has, throughout antiquity and in almost all cultures, been considered the lowest and most despised job description, reveals the mystery that God has chosen weak things through which to accomplish His grand ends. He builds shepherds, and He builds them well.
In week four we will tackle the concept of missions. Historic missionary work has involved crossing a threshold of cultural familiarity into a new territory far less familiar. How does the Christian handle “the different”? How are we supposed to engage with the “strange and unusual”? Every Christian should be prepared to effectively share the Truth and the Love of Christ with those that are not like them. But, what are the tools needed for this? How does this crossing of cultures work? What are the common mistakes made? What are the things God teaches us in His Word about reaching those that are foreign to us? How can we cross this cultural threshold with excellence and effectiveness?
In week five we will zero in on one of the most known but unexercised truths in the Bible — that of being doers of the Word and not just merely hearers. We are called to be hoses and not sponges. Both a sponge and a hose receive water with joy, but one soaks up and holds on to it, the other receives it and then gives it all away. God has built us as Christians to actually “do” the work of the Kingdom and not just “know” the truth in our minds. We are not supposed to hold on to all this good stuff — we are meant to give it away ... radically and extravagantly. We will touch on matters ranging from world evangelism to neighborhood evangelism; from orphan work to rescuing child slaves; from helping single mothers to visiting the imprisoned; from praying in a closet to standing on a street corner and preaching. There is something that must be done, and we are the ones uniquely positioned to do something about it.
Most days include various work duties (for on-campus students), personal study time, and evening activities designed to strengthen your walk with the Lord. Weekends typically have a mixture of special activities, spiritual training, personal study, free time, and student life events.
Note: This schedule is subject to change.
|11:30am||Stillness / Personal Study|
|1:00pm||Afternoon Session (Tuesdays + Thursdays)|
|3:00pm||Personal Study, Rest, Free Time|
|7:00pm||Evening Training, Personal Study, or Activity|