Entrust what you have heard to faithful men!

"and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." (2 Timothy 2: 2)

Apprenticeship program

Rationale

Thorough training in gospel ministry needs to include effective practical training within the context of the local church.

Aim

  • To instil a deep conviction of the necessity and nature of Word-ministry in apprentices.
  • To train apprentices in the fundamental principles and skills of various gospel ministries
  • To provide apprentices with an appreciation of their own strengths and weaknesses, their gifting and of the value of further training.
  • To enable apprentices to determine whether they are indeed called to fulltime Word-ministry.

Roots

The TRANS:mission Apprenticeship Schemeis modelled on the UK-based Co-Mission Apprenticeship Scheme and was significantly influenced by the 9:38 Apprenticeship Network.

Competency areas

The Ministry Apprenticeship Scheme focuses on the following competency development areas for Gospel ministry: knowledge acquisition, character formation and skills development.

Knowledge

True transformation only takes place when our minds are renewed (Rom 12:2). While the Scheme is not designed to replace formal theological education, it does provide theological input, including:

  • sound principles of Biblical interpretation
  • basic Biblical theology
  • a basic grounding in Systematic theology
  • practice in communicating God’s Word to others
  • practice in the application of theology to issues of ministry
  • a better understanding of how the gospel connects with culture
  • training in Church planting
  • some awareness of theological issues in preparation for theological college/further study

Character

Along with the ability to teach sound doctrine and refute error, the foremost prerequisite for church leaders is godliness. This means to be transparent and honest in the following areas of our lives:

Holiness

  • prayerfulness
  • personal Bible reading
  • family life
  • other-person centeredness

Teamwork

  • co-operation with others in a common goal
  • loyalty and submission to leaders and to a common goal
  • support of others in their ministry
  • acceptance of both a leadership and supporting roles

Faithfulness

  • commitment to God and his word
  • commitment to God’s people
  • emotional, theological and physical tenacity and resilience

Humility

  • willingness to change behaviour and beliefs in accordance with God’s Word
  • readiness to receive criticism and modify behaviour and attitudes accordingly
  • readiness to seek advice from leaders and others
  • willingness to perform menial and unglamorous tasks

Skills

The program is designed to develop student skill sets in the following areas: teaching, leadership, missional living, strategy and people.

Teaching

  • the ability to communicate ideas and to assess impact
  • one-to-one discipleship
  • exposition of a Bible passage for the church
  • facilitating small group Bible studies
  • Catechism, youth work and student work.

Leadership

  • gather, motivate, delegate, train, monitor, encourage and correct a team
  • nurture new Christians
  • nurture children / youth / students
  • prepare, lead and pray in public meetings
  • organise a camp/conference
  • organise a regular church meeting
  • advertise and promote an evangelistic event
  • motivate and explain the rationale for raising money
  • assist in church planting

Missional Living

  • care for and pray for the lost
  • understand the concerns and fears of local unbelievers
  • relate to un-churched people including those of other faiths
  • understand the gospel and how to explain it simply without jargon
  • know how to meet common objections with simple, persuasive answers
  • lead someone to faith in Christ
  • give an evangelistic talk including the appeal to repent and believe
  • plan an evangelistic enquirers’ series

Strategy

  • grasp the place of the gospel in God’s plan for the world
  • understand the nature of Biblical ministry including professional ministry
  • grasp and assess the strategy of the church and be able to work for its progress
  • grasp something of the national Christian scene and the “needs of the hour”
  • an awareness of the importance of people rather than structures and buildings
  • ability to identify and resolve conflicts of priority both within church ministry and between it and family needs
  • conceive, explain and implement plans for change

People

  • understanding and awareness of people: worries, pressures, personalities, joys, sins and hopes
  • listen to and empathise with people: to both rejoice and weep with others
  • to encourage without flattery and rebuke without crushing
  • deal with conflict and celebrate success
  • make decisions personally and for others without being unduly directive

 

Transmission 1.5.8 on apprenticeship-program