Church Support Priority Team
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION/CHURCH SUPPORT PRIORITY TEAM REPORT 2016
The Potomac Baptist Association’s Church Support Team is blessed to continue the Deacon University training. A total of 22 deacons participated from the first year to present and six have earned their diploma. Many of the deacons are within a class to two classes of fulfilling their diploma requirements which involves 5 areas of study:
•Partnering in the Ministry
•Developing Care Skills
•Developing Further in Specialized Care Skills
•Handling Conflict in the Church
•Developing Growth Skills
Each class is scheduled for a Saturday (9am to 5 pm) and involves workbook, teaching handouts, and class discussions on the best ways God can use deacons to serve His church. Great fellowship and networking is resulting from these classes and the Church Support Team (CST) is looking to build on this format and have the “next” level of Deacon U soon.
As PBA continues to seek to fill the needs of the local church, the CST is currently looking into providing resources like Deacon U to help with Sunday school teachers, financial team members, and various ministry areas in which members of PBA churches can receive training and support. Our ministry is to provide through the Lord’s blessings and Spirit the “equipping of the saints” to meet a challenging region and culture for Christ.
If your church would like information on Deacon University or other support areas, please contact Pastor Fred Caudle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On October 29th, Deacon U is providing a one-day training for all deacons and soon-to-be-deacons. This one day event will describe the “tables” of the deacon ministry historically and present and provide insight and biblical discussion as to how we can better serve our churches in today’s church. Please email Pastor Caudle by October 26th if you are interested in attending. This training will be held at the First Baptist Church of St. Charles from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The PBA Church Support Team announces the beginning of the Potomac Bible Institute (PBI) beginning in January of 2017.
In July, several of our PBA Pastors were trained to become instructors for the Institute by the Bible Training Centre for Pastors/Leaders (www.bibletraining.com). Those trained to lead classes so far are Pastors Fred Caudle, Steve Fehrman, Dan Moore, Mike Spencer, Doug White and Keith Corrick. Other pastors have also expressed an interest in receiving the training to become instructors in the school. We will be planning a future date for that.
The basic concept of the BTCP and the BTCL program is to provide biblical training for pastors and church leaders (present and future) who have not earned a theological degree through a non-formal local setting and mentoring relationship. The emphasis is on assimilation of biblical principles, concepts, truths, and personal spiritual growth. Classes are taught by trained instructors who have experience serving in local churches, Bible colleges, Seminaries and/or on the mission field.
The curriculum covers ten courses taught in 520 hours of classroom time over a 2-to-3 year period and provides the equivalent of a two-year Bible college education. There are no tests or lengthy paper requirements, but reading both the course text and the assigned Scripture is required of all students. Occasionally, other assignments may be given at the instructor's discretion. The cost is only $75 per course, which includes the course text. Another positive feature of the program is that it can be used on the mission field to train pastors and leaders.
The first Potomac Bible Institute course being offered will be Bible Study Methods and Rules of Interpretation (see attachment). The specific time and location for the class is still to be determined upon registrations.
We are asking that you do your best to get the word out between now and then and encourage interested students to register for the first course in January. Promotional information and flyers have been sent to PBA Churches. The first night of class, which will be an introductory/overview/orientation session is free.
As you become aware of those who may be interested, please inform them about the Institute, and have them forward their names and contact information. We look forward to working with you and with those you will be sending our way.
For More Information Contact Church Support Team Leader, Fred Caudle at 240-882-0207 or email at FredCaudle@fbcstcharles.com Register online at http://www.potomacbaptist.net/
Pastor Fred Caudle, Church Support Priority Team Leader