Rev Ken Noakes has taught PTC subjects in his pastor training trips to India and Sri Lanka and at his former churches in Adelaide and North Sydney. He recently shared about a training initiative involving PTC in the Lower Mountains where he is now at church.
TrainingWORKS – School of Ministry started this year in March with 30 people doing Introduction to the Bible. They met in person for 3 weeks, until COVID-19 shut down face-to face meetings. Training quickly evolved into seminar style presentations, which were recorded for people to watch later on YouTube. This complemented the online resources provided by Moore College and allowed the group to complete the unit together and on time. A second TrainingWORKS unit began in June doing New Testament 1. After starting online they were able to start meeting in person, and continued recording the sessions for those unable to be there. The third unit Doctrine 1 starts in September – again face to face with sessions recorded for those who can not meet face to face.
The plan is to offer 3 PTC units each year, being taught in face to face groups by mature Christian leaders. The ideal will be to have a co-operative training partnership with other local churches. This would mean they could start new people off doing Level 1 units, while helping others to continue studying later units. In Ken’s words, “With more trainers we could offer more PTC units, at more times, and at more places and so cater for different groups of people”.
The plan for TrainingWORKS is bigger than running PTC courses. Under God, Ken wants to see more Christians equipped and confident in different ministries like Kids or Youth Ministry, Bible Study and Gathering leading. “PTC helps people get into the Bible for themselves. It gives them tools to grow as disciples and to make disciples of Christ.”