Over the last 2 years, The Oaks Anglican Church has offered eight Moore Preliminary Theological Certificate (PTC) Units, to train and equip ministry leaders who are involved in youth, children’s, and pastoral ministries. The group started meeting online due to the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 and will continue to meet in an in-person and online-zoom hybrid format going forward.
Most recently, 17 group members have studied OT2 (Former Prophets) and then Doctrine 2. Everyone tries to read the PTC notes before the group, and they concentrate on the big idea and key bible passages during the meeting. Their leader, Peter White, often also prepares other relevant resources to enhance the group time.
Most recently, he has been using segments from Don Carson’s The God Who Is There video resource. An important part of the night is contextualising what is being learnt, so that it can be applied to their ministries. They also pray for and care for each other. There have been lots of repeat returnees to the group and Peter has seen the group members maturing in their faith and growing in their confidence and ability to teach the Bible in their various contexts.
Because they are working through the PTC units sequentially, one of the challenges is to onboard any new people who join. Peter would like to be able to offer Introduction to the Bible to new people, before they start the later units, so his dream is for The Oaks to partner with another church and offer Introduction to the Bible more frequently. Let him know if you are interested!
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