Bible teachers who rightly handle the Word of God are essential in today’s Church. Within the congregation, home group, children’s club, youth group and amongst the elderly — indeed wherever the Bible is taught — we need people who can teach God’s Word in the power of the Spirit.
For over 10 years, the Ministry Training Course has been running on Tuesdays at St Ebbe’s Church in Oxford. Drawing around 75 students from over 20 different churches, the goal of this 1-2 year course is to equip men and women to grow in their faith, and minister God’s word to others.
After beginning the day in prayer and song, the four elements of the course are as follows:
- Bible Expositions (5 week series of teaching on different books of the Bible)
- Doctrine and Practical ministry
- Workshops (students give talks in small groups and receive feedback)
- Bible Overview
One day per week (Tuesdays 10:15 – 3:45); three 10 week terms (starting mid-September).
As of 2017-18 we have a new (and optional) element to the course: a Bible reading group. Each week we read roughly 25 chapters of scripture in advance, and meet from 9-9:45am to discuss the reading. There are questions to guide your reading, and highlight some key features of those chapters, they can be found here.
Open to men and women with evangelical convictions of all ages who want to be better equipped to teach the Bible in a variety of contexts. We are delighted to be a diverse group from many churches and backgrounds. We don’t all agree on every issue, and this is a strength of the course, as we celebrate our unity in gospel essentials, and learn charity on secondary issues.
It is ideal for church workers and ‘apprentices’ as well as any who have the opportunity to teach the Bible and have the desire to be better equipped to do so.
For the year 2018-2019, students are asked to pay £190 per term for the course. Fees are due on the first day of each term. If you are a Church Worker your church may be willing to pay this fee.