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Creating a Legacy with Your Own Bible School

"The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." 2 Tim. 2:2 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Tim. 2:15

In this final letter of the Apostle Paul's life, he charged Timothy to guard the treasure that had been entrusted to him. Paul wanted to be certain the glorious truths of the Gospel were passed on from generation to generation. Likewise, Senior Pastors know they haven't finished their course until they've imparted the treasures of Scripture into human hearts. They instinctively desire to leave a legacy and a spiritual path for the next generation to follow. Having been trained in a Bible-based theological seminary, I received a high value of Scripture and a call from God to teach His Word and equip future pastors and leaders for the ministry. In 1982 it was a joy and a great honor to co-found the Bible School in my local church and serve as the Dean of Theology writing and teaching Bible curriculum for over 20 years. Along this journey, I discovered why some church-based Bible Schools are successful and others are not. Here are Eight Essential Questions that must be asked and answered before a pastor or church should consider beginning their own Bible Schol:

  1. Why Have a Bible School?(What is its Purpose and Vision?)
  2. How Important is a Bible School? (Am I prepared to make it a Priority and Finance it?)
  3. Who Administrates the School? (Who will give it Leadership and Oversight?)
  4. What Ministry Training Programs Will I Offer? (Do I offer a 1-year, a 2-year or a 4-year program?)
  5. Who Will Be the Teachers? (They must be God-called, academically prepared and spiritually anointed.)
  6. Where Will the School be Located? (If I base the school in my church, will it be convenient for non-members?)
  7. How Do We Find Students? (How do I Advertise and Recruit Students?)
  8. What Happens to the Students after they Graduate? (Should I provide Vocational Placement Assistance?)

If you believe the Lord is calling you to begin such a program in your local church, these questions will encourage rather than discourage you. And if you need more clarity in each of these areas, we will be pleased to offer to you what we've learned. If you choose to launch and sustain a School of Ministry for your congregation and community, then your life's work will be safely left to capable men and women who will carry on the ministry of Christ to the world.

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