South Central Ministry Training Course
Based at St Ebbe’s and run for the whole ‘south central’ region (Southampton to Banbury, Cheltenham to the edge of London/M25), the SCMTC aims to equip local Christians to handle and teach the Bible.
Bible teachers who handle the Word of God well 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.
One day per week (Tuesdays 10.15 - 3.45); three 10 week terms, one year course with the option of a second (starting late September).
- Chronological Bible Overview: Seeing how the whole Bible fits together from Genesis to Revelation.
- Bible Books: A five week introduction to the outline and major themes of six different books of the Bible, covering the major genres.
- Doctrine and Practical Ministry: These sessions alternate between key Christian doctrines and wisdom from experienced Christian workers on the practicalities of ministry.
- Workshops: A different student each week will present a brief outline talk on a particular passage of the Bible followed by discussion by the rest of the small group and a trained leader.
The course is led by a group of local pastors from Oxford and Reading, and overseen by Revd Matt Searles, the Course Director. Other local church leaders from around the region also teach on the course.
The course is open to men and women with evangelical convictions of all ages who want to be equipped to teach the Bible in a variety of contexts. 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.
St Ebbe’s also runs an apprenticeship scheme - a one or two year placement with us ‘having a go’ at full-time gospel ministry whilst receiving some ministry training. Please see jobs for more information.