Theme: (2Timothy 2:2) – “And the things that you have heard from me among many
witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
Summary: This is an opportunity for laymen and full time ministry leaders alike to be
equipped for the work of the ministry. It may be that God has placed a desire on your heart to
serve in a deacon, elder, pastoral, or lay leader type of role in the body of Christ but simply feel
ill equipped. By the end of this class it is our desire that God would equip you to understand
what it is to be a minister of the gospel of Christ, how to minister the word of God to others, and
give you an opportunity to do just that when you have completed the course.
Who: This class is open to any man who has a God given desire to walk in a servant leadership
role in the body of Christ. Due to the nature of the class being aimed at pastoral, elder ministry
this class is for men only.
When: 12 weeks starting January through end of March
There are NO DAYS OFF. If you are committing to taking these classes, we would
ask that you attend all of them unless there is a reasonable emergency (death, sickness, etc.).
Count the cost, this is a principle of ministry in and of itself. Each class will be a 2-hour class.
Where: at Horizon Christian Fellowship’s “upper room”
– Reviewing notes from the class
– Book – Spiritual leadership by J. Oswald Sanders (this will be provided).
Week 1 – Character of the Minister
– Know who you are (Eph 1:3, 6, 2Cor 12.etc)
– Devotional and prayer life (Matthew 6:6, John 15:1-5, Luke 10)
– Me first – (Matthew 7:1-5)
– The man – (1Timothy 3)
~ His marriage, (1Peter 3:7) or Singleness (1Cor 7).
Week 2 – The Call to Ministry
-Study Biblical Callings – (1Corinthians 1:26-31)
-What is ministry (servanthood) – John 13, Mark 10:42-45
-Stewardship – (Matthew 16:18, Acts 20:28, Heb 13:17, Ja 3:1, 1Tim 4:16, 1Cor 4:1-5)
Week 3 – Enablement for Ministry
– Empowering of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8)
– Gifts of the Holy Spirit – (Rom 12, 1Cor 12-14, Rom 12)
– Gifts assessment test
“Apt to Teach” – Inductive Bible Study Crash Course. . . (preparing a Bible study/sermon)
Week 4 – Theme, Outline
Week 5 – Observe
Week 6 – Interpret, Correlate
Week 7 – Application
Week 8 – Bible Study, Sermon
Week 9 – Pastoral Care
-Funerals, memorial service
– Baby dedications
Week 10 – Pastoral Counseling “Gods Way”
Week 11 – Work of an Evangelist – Leading Someone to Christ
– Gift – (Eph 4:11)
– Work – (1Timothy 4:5)
– Gospel hand
Week 12 – Distinctives of HCF Ministry. (Biblical principles that HCF is founded on that
makes us different, not better than other fellowships of believers).
Final Project: upon the completion of the course we would like to give every participant
an opportunity to teach a Sunday or Wed. service if you feel equipped to do so. If you want to
step out in faith and give it a prayerful, try. We would also invite you to participate in some
form of pastoral care, counseling, and evangelism and document what you have learned from
The Purpose of the final project is twofold, FIRST, being able to walk in the pastoral ministries
will enable you to better understand how to be a support person within the body of Christ to
others serving in pastoral ministry. SECOND it’s our great desire to see you step out in faith and
discover God’s gift and calling upon your life. We believe that there are gifted men at HCF who
God is wanting to use for the work of the ministry, as a lay servant, or in full time ministry.
Please pray on this, and if you are interested please email Matt at [email protected]
Horizon School of Ministry/Evangelism
(John 15:5) –“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
(John 13:35) – “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Intro: : Each of these courses will run approximately 5-7 weeks. A person can complete all of the courses in less than 2 years. There will be homework and reading to do every week. This is set up so any person with a family, with a full-time job, or with time to kill can grow and be equipped to serve in the body of Christ.
Who: These classes are not meant to just be another bible study night of the week? These classes are designed for those who have sensed a genuine call upon their lives to serve the Lord in some capacity in the body of Christ. This is meant to be a HANDS ON and Classroom experience for those desiring to be equipped for whatever that specific call may be. Our great goal is to encourage you in what God is already doing in your life.
Vision: The vision of the school is to provide another opportunity to draw closer in an abiding relationship with Jesus, resulting in lasting fruit in our lives. One of our greatest desires here at Horizon is to disciple believers in Jesus. Many people say they would like to serve but lack the equipping to do it. Our goal is to equip you as best we can for ministry in your home, church, city, country and into the entire world. God is not looking for great people; He’s looking for available people. Are you available?
The overall purpose of these classes is to equip, encourage and enable you to transform from chair-sitter to active participant in the great commission, by the power of His Holy Spirit.
Cost: You will be responsible for purchasing the books that are ordered by HCF. Cost of each book will before or at the first day of class. Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
1) You may take one class at a time, in any order, but keep in mind that the classes are in a specific order for a reason.
2) You MUST be serving in some capacity on Sundays and Wed service.
3) Class is held once a week, over a 5-7-week session – individual students cannot miss more than 1 class per session.
4) Morality – The purpose of these classes is to grow in character, not to simply grow in head knowledge. We expect that the student’s moral character will be in line with Biblical morality.
Survey Course (Old and New Testament Bible Survey with Chuck Smith)
Book – (Bible, Mp3player) – (Time requirement – approximately one year)
This is probably the most significant class you will take. Since the Word is our foundation for practice and faith nothing would be more valuable than taking a survey through the entire Bible. There are approximately 300 plus survey teachings so if you listen 1-2 a day you will have completed the whole survey in one year. The purpose of this is to give you a good foundation in the big picture of Scripture, and to let God wash you in the water of His Word; all the while renewing your mind with the truth of His Word. Because “whatever a man sows, that he will also reap,” this will become life transforming to “he who has an ear to hear”. Along with this you will answer questions from each teaching and take a small page of notes. When you are complete you will have your very own Bible commentary!
Practical Application Course (This is not optional for any class)
The greater purpose of these classes is to practice ministry. Ministry is not simply learned in a class room, but as Jesus did walking with His disciples in ministry for 3 & 1/2 years on earth. Within 2 class periods each participant MUST be seeking the Lord on an area of service during Sunday and Wed night service. The prayerful goal in this is that through some trial and error you might come to discover your special place and calling in the body by the direction of the Holy Spirit before the classes are completed.
Course 1 (Romans 1-8 – The Gospel Foundation)
Book – (The Normal Christian Life)(The Bible)
This course will focus on what it is that Christ has done for us through the Gospel of grace. In the book of Romans Paul lays out the most systematic argument for the Gospel In the scriptures. Through this course we should come to a Solid foundation of what the gospel is and how though it we can live the Normal Christian life according to God’s grace with complete reliance upon the person of Jesus. As William Newel said concerning the book of Romans – “To preach devotion first and blessing second, is to reverse God’s order, and preach law and no grace.”
Course 2 (Spiritual Gifts, Calling and Ministries)
Book- (Living Water)(The Bible)
This course will focus on the work of the Holy Spirit from a Scriptural standpoint, and on the work of the Holy Spirit through the body. The purpose in this course is that through much practical use and prayer the Lord will help us to see our gifts and calling appointed by God and not man within the body of Christ so that we can effectively use those gifts and callings God ordained within the body of Christ. If you have always wondered where you fit in the body, than this is a time to seek the Lord, His word and find out what He is calling us to be within the body of Christ.
Course 3 (Inductive Bible Study)
Book – (www.blueletterbible.org)(Handouts from IBS) (Bible of Course)
This course will focus on the study of the Word. Many people have often wondered how to effectively study the Bible. This is one of the most exciting classes to me as we learn to study the Word allowing the Holy Spirit to be our teacher and allowing the Word to be the best commentary on the Word. We will learn how to accurately and with edification study the Word in our own personal study time, to teach group studies and prepare a sermon without the use of many commentaries. I have found many people would love to teach others the Word, but just need some direction on how to prepare a study. When we are done with this course, within a short time by the work of the Holy Spirit you will be able to prepare a Bible study in the middle of Asia or prepare a short message for our children’s Sunday school class. We are called to this (2Timothy 2:15) “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Course 4 (Evangelism – Win)
Book – (Evangelism Explosion, Bible, The Call)
Now that we know what to do with people that are won when they are saved, let’s get some tools and encouragement to win them. Many of us would like to be effective, consistent witnesses to the people around us so this course will equip you with some tools to share an effective accurate gospel message with people. We are commanded to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every Creature.”(Mk 16:15). As leaders in the body of Christ we are no doubt called to “. . .Do the work of an evangelist . . .”(2Timothy 4:5).
Course 5 (Biblical Counseling – Disciple)
Book – (How to Counsel God’s Way) (Bible)
There is a lot of counsel out in the world now days but there is no wonder there is so little success. Jesus is the Wonderful, Counselor. In this class we will talk about the difference about worldly counsel Vs. Biblical Counsel. We will look at the sufficiency of God’s word to Counsel. We will look at how to practically apply that to our own lives and others. We will be looking to have some guest speakers during this class to share their years of experience.
Course 6 – (Revelation)
Book – Bible (www.blueletterbible.com)
In this class we will come to a better understanding of the days we live in, and where we are headed. There is only one book in the Bible with a Promised blessing, so in this class we will seek to overview the book of Revelation while putting the other prophecies in the Bible in their proper place. (Revelation 1:3) – “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.” We will look at the Time of the Gentiles, Church age, 1st half of the Tribulation, 2nd half of the Tribulation, Kingdom age, and heaven.”
Completion: – Everyone who completes all courses in any order will receive a certificate of completion but more importantly will hopefully be equipped for Gods call on your own life and ultimately have drawn closer to Jesus.
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