Basic Training Program

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The Basic Training program is designed to prepare people in the local church for ministry. The church administers the program according to its needs. The local church becomes a “learning center” of the Office of Ministry Studies. The local pastor, as a “center leader,” oversees the training of his leaders. Following are some basics of the course, the course description and responsibilities.

The Basic Training Program

Throughout the Basic Training program the student is introduced to the basic Bible knowledge, Bible study methods, doctrinal issues, principles of Christian living, and ministry skills he will need to effectively serve the Lord. The goal of the Basic Training program is to teach God’s people to minister. We are not as interested in what a student knows, as we are in what a student knows how to do. The student must be actively involved in some type of ministry. We encourage students to try various ministries, as they seek to find the best way for them to serve the Lord. Basic training consists of three elements: programmed materials, ministry projects and class discussion. All three are supervised and evaluated; together they form equal parts of a student’s training. Each student who completes the Basic Training program receives a Certificate of Office of Ministry Studies.

Programmed Materials

The information portion of the training is provided through programmed texts. These books are the “teacher”. Developed in a spiraling curriculum, the books start on an elementary level with simple assignments and projects, and gradually move to a higher intensity level, requiring more time and thought, with advanced ministry assignments. This curriculum has been used effectively world wide to train new believers and mature Christians alike. The student’s progress in learning is evaluated through a written examination.

Ministry Projects

All Basic Training students are required to participate actively in ministry of the local church. The student not only must assimilate knowledge, but also must learn to put it into practice. Students contract with the center leader for the practical, measurable objectives they will strive to reach during each course. Their ministry is evaluated at the end of each course.

Class Discussion

The course content and ministry experiences of the students are brought together in the weekly class discussion. The focus of these guided discussions is on applying the course instruction to ministry in the local church setting.

Basic Training Course Description

The Life of Christ series is a linear study of the gospel of Matthew. These programmed instruction books constitute a complete introduction to basic practical ministry skills, biblical geography, basic doctrines, and Bible study methods. It is a holistic approach to church leadership training, presenting things in an easy-to-remember form. Each of these courses is designed to be studied in three months. The following is a general overview of course content.

Book 1 Introduction and Infancy

The focus of this course is an inductive Bible study, and covers Matthew, chapters 1 and 2. Students will learn how to:

  • Locate and describe key places on a map of Palestine.
  • Discuss and teach the events surrounding Christ’s birth and early life.
  • Give a basic outline of the gospel of Matthew and explain the theme of the book.
  • Explain the divinity of Christ, using selected Scripture passages.
  • Explain why God’s promises are not always fulfilled immediately.
  • Use God’s promises to help people in need.
  • Explain biblical doctrine concerning occult activities.

Book 2 The Year of Preparation

The focus of this course on chapters 3 and 4 of the gospel of Matthew. The students will learn how to:

  • Discuss and teach the events surrounding Christ’s first year of ministry.
  • Describe the steps of repentance.
  • Explain the relationship between Christ’s baptism and His death.
  • Explain how to overcome temptation.
  • Give Biblical evidence of the Trinity and the inspiration of the Scriptures, and describe the attributes of God.
  • Use the method of comparison to study parallel Scripture passages.

Book 3 The Year of Popularity

Course Three is a detailed study of Matthew 4 through 13. The student will learn how to:

  • Discuss and teach the events surrounding Christ’s second year of ministry.
  • Use the Bible study methods of analysis and synthesis.
  • Prepare a Bible study for a small group.
  • Explain how believers can face opposition.
  • Share a short personal testimony.
  • Interpret the parables of Jesus.
  • Explain guidelines for doing house-to-house visitation, leading a home Bible study, and planting a church.

Book 4 The Year of Passion

This course focuses on Matthew 14 through 20 and deals with the doctrine of mankind. By studying this course, the student will learn how to:

  • Discuss and teach the events surrounding Christ’s third year of ministry.
  • Relate the history and importance of the Passover.
  • Explain the image of God in man, the doctrine of sin, and the doctrine of angels and demons.
  • Apply the steps given by Jesus for restoring unity among believers.
  • Explain the purpose of discipline in the Christian family.
  • Outline a plan for family worship.

Book 5 The Last Week

Course Five teaches through Matthew 21 through 27. In the study of this course the student will learn how to:

  • Give a chronology of the events of the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry.
  • Identify on a map, the significant places associated with the last week of Jesus’ life.
  • Explain the meaning of the Lord’s Supper.
  • Discuss the principal events of the Second Coming.
  • Explain the steps of consecration of the mind, emotions, and will.
  • Explain the significance of Jesus’ crucifixion and His triumph over Satan and the demonic world.

Book 6 The Resurrected Life

Course Six is a study of Matthew 28 and the book of Acts. The student, through this course will learn how to:

  • Give a chronology of the events surrounding Jesus’ resurrection and the beginning of the Church.
  • Discuss how to be filled with the Holy Spirit as described in Scripture.
  • Use Scripture to explain baptism, including who should be baptized and when.
  • Describe the proper attitude and acts of encouragement which should be directed toward a new believer.
  • State several principles of personal evangelism and how to give a gospel presentation.
  • Analyze and outline the book of Acts.

Basic Training Responsibilities

Local Church Responsibility

The decision to follow the mandate of Jesus Christ in training leadership by participating in the Basic Training program should not be entered lightly. In order to maintain a successful program, the support of the congregation is essential. The Governing Board must, therefore, officially approve the enrollment of the church in the Basic Training program, and the pastor must complete the Center Leader training. Enrollment entitles your church to membership in this program. The church may discontinue or resume participation at any time. If a pastoral change occurs, the new pastor only needs to complete the Center Leader’s training and the program continues.

As students complete the program, they may be certified as center leaders to new groups of students, reproducing their skills in others. The enrollment fee entitles the church to free upgrades. As replacement courses and new materials are developed, center leaders will be notified and may request the leader’s guides free of charge. Enrollment (completing the Church Application form, Governing Board approval, and payment of the enrollment fee) entitles your church to use the program perpetually with an unlimited number of students. To receive the Basic Training program Start-up Kit, containing enrollment forms, center leader training materials, the first student book, and all of the leader’s guides for the program, order now from the Alliance marketplace.

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Center Leader Responsibility

Center leaders are not teachers, at least not in the usual sense of the word. Most of the learning is done by studying the programmed texts. The real value of the training program comes as a result of effective, lively group discussion. The center leader facilitates these important weekly discussions. While not “teaching” the class, the center leader must guide the students in discussing what they have learned through the textbook and help them make appropriate application to their personal life and ministry. The center leader must complete the Center Leader’s Manual which teaches how to lead group discussions and administrate the Basic Training program. The leader must work completely through the first student book before leading a class. Because Basic Training is administered through the local church, the pastor must be trained as a center leader. He may then appoint another staff member or leader to administrate the program. Each person appointed to lead a group must complete the prescribed training.

Student Responsibility

  • Each student should be a member or adherent of an Alliance church.
  • Each student must submit a completed application and pay a one-time registration fee.
  • Each student is responsible to purchase a copy of the study materials for each course.

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