Training is a focus area for the Gospel Partnership because it is one of the key building blocks required to advance our goal: increasing the number of gospel churches. New churches need new leaders and new leaders need to be trained – trained so they correctly handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 5:15); trained so they serve by shepherding God’s flock under their care (1 Peter 5:2); trained so they lead their church into effective mission in obedience to Jesus’ command (Matthew 28:19-20).
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There are many options for training in Scotland – to highlight just a few:
- Several churches offer ministry apprenticeships and internships. These provide a first exploratory step for those considering leadership which incorporates ministry experience, practical
serviceand foundational training ranging from just a few weeks to two years.
- A number of churches now also offer a medium term ministry training position as a next step (pastor in training), enabling candidates to pursue formal theological education to degree level while deeply embedded within a local church, continuing to gain practical ministry experience and having this shape and inform their study.
- Edinburgh Theological Seminary and Faith Mission offer accessible degree-level training in the local area, offering study over a number of years with a group of like-minded peers in an academic context leading to recognised formal qualifications.
- There are numerous “distance-learning” options available including missionally-oriented courses such as Porterbrook, free courses such as ThirdMil, and courses offered by many global seminaries.