Volume 7 December 2020 Number 1
Newsletter, "Aspire...I press forward"
The Work of Pasco Baptist Association has four primary purposes; one of those purposes is Leadership Development. The priority of the Leadership ministry is helping churches develop a Biblical leader. One method to accomplish this is the Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) Extension Program. The program provides 24 hours of classroom time, six (6) two-hour classes, offering eight (8) different courses. Upon completing the eight courses, the student receives a certificate of completion from Leavell College of NOBTS and participates in NOBTS' graduation. To date, the program has seen seven (7) graduates. During the early days of the Covid-19 epidemic, the Center did have to shut down for two terms and could not hold our Evangelism Course over the Summer. Leavell College has since directed us to hold classes using CDC social distancing guidelines and mask.
During our recent registration period in September, Dr. DelRio (North Regional Coordinator of Florida for NOBTS & Leavell College) informed us that recent increases to the cost of accreditation at Leavell College would require 8 to 10 students enrolled to have a sustainable cohort. A cohort is the sequence of eight courses needed to reach graduation. Since the Florida Baptist Convention changed their relationship with the NOBTS extension centers, many have closed. According to Dr. DelRio, in 2020, only three certificate centers remain in the North region, with Pasco being one.
Associational Certificate Centers are crucial to the Leadership Development of small to mid-size churches. Not just in the academic experience, but doctrinal comradery and dynamic reflection. The Certificate courses have a Baptist doctrine at their core, giving the student our Baptist heritage to pass on in the communities they serve. These centers, unlike independent online studies, provide local outlets for discussion and reflection.
Offering the Certificate in Biblical Ministry at the local level provides our local church leaders an opportunity for a biblical basis for ministry and tools for adequately interpreting Scripture as the basis for that ministry. The PBA's overall mission is to equip leaders to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandments through the local church and its ministries. However, if we do not have local church participation, the Certificate Program will go away.
An additional benefit of the program is that each year the Seminary sets Core Leadership Goals, the Seminary's Core Leadership Values this term:
1. Doctrinal Integrity: Knowing that the Bible is the Word of God, we believe it, teach it, proclaim it, and submit to it. This course addresses Doctrinal Integrity specifically by preparing students to grow in understanding and interpreting of the Bible.
2. Spiritual Vitality: We are a worshiping community emphasizing both personal spirituality and gathering together as a Seminary family for the praise and adoration of God and instruction in His Word. Spiritual Vitality is addressed by reminding students that a dynamic relationship with God is vital for effective ministry.
3. Mission Focus: We are not here merely to get an education or to give one. We are here to change the world by fulfilling the Great Commission and the Great Commandments through the local church and its ministries. This course addresses Mission Focus by helping students understand the biblical foundations for fulfilling the Great Commission and the Great Commandments.
4. Characteristic Excellence: What we do, we do to the utmost of our abilities and resources as a testimony to the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Characteristic Excellence is addressed by preparing students to excel in their ability to interpret Scripture, which is foundational to effective ministry.
The Course list for the Biblical Ministry Certificate:
•Apologetics - THUS1154
•Baptist Doctrine /Theology - THUS1110
•Church History - THUS1153
•Evangelism - PMUS1110
•Hermeneutics - BIUS1160
•Introduction to New Testament Study - BIUS1150
•Introduction to Old Testament Study - BIUS1110
•Missions - PMUS1117
Class offerings are listed on the Pasco Baptist Association's website under the Leadership Development button. All Classes Meet Mondays 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The library is open at 6:00 PM and closes at 9:30 PM on Mondays
Dr. Allen Pelham
Pasco Baptist Association
Coming 2020 - 2021
Provided we have 10 students the 2021 Cohort begins:
Jan 11 - Feb 15, 2021
Feb 22 - Mar 29, 2021
Baptist Doctrine THUS1110
Apr 5 - May 10, 2021
Church Hisory THUS1153
Summer Class 2021
All Classes are Monday Night 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The PBA will be looking for Medical Doctors, Nurses, and Dentists to equip for an overseas medical clinic coming in 2021.
For more information: CLICK HERE
Is your Church Ready for the expansion?
What is your strategic thinking for discipleship?
Ask yourself, ask your leadership “Who are you discipling?” Can you as a pastor or as church leadership quickly name the 2-5 people you are investing in individually in a discipleship relationship? This is no about taking them through a pre-defined timed program but a consistent, life-on-life discipleship. Growing both as a disciple and disciple-maker is the key to a disciple-making strategic planning process. It is not the new program or another endeavor that will prepare vision clarity. Vision clarity comes in having eyes to see and ears to hear.
Most church leaders would agree that discipleship should be a priority for the church. So what or how is the best way to sustenance the team tasked with designing and executing a system for making and developing disciples and disciple-makers?
Here are a few things that a church can do to help those discipleship leaders keep a church-wide focus on making disciples.
Have clear expectations.
Where does discipleship begin?
How do you measure the making of disciples?
How do you define discipleship for your context?
What does a person becoming more like Christ look like?
What is the structure for helping them get there?
Keep open communication.
How do you help build ownership throughout the staff regarding disciple-making?
How do you maintain unity with leadership team members regarding disciple-making?
Resource with the right tools.
What demonstrates the church’s dedication to making disciples who make disciples?
How does the Churches budget reflect this priority?
With clear expectations, communication, and the right tools; your discipleship team will be set up for success.
The Pasco Baptist Association’s hope and prayer are that we can help plan well for the process by bringing assistance in navigating the vision clarity and strategic planning process for disciple-making in Pasco County.
Dr. Allen Pelham
Pasco Baptist Asscoiation
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