Gardendale Church of Christ
(The application for the preacher training program follows the statement of purpose.)
The purpose of this preacher training program is to follow the admonition of the apostle Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:1-2; “Therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit the same to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
The goals of the program are:
- Establish young men in the work of preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Assist young men in developing a strong faith in Jesus Christ.
- Create a desire on the part of young men to preach the word.
- Create an atmosphere within the church of Christ at Gardendale where its members encourage the training and direction of young men in their efforts to be preachers of the gospel.
- Prepare young men to be fully equipped to engage in the work of an evangelist at the local congregation.
This preacher training program is under oversight of the eldership of the church of Christ at Gardendale. Our specific commitments toward this program are as follows:
- Employ a young man for the period of one quarter (3 months) to be renewable at the end of each quarter as the eldership deems necessary.
- Design and implement a preacher training program that will prepare a young man to engage in the work of an evangelist at a local congregation.
- Interview and evaluate possible candidates for this program.
- Select young men to work within the program who have the spirit, determination and will engage in study and training at the church of Christ at Gardendale.
- Establish and pay a salary sufficient for the needs of each candidate.
- Assist in finding a home in which to live for the period of time each candidate will be at Gardendale. (As necessary)
General commitments of the trainee:
- Agree to work with the church of Christ at Gardendale for the designated period.
- Agree to engage in studious work of studying, learning and preaching God’s word.
- Agree to follow the guidelines outlined by the elders at Gardendale.
Specific commitments of the trainee:
- Engage in weekly Bible studies with our local evangelists.
- Meet with the elders monthly to discuss and evaluate the work.
- Preach two sermons monthly at Gardendale.
- Review and discuss sermons with the local evangelists in an effort to receive feedback on the work.
- Preach at surrounding congregations as opportunities become available.
- Conduct Bible classes as scheduled by the elders or deacons at Gardendale.
- Develop and conduct the quarterly prayer service.
- Present an example of faithfulness in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12).
- Give attention to reading, exhortation and to the doctrine of God (1 Timothy 4:13).
Specific commitments of our local evangelists (at the present time, Terry Benton and Bennie Williams):
- Establish a weekly schedule with the trainee to ensure all training and work is completed in a timely manner.
- Work with the trainee before and after sermons to develop:
- Sermon preparation (construction).
- Sermon presentation (audio and visual).
- Use of Powerpoint.
- Provide tips in developing a library and filing of sermons.
- Study one-on-one with each trainee. Develop study techniques and show how to:
- Study topically.
- Sudy textually.
- Study expositorily.
- Work on writing techniques and the publication of bulletin articles.
- Discuss outlines, material and presentation for funerals and weddings.
- Work on public class preparation and presentation.
- Discuss how to deal with difficult issues both in preaching and counseling.
- Discuss and demonstrate how to develop relationships with every member of the congregation (elders, deacons, women and young people).
- Work on how to conduct home Bible studies.
- Discuss the practical exercise of baptism.
Final admonition to young preachers:
“Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you. Practice those duties, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress. Take heed to yourself and to your teaching; hold to that, for by doing so you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1Timothy 4:12-16)