A recent pastoral training event in 2015

(left to right) Jake Shaw, Jesse Shiflet, Bill Hatch, Josh Mello, Kyle Coffin, Kellon Edwards, Jeremy Schnieder, Reese Edwards

Why We Train

 

The Bible is full of passages commanding that we – the body – encourage and train one another to use our spiritual gifts to glorify God, edify the body, and point a lost world to Jesus Christ.

  • Eph 4:11-12  And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…

 

Pastors and teachers (which includes so many members of the body of Christ!) are all to be involved in the training up of the church.

  • Pro 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

 

This is not so much referring to salvation (as many attempt to apply it), but more so to recognizing the gifts God has given our children, and guiding them toward glorifying God by using those gifts for His purposes.

  • 1Co 11:1  Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

 

Paul’s encouragement to the Corinthians was not only that the new believers there would mirror him as he mirrored Christ, but in context, it was meant to teach them to model such a life to others.  In so doing, they will be “training” others to continue in the faith long after God calls them home.

 

At Neighborhood, our pastoral team actively seeks God’s gifts in His people, identify them, train the believer in them, and release every willing member of the body to use his/her gifts as God has designed them.  Additionally, we teach every member of the body to be involved in training others as well.

 

Below is a short list of the kinds of training Neighborhood Church does on a continual basis:

 

Pastoral Training

 

Pastor Kyle Coffin (ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance) has recently completed the first 18-month “Pastoral Training” course for 6 qualified men in the body.  After the first 18 months of concentrated training with all 6 men together, the “on the job training” continues.  Each pastor is gifted differently and has a different set of people within his circle of influence.  Each pastor preaches at NC on a regular basis, and is an active shepherd in the body and surrounding community in various ways.

 

Preaching Training

 

Pastor Kyle has trained up 8 different people in the body to preach God’s Word.  All 8 are actively involved in preaching at NC.

 

Relational Discipleship Training

 

A question is often asked in the church: “Have you ever been discipled?”  The question implies either one-on-one formal discipleship training, or some sort of discipleship course one has completed and has the certificate.  However, the Bible steers clear of “classes” and formal approaches to discipleship.  There is no curriculum, no class, no formal setting to speak of.  This doesn’t mean it’s somehow “wrong” to develop material for that sort of setting.   We simply mention that because it seems the Bible teaches that all members of the body are commanded to be a disciple, and to also disciple others.  Consider the following verses:

  • 2Ti 2:1-2  You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
  • 1Th 2:8  So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
  • Joh 13:34-35 (Jesus said) “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

At Neighborhood Church, we constantly encourage all members of our body to be actively engaged in the discipling of another believer.  This means weekly (ideally) one-on-one time with another person where the overall purpose includes active listening, building of friendship, asking and answering questions with the Bible as the source for all truth, seeking the elders when questions are beyond our understanding, and more.  And if new believers in the body have yet to have that sort of “relational discipleship” experience from which to build on, we encourage them to seek another out for it.

 

Jobs Training

 

Every 3 or 4 months, Neighborhood Church offers a Jobs Training course.  Click here for a detailed description of this ministry.

 

Financial Training (FPU)

 

Church Planting

 

Neighborhood Church’s vision for Tucson is to see dozens of small churches “planted” in neighborhoods across the city.  Neighborhood “churches” tend to begin as home groups, with a trained pastor training others in discipleship, evangelism, worship, prayer, serving one another, and a relational approach to serving the neighborhood in loving, practical ways.

 

 

 

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