In May we posted about a new opportunity for theological and ministry leadership training that equips people to serve the church in Utah’s unique cultural setting, called Church Birthing Matrix.
The good news is that this program is now being offered free of charge for the inaugural year.
This training is geared for laypersons potentially on a track into vocational ministry, whether as church planters or any ministry role. It is also ideal for those who have already started in ministry but for whom job or family commitments make traditional theological education impractical. We are also happy to enroll Elder-level lay leaders whose ministry in the church would be enhanced by more training.
Cohorts meet every Tuesday night and one Saturday each month, for two academic years. Instruction is provided by live webinar from nationally qualified instructors. Each cohort is led by an experienced local mentor / coach who will help students apply the training in their own ministry setting. We are forming two cohorts in Utah, meeting in Taylorsville (led by Chuck Lovelady, Timpanogos Baptist Church) and Layton (led by Ross Anderson, Alpine Church).
Classes start on September 3 and 7. Registration is open through August 23. Please take time to look over the catalog and course descriptions. Please spread the word to anyone you know who might benefit from this training experience. If you have any questions, contact Ross Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The program is not accredited, because we acknowledge that realistic time commitments for church leaders will not include term papers, tests, and thousands of pages of reading. Also, the emphasis is on actual preparation for ministry rather than meeting institutional requirements.