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I pastor in a independent church setting, but my training and education for ministry was under a denominational setting. I am looking for a good minister development program that I can use in my current setting. I currently have individual who would like to develop more in ministry work, but are currently unable to go through a collage setting structure. I am looking for some type of program that I can help lead these individual through a process of ministry development. Any ideas?

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Comment by Jenni Biegler on March 27, 2011 at 7:09pm
Kind of refreshing to see someone asking this question.  I see a lot of people in ministry who are "winging it" and who don't last long because they are not adequately prepared for the challenges of ministry.  One thing that I've seen fall by the wayside far too often is the importance of establishing accountability and support for those in ministry.  And I've seen a fair amount of people who could not get along with the church or their senior pastor, move into pastoring their own churches.  Lots of unhealthy models out there.
Comment by Richard Jackson on March 24, 2011 at 4:40pm
Mark thanks for you feedback.
Comment by Mark Gomez on March 18, 2011 at 1:33pm


Do you have the money for extensive curriculum or is there a limited budget? I know that some schools like Moody Bible Institute have some free resources and even some level of education for free. It could be good to start there. Otherwise, I have worked in the following order.

 - Establish a solid theology (nothing fancy, just the important foundational stuff like God, etc.)

 - Establish solid Bible study habits, including training in Inductive Bible Study Method.

 - Establish solid prayer, meditation, and quiet times.

 - Establish patterns of study for preparing Bible studies and sermons.

 - Begin allowing them to teach at minimal situations like small groups, etc. and then critique. This then progresses into other areas as they grow and develop until they teach a Sunday morning.

 - Training in counseling: personal, marital, addiction, and crisis counseling. The studies in marriage issues I have them work through the books together with their wives. It strengthens their marriage and helps their wives be on the same page with marital issues. (5 Love Languages, Love and Respect, etc.) If you can afford to have them trained and licensed with Prepare and Enrich, they can use their marital survey materials and this will make marriage counseling easier as well as more directed.

 - Begin allowing them to take on easier counseling type situations and progressively allow more difficult situations.

 - Along with all of this during the whole of training, they are laboring at the church at every opportunity doing work projects such as remodeling, property maintenance, etc. so they have a sense of service to the Body of believers. They need a servant’s heart.

 - Along the way I am also having them take on ministry projects like leading outreach teams, organizing and doing assistance for the poor, etc. This provides them with hands on ministry efforts and also provides them with opportunities to represent the church.

 - Along the way I am also constantly taking the time to work through all of their studies and efforts with them so I can provide them more direct and personal application for whatever stage of training they are in.

 - When they have been working and training for a long period of time (1 -1/2 years), I set up opportunities to perform funerals and a wedding.

 - Before the two years (approx) is over, they will have had to work in as many areas of ministry as possible like youth ministry, children’s ministry, benevolence, etc. In this way they will have a more rounded understanding of the functioning of the church and some concept of what it takes to make it all work.


I know this is a fairly long response, but I wanted to give you some idea of what I am doing. It is not everything, but it is a general overview. By picking your own books it provides you with the latitude for providing something for their education level and also what is more directed to your denominational and personal view of ministry.


Mark Gomez

Comment by Richard Jackson on March 15, 2011 at 2:17pm


I am looking for something that is in-depth at the level of developing someone for ministry as a pastoral staff member or even the beginning stages of a pastor. I have use lay leadership courses and I am current setting up with Bible Training Group out of Tucker, GA which runs a program that unfolds over two plus years. So any infor you have would be helpful.

Comment by Mark Gomez on March 15, 2011 at 12:49pm

Richard, I have interned some folks here in our fellowship. How in-depth and detailed do you want this training to be? My current program is a two year project that leads to ordination. The people I am training are serious about ministry and want to go somewhere with their training.  Blessings

Comment by Charles Kasumba on March 11, 2011 at 12:00pm

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