Ministry Training Course

We will be running the following courses in 2024-2025. Courses start w/c 16th September 2024.

  • Ministry Training Course – 29 weeks
    • 1st year  – Thursday day time (Leyland) 
    • 2nd year – Thursday day time (Leyland)
  • Bible Handling Course – 20 weeks
    • 1st year (evening and venue tbc)
These are all numbers dependent so please contact Sara to register your interest.
 

Why we do it

As a Partnership we long to see more people committing themselves to full-time gospel ministry in our churches.

When the Bible is taught God’s voice is heard. Teachers who ‘rightly handle’ the Word of truth are essential in today’s church. Whether in the congregation, home group, children’s or youth groups, indeed wherever the Bible is taught, we need people who can teach God’s Word in the power of the Spirit.

Over 1900 students have now studied on one of our daytime or evening courses over the last 17 years and our prayer is that more people will be raised up to be able to teach God’s word.

What makes it special

  1. Focus on Word Ministry.
  2. First step for a lifetime of ministry.
  3. Accessible and equips ‘lay’ workers in their church to serve their Churches better immediately.
  4. Good fellowship with like-minded people from across our region.
  5. Taught by a dedicated and qualified Bible teacher and trained local church leaders.
  6. A chance to explore a variety of evangelical positions.

It is the partnership in action!

Who’s it for

The courses are one-day-a-week for those who want to understand the Bible better and be equipped to teach it to others. 

Many churches use this as a resource for their Ministry Trainees, as well as for individuals who would like to be trained, and are not in paid ministry.

It is ideal for church workers and apprentices, preachers, gap-year students, youth and children’s workers, home group leaders, women’s workers and those in student ministry, indeed any who are actively involved in teaching the Bible and desire to be better equipped. It is not restricted to those in paid Christian work, we have many people in full time secular appointments who access our evening & Saturday course.

If you are not quite sure, then why not sign up for a FREE Taster Evening. Contact Sara to register your interest and she will contact you with a date when there are enough people registered. There are also testimonials from previous students on our YouTube page 

Structure

1st Year

The daytime course covers: Biblical Theology, Exposition, Practical Ministry and Hands on Training. The evening  courses cover: Biblical Theology, Exposition and Hands on Training. 

  1. Biblical Theology – An overview of the whole Bible, looking at how God’s Word fits together
  2. Exposition – After covering the tools of interpreting and applying the Bible passage there will be worked expositions through a number of Bible books, focusing on how to teach and apply them
  3. Hands on Training – A chance to gain experience in giving talks with feedback from ministers and preachers. After preparing passages in the first term, each student will practise giving talks and feedback
  4. Practical Ministry – Visiting lecturers will bring their own expertise on a whole range of practical aspects of ministry. Subjects include Children & Youth, Evangelism, Christian Leadership, Counselling, Growing Churches

The evening course covers: Biblical Theology and Exposition Training with an optional Hands on Training element. 

  1. Biblical Theology – An overview of the whole Bible, looking at how God’s Word fits together
  2. Exposition – Training on how to use the tools of interpreting and applying the Bible including worked examples through a number of Bible books.
  3. Hands on Training (optional)– A chance to gain experience in giving talks with feedback from ministers and preachers. 
2nd Year
 

The daytime course covers: Systematic Theology, Exposition and Hands on Training, and an in-depth study of Romans. The evening course will cover: In-depth study of Romans, Exposition and Hands on Training.

  1. Systematic Theology – Visiting lecturers will introduce you to key Biblical Doctrines
  2. Exposition – After covering the tools of interpreting and applying the Bible passage there will be worked expositions through a number of Bible books, focusing on how to teach and apply them
  3. Hands on Training – A chance to sharpen your practice talks and feedback skills
  4. An in-depth and interactive study of the book of Romans 
 
Hear what our students have to save about the course content here MTC Content

Cost

  • Daytime courses: £600
  • Evening Courses: £300

Applications received before 31st July will receive a £50 discount.

Late applications (after 10th September) will incur a late fee of £20.00

Speakers

The North West Gospel Ministry Training Course is supported by regular lectures from leaders of North West Gospel Partnership Churches. These include:

  • Mark Simpson
  • Josh Probert
  • Chris Young
  • Peter Roberts
  • Simon Gales
  • Timothy Wickham
  • Steve James
  • Teresa Nixon
  • George Crowder
  • Gerry Straker
  • Steve & Jane Casey
  • Philip Venables
  • Sarah Bradley
  • Nathan Buttery
  • Karen Soole
  • Ben Williamson
  • Sam Dickinson
  • Dan Freeman
  • Simon Griffiths
  • Lloyd Etheridge
  • Paul Baxendale
  • Katy Williams
  • Paul Jump
  • Gordon Hall
  • Applications

    We are welcoming applications for 2024/25 1st and 2nd year daytime courses and expressions of interest for our evening course. Please download and complete the application form below and return by 31st July for a discount of £50.