Hosted at Peninsula Bible Church, the Disciple Foundry is a re-framing of the former Intern Program that has been active at PBC since the 1970s. We seek to establish a new set of leaders who will take on the challenge of transforming the bay for Christ. Leaning on the long, deep history of the original PBC Intern program, the Foundry hopes to expand to reach outside PBC as well as to use the resources available today at PBC to bring a new training program for Christians in the bay area and beyond.
All the teaching is biblically and theologically grounded. We stand upon a truth found in Scripture. The Foundry is a re-framing of the former Intern program that has been active at PBC since 1970.
Courses will merge the theological, biblical and practical. Each topic will be approached through various perspectives and by different teachers. Students will have options for core and elective courses.
Though each will be personally enriched, the goal of the training will be to equip us to minister to others. We will be equipping people to serve within the body of Christ.
9 CORE VALUES
- A comprehensive understanding of the Gospel
- A vibrant presence of the Spirit in ministry
- A compassionate perspective of sin
- A message that is contextualized to different cultures and generations
- A foundational truth that never changes
- A vital ministry of intercession and prayer
- An extraordinary life of grace within ourselves, our families, church, and society
- A community that mutually encourages and exhorts one another
- A deep understanding of faith in Christ that is the basis of our salvation, and results in the transformational work of God through us
The Program began in the Fall of 2019. A Bible Study Course is required then two courses; one on theological and one on biblical topics will be offered each quarter, five weeks each. Classes are given twice each week, on Tuesday evenings and repeated on Wednesday mornings. (by Zoom during the pandemic) Students can attend either class, to allow flexibility for individual schedules. In addition, each class will be recorded and the audio made available to students who miss both in-class offerings (see below for this content). We may also offer electives during the 2-year period, given on Sunday mornings or weekday evenings; these may count toward the program’s completion.
To obtain the two-year program certification the following requirements must be met
- A total of 12 courses must be taken – electives can be counted toward this total allowing you to define your course selection based on your needs.
- For each course, only 1 class may be missed and the audio recording must be used to make up the content. All homework must be done, even on missed classes.
- Students will be mentored individually and must meet with their mentors at least twice each quarter of the program.
- Each course is offered pass/fail – missed classes, missed homework and lack of make-up of classes or assignments may cause a student to fail a course. Courses may be repeated until completion of certificate.
Although a two year program, students can enter in any Fall Quarter.
Courses may be audited in any quarter by anyone. If auditing, no homework will be required, although for maximum benefit students are encouraged to do the homework assignments. Audited courses will not be counted toward certification.
Completed applications can be mailed to the PBC main office or scanned and emailed to [email protected]
The application process for the 2019-21 program has concluded
See a full course listing in the syllabus.
For those wishing to audit, please complete our audit registration form for each course you plan to take.
Resources for the Student
- Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance (based on KJV)
- The New American Standard Concordance
- Harris, Archer, Waltke. Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (2 volumes)
- Theological Dictionary of New Testament Words
|http://bible.crosswalk.org/||Excellent site that includes many different versions, commentaries, dictionaries, interlinear bible (English with Greek/Hebrew), and other tools|
|http://blueletterbible.org/||Another site with many tools. The interlinear bible is particularly helpful on this site.|
|http://net.bible.org/||Home of the NET Bible translation with extensive notes on why certain translation decisions were made. Other tools available as well.|
|http://www.biblegateway.com/||Offers translations in many languages. Does not offer as many tools or original language helps.|
Introductions usually contain background information
To research theological themes prevalent in book/passage
- Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology
- Theological Dictionary of New Testament (TDNT)
- Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament (TDOT)
- A Biblical History of Israel, Iain Provain
- Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, Kenneth Bailey