Equipping the next generation of Disciples of Jesus to transform the Bay Area
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 that 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.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
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 will begin in the Fall of 2019. A Bible Study Course will be required then two courses on theological and biblical topics will be offered each quarter, five weeks each. Classes are given twice each week, on Tuesday evenings and repeated on Wednesday mornings. 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. 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]
Applications for the 2019-21 program are due August 1, 2019.
Selections will be announced by August 15, 2019.
Pastor of Equipping, PBC
A native New Yorker, Jeff has also lived in Dallas, Chicago, and since 1990 in the Bay Area. With his wife Judy, they have two daughters, two son-in-laws, and four grandchildren. Besides having been a pastor for 25 years, he was a seminary professor for 13 years. He received his PhD from Dallas Theological Seminary, and was a founding member of the Gospel Coalition.
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