The role of the Bible faculty in training the next generation of servant leaders


I will never forget a visit to the Italian Alps a few years ago, during which we were taken to a cave that acted as a secret Walden Bible faculty. (Here are some pictures and videos.)

When you look at church history, one thing becomes clear about how seriously churches focused on the Great Commission have taken on the responsibility of equipping “saints, for the work of the ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ.”

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelicals; and some, pastors and teachers; For the training of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ: (Ephesians 2: 11–12

I like how, as Paul instructed Timothy to teach and equip others, he specified that the plan was to carry on the same things Timothy heard about Paul.

And what ye have heard of me among many witnesses, the same dost thou teach to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also (2 Timothy 2: 2).

Although we have tools at our disposal that early-century Christians could not even dream of, we share their mission and passion: the continuity of truth and the spread of the gospel.

So where does the Bible faculty fit into this process?

In this episode of Underline Spiritual Leadership, I sat down with Toby England, chief academic director of West Coast Baptist College, and Paul Choi, WCBC’s administrative liaison, to discuss the role of Bible college education in service training. Admittedly, we had a bias towards WCBC, but I believe this episode will be helpful to pastors and anyone who feels God’s call to ministry, no matter what Bible college you may be considering.

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