As a leader in Christ's church, you are committed to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. You want your church to make its maximum impact for God by winning people to Christ, connecting them to a local church, and building them up in the faith. Talbot School of Theology gives you the tools you need to faithfully make disciples in North America.
- Discover new insights to understand and reach people for Christ.
- Wrestle with what it means to be the church in today's context.
- Develop ideas on how to turn around declining churches.
- Learn how to grow and multiply healthy churches.
- Explore ways to renew established churches.
- Examine approaches for planting multi-ethnic churches.
Year One: Understanding Church Growth and Multiplication (McIntosh & Hunter)
Since the best ministry flows out of sound theology, your first week will be spent learning what the Bible says about growing and multiplying churches. The second week will help you understand the culture in which you minister and the leadership challenges of helping your church grow.
Year Two: How to Build and Rebuild a Church (McIntosh)
In this residency you will explore and evaluate 'cutting edge' church planting strategies designed to create a thriving church. You will also discover how churches that have experienced significant decline can find new life and a wonderful future.
Year Three: Growing Ministries in the 'New World' (McIntosh & Van Engen)
North American has changed and is changing. This residency will help you adapt to these changes. It begins by helping you understand the complexities and possibilities of planting in our increasingly multi-ethnic society. And, since our culture is increasingly 'post-modern,' you will learn how to evangelize and minister among people who are 'absolutely convinced that there are no absolutes.'
The Faculty Mentor
Dr. Gary McIntosh is the Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership at Talbot School of Theology.
As a professor of pastoral ministry, Dr. McIntosh is keenly interested in assisting the pastor to refine his skills. He is a church growth expert who has examined the issue from a variety of perspectives, and edits the Church Growth Points newsletter and the Journal of the American Society for Church Growth. Dr. McIntosh conducts seminars in local churches on the subject of church growth and pastoral leadership. He has published over 100 articles and reviews in Christian magazines and theological journals. He is the author of 16 books including One Size Doesn't Fit All; One Church, Four Generations; Staff Your Church for Growth; and Biblical Church Growth.
Dr. McIntosh has a PhD. from Fuller Theological Seminary, D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary, M.Div. from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, and a B.A. from Rockmont College, now Colorado Christian University.
Dr. George Hunter, as a young seminary student in '62, spent eight weeks sharing his faith with "Muscle Beach" surfers, beatniks, and body builders. They thought he was from another planet; church jargon made little sense to them. That experience sent Hunter on a lifetime quest that has placed him among the world's leading authorities on communicating the Gospel to secular people. A coveted speaker, Dr. Hunter has led seminars for more than 30 denominations in more than 20 different countries. He has authored ten books, including How To Reach Secular People, Church for the Unchurched, Leading and Managing a Growing Church and Radical Outreach - all with Abingdon Press.
Charles Van Engen is an experienced missionary, having served for many years in Mexico. He is an expert in the theology of mission, as well as cross cultural ministry. A prolific author, Van Engen has published many books and papers. His wide-ranging publications include Announcing the Kingdom: The Story of God's Mission in the Bible, Footprints of God: A Narrative Theology of Mission, God So Loves the City, and The Growth of the True Church.