What We Teach…
During the second school year the teachings get very practical. They are aimed to equip students, and offer essential principles for starting and leading new ministries. Here of a few courses that we teach as part of the second school year:
- Target group analysis: Putting together profiles of selected target groups, and learning to develop strategies on how to reach those people with the gospel.
- Urban ministry: Studying Worldwide trends, God’s view on cities, poverty, social issues, evangelistic strategies, and how to cope with city life.
- Pioneering principles: Examining models, strategies, and start-up cycles. Developing vision and mission, apostolic ministry, and more.
- Discipleship principles: Incorporating biblical teaching on discipleship, developing a discipleship course for targeted groups (team exercise), and analyzing existing discipleship programs.
- Biblical leadership: Studying leaders of the old and new testament, leadership models, elders and deacons, the role of women in leadership, delegating leadership, and the personality of a leader.
- Team selection: Finding, forming, nurturing, and supporting a team, conflict management, and effective co-work.
- Healthy living: Discovering personal time with God, and His diversity. Avoiding burn-out, the role of family in ministry, personal reflection, ways out of a crisis, and temptations.
- Biblical literature studies: In depth study and analyzation of the books in the bible (i.e., Hebrews and 1 Corinthians).
Every month there are assignments for further reading on selected topics.
As part of the second school year, students will also have the task (individually or as a team) of choosing a target group, and applying what they learn in the lessons to their target group. This could be a country, people group, or a certain age bracket to whom students feel particularly called. At the end of the year, everyone has the opportunity to present their observations to the team.
Chris Breuers, BMS teacher: "What does God’s plan with this world have to do with my life? Many never really take this question seriously, or by the time they think about it, they are wrapped up in all kinds of distractions and trivialities. The things that are on God’s heart should determine what counts in our lives. Our personal calling always has something to do with God’s worldwide master plan. The BMS is a great opportunity to discover what your part is."