Ekklesia: School of Local Church
Ekklesia: School of Local Church, another arm of The Carpenter’s Ministry was established in January, 2005, with the aim of preparing men and women who sense a call to the full time pastoral ministry in the local church.
At its inception, in January 2005, the vision of Ekklesia was a School for the “called out ones,” a School of Local Church, where someone who sensed a call into the fulltime ministry could be trained; a school where 2 Timothy 2:2 could be fulfilled: “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” At that time the focus was to equip men and women for full time ministry (clergy) based in a local Church.
At the end of the 2012/13 School Year, the Lord expanded the vision of Ekklesia to include programs that would give Christians who don’t have a call into full time ministry the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of God and provide them with practical hands on knowledge in certain aspects of Christian endeavour so that they could be effective Christians with results. In order to meet this need, the creation of a curriculum for laity was made. This led to a total restructuring of the curriculum of the school. Thus, Ekklesia now provides instruction on two paths as follows:
Here, we equip believers with a deeper knowledge of the Word of God, and practical, hands on relevant knowledge in various aspects of Christian endeavour including service, leadership, music and business. As Christians, we have “The Blessing advantage” and we are meant to excel in everything we set our hands to. Unfortunately this is not always what we see. The courses of study on the laity path will equip students to excel and maximize their potential in their areas of interest. Only then can we truly shine as believers in the midst of a dark dying world.
It’s a sad sight to see so many sincere young men and women with a call of God upon their lives and yet without any knowledge of what to do next. They wander without purpose and direction because they were never really fully equipped or guided into the most honourable, most rewarding and yet most challenging “job” on earth!
Here, we train men and women for full time pastoral ministry based in a local church. The training is not just theoretical as students have the opportunity to have real practical training in a dynamic, growing, Bible based ministry and mission field. The opportunity to learn and receive impartation at the “feet” of a faculty of men and women of God who have proved their ministries in integrity, simplicity and sincerity over the years is one that the students cherish for a lifetime.
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