By the Lord's amazing grace I have the opportunity to branch out of Manila in the summer months with training every Tuesday evening!
This is for pastors in the province areas around Baras. Baras sits east of Manila about 25km.
This group of pastors regularly meet with veteran missionary John Dreisbach. When John heard about AWT's focus on short-term training for expository preaching, he was kind enough to bring me into the regular meetings of these pastors.
John and I with some of the pastors at AWT event in Baras
I will use my 5+ messages on exegetical process & expository sermon prep to give the pastors encouragement in their work.
The plus sign here means we will potentially have 6 messages, but also that they will have opportunity to do outside work in exegetical process and bring it into the class for feedback.
As before in Baguio last November, the messages will focus on the following:
- 1. The Kind of Preacher God Blesses
- 2. Finding the Authorial Intent: parts 1 & 2
- 3. Constructing the Big Idea
- 4. The Joy of an Outline
- 5. Key Parts to Every Message
John drives us out there from Manila and we meet at a small church there and have a meal together as well.
There are 11 pastors and all of them have been serving for 20+ years. All have expressed to John, and now to me, a need for further training to improve their skills. Yet it is far too difficult to attend a training in Manila, which I had heard and also why we take it to them.
In addition, these men are in constant contact with one another to support each other in ministry and family issues.
Pastor Roy sharing concerns over his wife's illness at our fellowship time
Pastor Roy, who uses his church to host the meetings, took time following our first training and during our meal time to share about the condition of his wife. She has a chronic infection and skin problem the doctors have been unable to diagnose.
We spent time in prayer together over this ordeal they are experiencing. Pray for these men, John Dreisbach and myself as we come together tonight for, "Finding the Authorial Intent - part 2".
Video to Get to Know BBS&I Students
Click on the picture to see our 5 minute video of 3rd year BBS&I students sharing their thoughts on their seminary training and plans for ministry after graduation.
Revelation Class final; You might recognize some of these faithful students in the video