Intended for pastors and church leaders, this course focuses on one’s personal intimate spiritual communion with God, as the only firm foundation for ministering in a way that is both pleasing to God and blessed by Him.Note: the course is designed only for the independent study method, without mailing of answers for feedback.
Spiritual Foundations is designed only for independent study, without mailing lessons. We recommend that the student meet occasionally for review with a local pastor, elder, or other mature person, who can answer specific questions and provide personal discipleship feedback.
The course provides guidance for reawakening spiritual hunger and fervor in ministering to others, when the church leader may be feeling like a “dried-up cistern”. The course uses “Words to Winners of Souls” by Bonar to examine the only source for effective ministry: the power of God flowing through us to others via the indwelling Holy Spirit. The reality of our lives, not our performance, makes the difference in eternal results. A strength of the course is a “ministerial confession,” which uses a long list of symptoms (from a Scottish work of 1651) to illumine the true nature of burn-out or complacency in ministry. The final lesson applies the principles to encourage true revival in the heart: not a temporary ‘shot-in-the-arm’, but a clear pointing forward in glorious fellowship with our First Love, Jesus Christ.
Materials: one booklet with separate study guide.
Lesson 1: Importance of “Living Ministry”
Lesson 2: The Minister’s True Life and Walk
Lesson 3: Past Defects
Lesson 4: Ministerial Confession
Lesson 5: Revival in the Ministry
Prerequisite: Currently be in a position of church leadership or teacher of others, or actively preparing for such a role.
“The course, Spiritual Foundations, has marked a real turning point in my life. I am forever indebted to the Lord for your efforts in Him.” - Ansted, West Virginia