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2017 Teachers Service Team Meeting Report

The Teachers Service Team met in early April in Dallas of 2017.

Here are the items we discussed:

The Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology (RMSMT) 

We began with a report from Glenn Giles, the director of the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology in Denver. The school offers both online and hybrid (online and face-to-face) classroom courses toward three state authorized Master’s degrees, one in Christian Ministry and one in Biblical Studies and now a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies with Languages (Greek and Hebrew). The school also in its relationship with Lincoln Christian University provides for students to transfer up to half of the credits taken at RMSMT toward LCU accredited Masters degrees in ministry and theology, including specifically the Master of Arts in Bible and Theology and the Master of Divinity degrees. We have just had our first RMSMT student (Jan Louie Uy) transfer graduate credits into the LCU Master of Arts in Bible and Theology program.

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Many students are taking advantage of this affordable means of getting training in Bible study. Third World students are taking courses for one-fourth the tuition or less than first world students pay. It is one of our main mission goals to provide affordable graduate Bible and Ministry education to third world students. Students from the third world are very grateful for the online courses. They can have online discussions and learn from one another.

The school has been asked to create a Bachelors program. The certificate program is on hold right now as we look more at the Bachelor’s degree program for worldwide students. We had two students who began our trial certificate program but neither one has completed their first course successfully so we have discontinued the certificate program. What we are looking at doing is creating a regular MTA program here in Denver separate from the graduate or undergraduate programs of RMSMT. It would be for those students who may not be able to do graduate study or who do not want to do the full blown graduate or undergraduate level programs. But this has to be developed and would not be in our RMSMT catalog. It would be a separate entity.

Rolan Monje commented, “There has been an increase in interest for Bible knowledge in the last few years. This is especially true for older Disciples. The international component gives extra ‘sinews’ for connecting the worldwide moment. The students appreciate the teachers being active ministers.”

Steve Kinnard commented, “The school allows students to get a degree for a much reduced price before getting into Lincoln Christian University accredited degree program. The international fellowships brings a great dynamic to the online discussion. It is mutually beneficial for 1st and 3rd world partners.”

Dr. Glenn Giles is to be commended for the work he has put into the school. It was his dream to launch a theological school among our movement of churches, and the dream has become a reality.

Some of the accomplishments this year:

  1. Student enrollment has now increased to 46 students, half of which are first world students and half of which are third world students. We now have students in the Philippines, Singapore, Kenya, Nigeria, India, Bangladesh, UK, Haiti, and the US.
  2. We had our first transfer of credits of one of our students to LCU validating the quality of our programs are on a level equivalent with regional accreditation standards.

Ministry Training Academies (MTA)

The Teachers Service Team completed a core curriculum of twelve classes for our MTAs across the world.  The curriculum was approved by the Evangelists and Elders teams. Many MTAs have been started in various regions of the world. 

Most recently a MTA was started in Lagos, Nigeria to train and educate interns throughout English-speaking West Africa. Fred George is directing this school. 

Also, Steve Brown reports from Ecuador:

This year we started teaching the MTA curriculum online in Spanish for the South American churches (with the help of Sebastian Sierra and the help of a number of other teachers). We are talking with Glenn Giles about becoming the Spanish arm of the Denver school. We had over 200 students sign up for the first course.

We plan on making a directory of the schools in the near future. We also plan on making a directory of the recognized teachers across our churches. 

Committee Reports

  • Women’s Committee
    • A committee has been formed to research the women’s role from a biblical perspective and to discuss ways that the gifts of women can be utilized in a greater way to glorify God and strengthen our churches.
    • Although we have spent time discussing this issue, no paper has been started. Some of the teachers in the Chicago church and the US Midwest churches have been working on a paper.  We need to spend more focused and directed time on this important topic.
  • Technology
    • We continue to use various teaching platforms like Blackboard to get classes to our people.
  • Teacher Development
    • Valdur Koha encouraged us to take a fresh look at what we want to accomplish here. Some congregations, like Boston, do have programs where teachers are being trained. Steve Kinnard asked us to take a look globally. Steve has been training teachers in Africa and the Caribbean.
    • We should ask:
      • What goals can be set for regional families?
      • What are the regional needs?
      • What are best practices?
      • What are the best models?
    • Also, we must have local buy-in for this to be effective. It is crucial that we work with regional chairmen for this to make progress.
  • Disputable Matters & Hermeneutics
    • Although this has been a committee for years, we aren’t any closer to working on a paper than we were years ago. Although we understand the importance of the topic and some of us have written individually on the topic, it is difficult to get momentum as a group here. This is where a lack of resources hurts us. Most of us are working as full time staff in the ministry and doing the teaching ministry. If we could only focus on teaching, then these projects would be easier.
  • International Teachers Seminar/Biblical Study Tour
    • In October of 2016 Douglas Jacoby, Steve Kinnard, and Joey Harris co-led the 2016 Biblical Study Tour to the Holy Land. Everyone had a great time walking in the steps of Jesus. The highlight for most people was the Sunday church service with prayer time in the Garden of Gethsemane.
    • In August of 2017 Jacoby and Kinnard will lead another tour. 85 people from 20 different countries are attending.  The weather will be hot, but that will not not squelch the spirit of the participants.
    • Another tour is scheduled for late October of 2018. Information can be found at https://www.douglasjacoby.com/2018-biblical-study-tour/
    • We are discussing hosting a Teachers Conference alongside one of our upcoming Teachers Service Team meeting in 2018 or 2019. Be on the lookout for more information concerning this Teachers Conference.
  • Divorce and Remarriage: A paper on marriage, divorce, and remarriage has been completed. It has been sent to the evangelists and elders service teams for review.  After they review the paper, it will be posted for everyone to read and use.
  • Congregational Teaching: We want to capture and highlight what is going on currently in many of our churches. Some churches are doing an excellent job here. Resources are being created, but we need a way to advertise and distribute these resources.
  • Church Discipline Taskforce: A template and some background has been generated. We must figure out a way to disseminate this material to other people.
  • The Teachers Corner: The Teachers Service team has a presence on Disciples Today. It is called The Teachers Corner. Tammy Fleming has done an amazing job on this project. The material can also be found at teachicoc.org. We want to continue to add material to these sites.

ICOC 3.0

A big part of the April meeting was the discussion ICOC 3.0. Ed Anton opened our discussion with a couple of questions: Why is it needed for us to do this rethink for ICOC 3.0? How can we do a better job of bringing Jesus to the entire world? Then Ed suggested, “We must try to forge something very different from what we have done in the past–The cooperation of hierarchy with the benefits of autonomy.”

Here are a few points that were made by various people during our discussion:

  • Is the delegates system working?
  • We must ask the question–Is what we are doing working well? 1.5% growth is low with no plan or expectation for change.
  • We have lost a mantra as a movement. Our problem is not leadership. In Boston, discipleship was fantastic and simple. In ’86 to ’88 we grew fastest when we were assimilating as a movement. In ’97 Europe, Africa and the Middle East got stretched. We must revive the moment. That is more important than the structure. We must be clear about what our problem is. It takes 25 disciples to make a disciple now.
  • We don’t seem to be united on a global vision. What is the best global vision for us as a movement. Is there better wording that inspires us. What is our ethos and mantra?
  • We have set structure for the solution, but many people in our churches don’t understand what the problem really is. We have a concern about understanding the structure versus the mission. We are missing the component of diversity, younger people, and women in this meeting
  • We need cooperation and purpose. We must be cooperative with a structure that has a clear function.

Conclusion 

This discussion was healthy and vibrant. The next couple of days were spend in small group discussions on the topic.

To help prepare everyone for the ICOC 3.0 discussions, the Teachers Service Team was tasked with developing a few video lessons. The following brothers did an excellent job with their presentations:

  • Ed Anton – Cooperation in the New Testament 
  • Steve Staten – Cooperation, A Look Through the Church History
  • Gordon Ferguson – Cooperation and Autonomy, a Comparison
  • Valdur Koha – Organizing For the Future

Teachers Service Team Subcommittees:

  • Teacher Development. Valdur Koha, chair
    •        Steve Kinnard, Joey Harris, Rolan Monje
  • Congregational Teaching. Ed Anton, chair
    •        Fred Faller, Douglas Jacoby, Joey Harris
  • Technology. Arturo Elizarraras, chair
    •        Joey Harris
  • Accreditation/RMSMT: Glenn Giles, chair
    •        Steve Kinnard
  • Disputable Matters and Hermeneutics: Steve Staten, chair
    •        Douglas Jacoby, Joey Harris, Kay McKean, Steve Kinnard
  • Women’s Teaching Ministry. Kay McKean, Deb Anton, co-chair
    •        Suzette Lewis
  • International Teachers Seminar: Douglas Jacoby, chair
    •        Steve Kinnard
  • Divorce and Remarriage, a re-examination. Valdur Koha, chair
    •        Steve Kinnard, Suzette Lewis, Courtney Bailey
  • Church Discipline: Steve Staten, chair
    •        Deb Anton, Glenn Giles
  • Women’s Role
    •        Deb Anton, Suzette Lewis, Kay McKean, Steve Kinnard, Courtney Bailey
  • Teachers' Corner
    •        Tammy Fleming

Members of the Teachers Service Team:

Ed Anton, chair, Virginia Beach

Dr. Deb Anton, Virginia Beach

Kay McKean, Northern Virginia

Steve Brown, Buenos Aries

Steve Staten, Chicago 

Dr. Douglas Jacoby, Atlanta

Joey Harris, Augusta

Andy Fleming, Kiev

Tammy Fleming, Kiev 

Dr. Glenn Giles, Denver

Fred Faller, Boston

Valdur Koha, Boston

Courtney Bailey, Kingston

Arturo Elizarraras, Mexico City

Suzette Lewis, Toronto

Dr. Rolan Monje, Manila

Dave Pocta, San Antonio 

Dr. Steve Kinnard, New York

Teachers' Corner Logo

The Teachers Service Team would like to thank Daniel Berk, for his creative expertise and service, in producing our current Teachers' Corner Logo. Thank you so much, Daniel! 

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Daniel is an author and blogger at his website, www.danielcberk.com. His latest book, 31 Days of Prayer was written to mature Christians and first-time seekers alike to urge all to a life of more faithful and consistent prayer. He has a B.A. in History with a minor in Philosophy, and he is in the middle of studying to receive his Master’s in Theology. During the week, Daniel is the Marketing Strategist and Web Designer at Therafin Corporation in Frankfort, Illinois.

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Worldwide Update from the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology

February 2017

 
This has been a great year so far for our Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology (www.rmsmt.org) . Last year (January 2016) we expanded our outreach globally with the initiation of our online program to train ICOC students and staff around the world. Since beginning our first class in September 2015 with 7 students, our student population (not counting auditors) has now grown over 500% to 37 students. Of the 37 students we now have enrolled in the school 16 are first world students and 21 are third world students. We now have students from India, Nigeria, Kenya, the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Granada, Bangladesh, as well as the USA. Many of these (especially those in the third world) are evangelists, church staff members, and even HOPE Worldwide workers.

At this time we have three world hubs in addition to our Denver base. These include our hub in India monitored by Roger Mathew, our hub in Africa monitored by Fred George, and our hub in the Philippines and SE Asia monitored by Dr. Rolan Monje.  At this time we are also working with Sebastian Serra in Argentina and others to develop a Latin American Hub for which we plan to have our courses translated into Spanish.
 
The number of our courses continues to grow. For the remainder of this year we plan to offer Church History taught by Dr. Steve Kinnard beginning next month and Biblical Archaeology in the Summer with Dr. Bill Moulden. This Fall we are planning to offer The Theology and Practice of Family Ministry (professors TBA) in conjunction with our Denver All Generations Conference over Labor Day weekend. We also plan to offer Christian Theology and World Religions taught by Dr. Douglas Jacoby this September through December. Future new classes include Biblical Hermeneutics, Jesus and Spiritual Formation, Biblical Discipleship, NT Greek and Exegesis, OT Hebrew and Exegesis, and more.

 

RMSMT Psalms class, Summer 2016: Dr. Glenn Giles (4th from left), Dr. Rolan Monje (5th from left) with students

RMSMT Psalms class, Summer 2016: Dr. Glenn Giles (4th from left), Dr. Rolan Monje (5th from left) with students

We are continuing to work to strengthen our relationship with Lincoln Christian University. As of right now we have 6 graduate courses that we have received solid verbal approval for transfer into their accredited programs should students decide they wish to transfer there to receive a fully accredited degree. Lincoln Christian University is continuing to working with us on this to help us maximize the number of courses that we are able to transfer to them. 
 
Beginning this fall (2017) we are planning to create a new Master's Degree Program: Master of Arts in Biblical Studies with Languages. This new degree will be a 48 semester hour degree which will require 6 hours of Hebrew language as well as 6 hours of New Testament Greek in addition to the 36 hours already required for the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree we now offer. Once students have taken these languages we will then also be able to develop Bible courses that study the books in their original languages. We believe that it is very important that our future (and present) leaders have a good understanding of the original biblical languages to help deepen their understanding of the Bible, ministry, and service for our Lord.
 
In order to support all of these programs, we are developing a 5 year financial plan. Since one of our major goals is to provide affordable online third world church leadership training, we hope, as part of the 5 year plan, to secure monetary help from churches and individuals in this missionary effort. We wish to be able to continue to give Third World students at least a 75% discount on tuition. If you know of churches or individuals or other entities who may want to help support us in this endeavor, please let us know (glenn@rmsmt.org).
 
Blessings and Joy to you all!
 
Glenn Giles, M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Bible, Lincoln Christian University
Director of the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology

2016 Teachers Service Team Meeting Reports

March 2016 Meeting

The first service team meeting of 2016 was in March. The primary discussion for this meeting was the women’s role. The teachers are studying the biblical role of women and how we can better utilize the gifts of women in our churches. The Women’s Service Team asked us to consider this topic.

March 22, 2016

First day discussion: How can we best utilize the gifts of women in our ministries?

The following are various thoughts that were expressed by various sisters and brothers during this discussion:

•   The prophet Joel says the Spirit will be poured out on sons and daughters. We need to bring Jesus to the forefront and see how Jesus was with women. It’s not about women empowerment; it’s about how we can further the cause of Jesus.

•   This topic is a crucial topic that deserves our attention.

•   There’s not an active elevation of the women’s role happening in our churches. We’ve articulated the path to become a Bible talk leader, evangelist, elder, but not a woman who wants to pursue a role in the church. Girls grow up in the church, and they see the role of men elevated. What about our women? The hope is to learn together and have a wider discussion, not in pockets so we’re not repeating each other.

•   It would help if we came up with a consistent hermeneutic before we move to pastoral concerns.

•   Our biggest challenge is gender as it relates to the church or being a millennial in the church. If we ask our kids what they think about this topic, they will speak their mind.

•   We need to discover a biblical, Christ-centered path for women to use their gifts in the church. We’ve inherited a viewpoint and taught it all over the world.

•   The majority of the members of our churches are female. Often discussions about women’s role are about what they cannot do. We need to change the conversation.

•   We need to ask a respectful, humble question: What did God intend? We’re brothers and sisters in Christ first and foremost. The call to lead and the call to follow are equally challenging.

 

Hot issues on the topic:

•   Women speaking in the church

•   Women teaching in the assembly

•   Multi-cultural sensitivity

•   Discipling – women discipling brothers  

•   Offices in the church; church polity

•   Role of the women’s ministry leader

•   Positions in the world; secular authority

•   Women leading in worship

•   Disintegration of family impacting women in the church

•   Mutual respect between women and men

•   OT heroines who had offices and authority

•   Abigail who discipled a king

•   Cross-cultural assessment of our church culture

•   Generational concerns

•   Social trends and women’s role

•   Cultural values and women’s role

•   How we often reflect what’s going on in society in the church

•   Church in the Bible is often counter-cultural. How does this play in the counter-cultural trends in the Bible regarding treatment of women? 

The various passages that need to be studied:

•   Luke 8

•   1 Corinthians 11

•   Priscilla & Aquila

•   Acts 21:9, Philip’s 4 daughters

•   Acts 16, Lydia

•   Samaritan woman, John 4

•   Mary Magdalene

•   Marys of the resurrection

•   Mary of Bethany, Luke 10

•   Poor widow and her two mites

•   Anna prophetess

•   Mary the mother of God

•   Matt 12:49, disciples including women

•   Romans 16, 40% of Paul’s greetings in a male-dominated society are to women

•   1 Corinthians 9

•   Rhoda

•   Euodia & Syntyche

•   1 Thessalonians 2

•   Proverbs 8

•   Revelation 12

•   Covenant of circumcision was for men only, but baptism was for men and women.

What are the big questions in the ICOC fellowship that we need to answer?

•   Can a woman be an elder?

•   Can a woman be an evangelist?

•   Can a woman speak in church in a mixed company in a mixed audience?

•   Can a woman pray in the assembly?

Assignment of passages to be studies to various people:

•   1 Cor 11 – Andy Fleming

•   1 Tim 2  – Kay McKean, Gordon Ferguson, Courtney Bailey

•   1 Cor 14 – Courtney Bailey, SteveKinnard

•   Titus 2 – Suzette Lewis

•   Write two-page papers on these scriptures

Wednesday March 23, 2016

Reports:

•   At the Southwest Ministry retreat the leaders decided to begin a MTA program for the Southwest family of churches.

•   Gabe Santos who was the Dean of Sociology at Lynchburg College is leaving to be on the full time staff in Richmond, VA.

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•   Teachers’ Blog on Disciples Today

◦                   Roger Lamb has invited us to set up a teachers’ blog on Disciples Today. This would be a centralized teachers’ blog that all teachers can contribute to.

◦                   Director/Editor: Tammy Fleming

◦                   Vetting – Joey Harris, Steve Kinnard, Andy Fleming

◦                   Everyone on the teachers team should send 2-3 articles.

•   Teacher Development:

◦                   We need a catalogue of teachers. This catalogue would be a roster of teachers’ locations and their specialty. We should track people who want to be recognized as teachers.

◦                   Andy Fleming volunteered to help with this.

◦                   Everyone should send Andy the names, locations, and the speciality of teachers in your church family.

◦                   Let’s find out where we have Schools of Ministry/Missions, MTAs, who’s the director, and what work is being done in those MTAs.

◦                   Teachers need to be recognized by their local ministry.  This was discussed in teachers’ paper. Congregations recognize teachers in different ways and that’s fine. We want the local ministry to recognize the person.

•   Teachers Working with Local Ministries:

◦                   How can we as teachers help with local churches to accomplishing their mission? What are ways we are trying to influence people. How can we help people grow and mature?

◦                   How can we help grow leaders and mature members?

▪                                     Dave Pocta answered, we can begin with our children. How do we build faith in our teens? We use character studies, but is that best? The problem with some of our kids is that they grow up in the church, and they already have an inbred performance theology. When we do character studies, they have this idea that I have to become perfect or good enough before I am allowed to do the real studies. This creates a huge gap. Unfortunately, in our local ministries our youngest, least experienced interns are often feeding content to our teens. We need to write new material that is more God-oriented.

▪                                     Ed Anton mentioned, in our local ministries we need to develop a hermeneutic of grace to make sure we don’t create these performance hurdles.We need to create church growth resources. The ACR has the Body Builders, Meat Eaters, and Cross Bearers classes on their Commonwealth Academy. We should collect personal ministry victories of teachers and post on the blog, Teachicoc.org website. Share on the blog something that is going on in your church where teachers are being used to grow the church. 

Back Row, L-R: Valdur Koha, Joey Harris, Courtney Bailey, Rolan Monje, Steve Staten, Steve Brown, Douglas Jacoby, Andy Fleming, Glen Giles, Ed Anton (chair), Dave Pocta, Steve Kinnard; Front Row, L-R: Kay McKean, Suzette Lewis, Tammy Fleming, Debra Anton. 

Back Row, L-R: Valdur Koha, Joey Harris, Courtney Bailey, Rolan Monje, Steve Staten, Steve Brown, Douglas Jacoby, Andy Fleming, Glen Giles, Ed Anton (chair), Dave Pocta, Steve Kinnard; Front Row, L-R: Kay McKean, Suzette Lewis, Tammy Fleming, Debra Anton. 

July 2016 Meeting in St. Louis

We invited several young prospective teachers to be a part of the meeting in St. Louis. The Teachers Service Team wanted to get the perspective of Millennials.

•   Daniel Burke – Charleston, SC

•   TJ Parisi – New York

•   Bobby Ritter – St. Louis

•   Matt Fisk – Virginia Beach

•   Katie Fisk – Virginia Beach

•   Talia Laing – Raleigh, NC

The Teachers Service Team, an explanation

We want to train more teachers. We want to be a service team that not only looks at difficult passages but also meets needs in the ministry. We want to teach our teachers how to develop more teachers. We want to build relationships globally with the teaching ministry and share resources with one another. We want to establish Ministry Training Academies in every region of our movement. We want to help those who have the gift of teaching to use it in a great way for God

James 3:1 reads, “Not many of you should be teachers, my brothers and sisters, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” We recognize that the teaching ministry is not for everyone. Teaching is a gift. Jesus was a rabbi, Paul spoke of himself as a teacher. The teaching role is a great role in the church, but it’s not not for everyone. There is a stricter, greater judgment. Criticism comes your way. James gives a stern warning to be careful when you teach. Speech has the ability to bless and the potential to encourage and build up. There is also the potential for false teaching.

In our context today with social media, what you say is out there forever and judgment goes on and on.

Teachers have influence in our churches. Our own Douglas J probably has traveled to more churches in our movement of churches than anyone else. And he has traveled as a teacher. Teaching opens door for us to share with people. There is a respect that is given to teachers, therefore, we have a great responsibility.

We want to create an atmosphere of admiration for one another in the teaching ministry and encourage one another to use our gifts to the utmost for God. There is no competition within this service team. We want the best for each other.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as a teacher. What you can teach? Then, get about doing that. Write a blog, teach a small group, develop a course for the church.

Some good news

•   Dave Pocta – the MTAs in Africa are on a six-year cycle. They conduct two programs per year, and are just coming into their first graduates. They are working on a college credit accreditation program in South Africa. Many of the church leaders have to have some kind of formal training in Africa, so these courses help to meet that requirement.

•   Ed  Anton – we’ve put our 70th person into the full time ministry out of Commonwealth Academy. Many of them are middle-aged secular folks who decided to re-evaluate their lives and serve in a full time way.

•   Joey Harris – The North River church started the Atlanta School of Ministry in conjunction with AIM. Many young leaders in their 20s are attending. Columbia South Carolina started a Columbia School of Ministry. They’ve had 3 sessions for their staff. They are inviting teachers from other parts of the Southeast to attend.

•   Steve K – in NY we have a ministry training program for college students. It’s a three-year program. The students do two courses at the Hope camp with students from the ACR. Teachers are Ed Anton, Dr. Deb Anton, Dr. Steve Kinnard, Dr. Gabe Santos ,Brett Miller, and others. If a student joins the program at beginning of their sophomore year, they can graduate the MTA the same time as they graduate college.

•   Joey Harris reported for Courtney Bailey — the Damien Jean Baptiste Caribbean School of Ministry is now in the second year of classes. They have two campuses, the Eastern and the Western Caribbean. The entire ministry staff, plus many members, elders, and deacons are involved. The classes are held in Trinidad and Jamaica. Courtney is a full time lawyer with young children, and he helps out with church. Then, he directs the school of ministry, and if that’s not enough, he’s a PhD student in biblical studies.

Discussion on Women Using their Gifts for God

We want to continue to explore the most effective ways women can use their gifts in the church. Also, how can we as a TST help to facilitate women using their gifts? We want to promote Biblical literacy for women and help women continue to increase their love for the Bible. We know that women need to have their voices heard. We all agree that men and women are equal in God’s sight. However their roles are not interchangeable. The boundaries set by God are intended to enhance us.

The goal is to decide what we agree upon and what we will practice across all our churches.

Monday, July 4 2017 – Day 2 Teachers Service Team

We discussed possible topics to be studied in the future:

•   Teachers Directory which focuses on people who are teachers, up and coming teachers, programs in existence, and developing online resources for people to use.

•   How to reach the younger generation.

•   The tithe, offering, and stewardship. Ed and Andy are interested in this.

•   Our church as a movement. An Evaluation. Steve Staten – renaissance thinking and things we need to look at within our movement of churches, different topics that need to be addressed.

•   Imputed or imparted righteousness – Ed is interested in this.

•   How to reach people who are miles away from any church.

•   How to discuss political matters spiritually.

•   Homosexuality. Expanding Guy Hammond’s work for campuses and teens.

Discussions

•   Marriage Divorce Remarriage Paper (MDR) presented by Valdur Koha

 We’ve been looking at the following categories in this paper:

1     What does the Bible teach/not teach, and where are we not sure of what the Bible is teaching? We should be unified as much as possible on this and have a shared hermeneutic.

2     Counseling: what advice do we give? In specific situations, there is room for differences. It is impossible to say that everybody gets the same counseling. The paper ought to help guide the counseling sessions.

3     Where do we exert church discipline? Ideally we are united on this.

4    Church discipline should hold from church to church.

•   Church Discipline paper presented by Steve Staten

◦                   Since 2003 there have been some prominent church discipline malfunctions throughout our churches. There are some recurring dynamics. Most of the problems have occurred because of carelessness. We need to realize that one bad misfire can effect a whole colony of churches and now the whole world. We are creating templates of how to handle these situations. Many people who mishandled things have commented, “I wish I had had these templates before.”

◦                   The idea of “tell it to the church” should be based on proximity and influence, namely, the person’s sphere of influence. We don’t want to bring members’ sins before our visitors. And, we don’t need to discipline our former members. If they have left our fellowship, they are no longer members. We are working on a road map for helping people to come back from being disfellowshipped.

•   Three other important notes:

◦           Gordon Ferguson resigned from being an active member of the service team. He will be a team member emeritus.

◦            Steve Kinnard stepped down from chairing the group. His term was up.

◦            Ed Anton will be the new chair.

•   Personal note from Dr. Kinnard:

I want to express my respect for all of you who serve and have served on the Teachers Service Team. It’s been a joy to chair this team for the past several years. You guys are easy to work with. We laugh, have fun, and get work done.

Some of you pay your own way to get to our meetings. You take time away from your secular jobs to be on the team. All of you volunteer your time to work on the team. You use your gifts of scholarship and teaching to benefit our churches. You spend time writing and rewriting papers, and your name doesn’t appear on the final copy. Your sacrifice often goes unnoticed by our larger fellowship, but I’ve noticed and greatly appreciate the work you are doing. More importantly, God has noticed.

I believe we’ve done good work in the years that I’ve been with you. And, I believe that we will continue to do good in the years to come.

Much love,

Steve

Teachers Service Team Subcommittees

•   Teacher Development. Valdur Koha, chair

◦                   Steve Kinnard, Joey Harris, Rolan Monje

•   Congregational Teaching. Ed Anton, chair

◦                   Fred Faller, Douglas Jacoby, Joey Harris

•   Technology. Arturo Elizarraras, chair

◦                   Joey Harris

•   Accreditation/RMSMT: Glenn Giles, chair

◦                   Steve Kinnard

•   Disputable Matters and Hermeneutics: Steve Staten, chair

◦                   Douglas Jacoby, Joey Harris, Kay McKean, Steve Kinnard

•   Women’s Teaching Ministry. Kay McKean, Deb Anton, co-chair

◦                   Suzette Lewis

•   International Teachers Seminar: Douglas Jacoby, chair

◦                   Steve Kinnard

•   Divorce and Remarriage, a re-examination. Valdur Koha, chair

◦                   Steve Kinnard, Suzette Lewis, Courtney Bailey, Joey Harris

•   Church Discipline: Steve Staten, chair

◦                   Deb Anton, Glenn Giles

•   Women’s Role

◦                   Deb Anton, Suzette Lewis, Kay McKean, Steve Kinnard, Courtney Bailey, Joey Harris

•   Teacher’s Corner

◦                   Tammy Fleming

Members of the Teachers Service Team:

Ed Anton, chair, Virginia Beach

Dr. Deb Anton, Virginia Beach

Kay McKean, Northern Virginia

Steve Brown, Buenos Aries

Steve Staten, Chicago

Dr. Douglas Jacoby, Atlanta

Joey Harris, Augusta

Andy Fleming, Kiev 

Tammy Fleming, Kiev 

Dr. Glenn Giles, Denver

Fred Faller, Boston

Valdur Koha, Boston

Courtney Bailey, Kingston

Arturo Elizarraras, Mexico City

Suzette Lewis, Toronto

Dr. Rolan Monje, Manila

Dave Pocta, San Antonio

Dr. Steve Kinnard, New York