The ICOC Teacher's Service Committee is excited to announce our plans for a teacher's conference March 6-7, 2020 at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.
The conference will be designed both to help raise up those among us who seek to pursue the teaching ministry and to help our local teaching ministries become more effective at teaching God's word to his people. We will be exploring the history of our narrative as a church and discuss how our narrative needs to adapt to current culture. There will also be many practical classes to help us to be better teachers.
A detailed schedule and registration will be made available soon. Mark your calendar and save the date.
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The ICOC Teacher's Service Committee is excited to announce our plans for a teacher's conference March 6-7, 2020 at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.
MEXICO CITY: the Latin American School of Missions was initiated in February of 2018 with 10 young interns being paid and trained full-time.
On April 29, 2018 an historical congregational event was held. Over 7,500 were in attendance to witness the appointment of the first elders ever in the Mexico City Church, as well as the recognition of three new teachers for the congregation — the first since the appointment of Arturo Elizarraras in 2003: Jose Carlos Alaniz, and a married couple, Oscar and Carolina Figueroa, were all three appointed congregational teachers (photo at right), Maestros de la Biblia! What a glorious day of celebration of the power of God and the power of becoming one!
LAGOS, NIGERIA — On Sunday, August 19, 2018, the first brothers appointed to the role of Teacher on the continent of Africa by our movement of churches were recognized in the church in Lagos. These three men are Fred George, Emmanuel Emeh, and Gilbert Kimeng.
For the last several years, New Jersey-based Teacher Steve Kinnard has been an active part of their training and mentoring. “It’s been a thrill to work with them,” says Kinnard. “I want to personally thank Dr. Douglas Jacoby for his work in West Africa. Douglas initiated the first Ministry Training Program which helped equip Fred, Emmanuel, and Gilbert to rise up and become teachers. Also, thanks to Joey Harris and other teachers who taught in the training program. I also want to thank the Rocky Mountain School Of Ministry and Theology for their work in training ministry leaders in our churches. All three of these teachers have taken courses at the RMSMT, and two of them are pursing degrees there. The RMSMT specializes in helping students in developing countries work toward advanced degrees in theology. Also, a big thanks to the Beam Fund for sponsoring a program that allowed me to focus on training and mentoring potential teachers in West Africa, French West Africa, and East Africa. The appointment/recognition of Fred, Emmanuel, and Gilbert is the direct result of their investment in the teaching ministry. Thanks to the Board of Directors of the Beam Fund for your partnership in this endeavor. Thanks too, to Chris and Rolayo Ogbonnaya and to the elders in Lagos for your warm invitation to me to help train and mentor teachers in West Africa. Your partnership has meant much to me over the years. My time spent in Africa training teachers has been one of the most satisfying tasks of my life. I appreciate your allowing me to use my gifts to help the disciples in Africa.”
TORONTO, CANADA — We are experiencing exciting times in the congregation in Toronto, Canada, as God continues to raise up men and women to serve his church. On November 11, the whole church gathered together to witness the appointment of Kevin Robbins and Darrel Shaw as elders. They are recognized as shepherds, men of faith and maturity who have been called by the Holy Spirit to fulfill the role of overseers. They join Ed Bahula in this noble task.
Also, at this historic service, Dr. Scott Warlow was appointed a teacher. Scott is known for his deep love of the scriptures and desire to use his gifts to serve the church. We request your prayers as we build by faith and the help of the Holy Spirit, a teaching ministry that will provide opportunities for deep Bible teaching, practical application and enriched faith for the maturing of the saints and ultimately, for the glory of God!
Watch this space for more year end updates from the Teachers Service Team
by Glenn Giles, PhD, RMSMT Director -- Denver, Colorado, USA
In this report, we at RMSMT wish to share with you what God has been doing in our school. Since offering our first course in the fall of 2015 with a total of 7 students, RMSMT has grown to an enrolment of 61 students. More and more students continue to apply for admission. In the spring of 2016 RMSMT adopted an online format and went worldwide. That spring we doubled our enrollment and matriculated students from Kenya, Malaysia, the Philippines, and the US. Today the number of countries with students taking classes at RMSMT has increased 300%. We now have students from Singapore, Philippines, Haiti, South Korea, Mongolia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, UK, Canada, India, Columbia, and the US. A total of 30 students are from outside the United States with 26 of these from majority world countries.
Our school has also grown academically in program offerings from offering two masters degrees at our inception to now offering four masters degrees. We now have Master of Arts Degrees in Biblical Studies, Biblical Studies with Languages, Christian Ministry, and Christian Counseling.
Our Faculty has also grown from eight faculty with doctorates at our inception to a total of eleven faculty with doctorates. We have just recently added Drs. Mike Shapiro, Mary Shapiro, and Jennifer Konzen. In addition we have just appointed two deans, Drs. Timothy Sumerlin and Steve Kinnard.
Dr. Steve Kinnard is now our Dean of the School of Biblical Studies and Ministry. Dr. Kinnard received his Bachelor’s Degree in Bible and English from Freed-Hardeman College, his Master of Divinity Degree in New Testament and Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew University. In addition to being Professor of Bible and Spiritual Formation at RMSMT, Dr. Kinnard also serves as Adjunct Professor of Bible at Lincoln Christian University. Dr. Kinnard will continue in those positions while also serving in his new role as Dean here at RMSMT. Welcome Dr. Kinnard!
Dr. Timothy Sumerlin is now our Dean of the School of Christian Counseling. Dr. Sumerlin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Indiana University, his Master of Arts in Secondary Counseling from the University of Missouri, and his PhD in Education and Counseling from Colorado State University. He is the creator and director of Disciples-In-Motion Ministry.
We have also been blessed to set up international hubs with hub directors to initiate contact with other parts of the world and to encourage students to be trained on the graduate level in ways to help increase their effectiveness as ministers and servants of Jesus. We now have a hub in India overseen by Roger Mathew, a hub in Kenya overseen by William Siwa, a hub in the Philippines and SE Asia overseen by Dr. Rolan Monje, a hub for Korea overseen by Jaeho Park, and a developing hub for South America in Spanish overseen by Sebastian Serra with the help of one of our students Pedro Figueroa. We are working to develop a hub in China in Chinese.
In our desire to help majority world students be trained, we have provided 75% or greater tuition scholarships for their training. This has made it possible for those students to not only afford graduate level training in Bible, Ministry, and Counseling, but to also be able to remain in their ministry settings to take the gospel to their part of the world.
If you would like to help with scholarships for majority world students or perhaps take graduate level courses yourself to better equip yourself for ministry and service to Jesus, please do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Glenn Giles -- Denver, Colorado, USA
We at the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology (RMSMT) in Denver, Colorado are excited to share with you in this video some of the exciting things God has been doing with our school as well as some of our vision for the future. As part of the worldwide International Church of Christ (ICOC) fellowship of churches, it is our heart's desire to help equip disciples to serve Jesus all over the world.
To accomplish this endeavor, we are providing online classes in Bible, Bible languages, theology, apologetics, church history, Christian counseling, Christian spirituality/formation, and Christian ministry that lead to Masters Degrees in Biblical Studies, Biblical Studies with languages (Greek and Hebrew), Christian Ministry, and Christian Counseling.
Although we do have opportunities for students to come to Denver for some face-to-face classes as part of online courses, all our classes are provided in a fully online format with no residency required. This has allowed many students worldwide to take our courses, including students in the UK, Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast, India, Haiti, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and the United States.
Our distinguished ICOC faculty include Dr. Steve Kinnard, Dr. Douglas Jacoby, Dr. Timothy Sumerlin, Dr. Jennifer Konzen, Dr. Gregg Marutzky, Dr. Rolan Monje, Dr. Bill Moulden, Dr. Mary Shapiro, Dr. Mike Shapiro, Dr. Robert Ferry, Dr. Glenn Giles, John Lusk, and Robert Carrillo.
by Glenn Giles -- Denver, Colorado, USA
We at the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology are excited to announce that beginning this Fall Semester 2018 we will start two new Master’s Programs to meet the needs of our ICOC students, leaders, and churches. These two Programs are:
1. Master of Arts in Biblical Studies with Languages (48 semester hours) and
2. Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (36 semester hours)
The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies with Languages degree will have the same core courses as the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies except that in addition it will also require 6 semester hours in NT Greek and 6 semester hours in OT Hebrew. It equips the Christian Minister or other Christian worker for deeper study of the Bible through the use of its original languages. Old Testament Hebrew will be offered beginning this Fall Semester 2018 and will be taught by Dr. Rolan Monje. New Testament Greek will be taught by Dr. Steve Kinnard and is slated to begin in the Fall Semester of 2019.
The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling is our newest MA program. It equips Christian leaders and other Christian workers to be able to counsel and minister to disciples in their church setting from a Biblical World View. This program will be overseen by Dr. Timothy Sumerlin. It will consist of 4 biblical courses and 8 counseling courses. This degree does not lead to Colorado State certification. Below are the details of this new degree:
Prerequisite: Approved Bachelor’s Degree in Any Discipline
From the Biblical Field (4 Courses)
1. GB501 Introduction to the Bible
2. CT611 Introduction to Christian Theology
3. NT653The Sermon on the Mount and Beyond
4. GB615 Biblical Hermeneutics and Exegesis
From the Christian Counseling and Christian Spirituality Fields (8 Courses)
1. PC600 Pastoral Care and Counseling
2. CS601 Introduction to Christian Spirituality/Formation
3. PC603 Marriage and the Family Counseling
4. PC622 Counseling Adolescents
5. PC645 Christian Sexuality Counseling
6. PC680 Depression, Anxiety, and Mental Health Counseling
7. PC655 Grief Counseling
8. PC690 Biblical Counseling Practicum
PC695/CM695 Disciples In Motion Ministry Practicum
Each course in both programs has a tuition rate of $600 for First World Students and $150 for Third World Students. Although these two new courses do not officially begin until next fall, we are offering courses this 2018 Spring Semester which can be credited toward one or the other of these degrees including Biblical Hermeneutics, Pastoral Care and Counseling, The Book of Acts, and The Life and Teachings of Jesus the Messiah.
If you are interested in applying for one of these MA degree programs or have any questions, please email Dr. Glenn Giles (email@example.com). Please click here for an application form or visit our website at www.rmsmt.org.
Blessings and Joy from RMSMT!
Glenn Giles, PhD
Denver, CO USA
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
As part of the anniversary celebrations of the planting of the Kiev church of Christ, held in Kiev, Ukraine, the week of June 6-11, 2017, these first graduates of the four-year Kiev School of Missions were presented.
Over a period of five days from February 16-21, 2017, the Eurasian churches launched a new Ministry Training Academy program of Biblical teaching for ministry interns and staff.
David and Angela Hooper, Evangelist and Women’s Minister of the church in Austin, Texas, USA, traveled to Moscow to deliver the first sessions, which consisted of Old Testament Survey and Spiritual Formation classes.
Held at a private event center in Moscow called “The Loft,” Hooper taught a group of 34 young ministry interns from Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Russian cities of St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, and Moscow itself. “I am struck by just how hungry everyone is for deeper teaching. Also super encouraged by the zeal of the young interns,” David commented at the end of the sessions. “I think the biggest take-away for myself and for everyone else is just that there is a real need for teaching. Several of the staff members commented that the last ‘Bible School’ type teaching that they remember was… back in the 90s….Isolation and a lack of the resources we enjoy in the English-speaking world punctuates the great need. Many have not moved beyond the basics of First Principles toward a deeper understanding of the faith. I am excited to have hopefully stirred their souls a bit!”
The Hoopers are conversationally fluent in Russian, having married in Moscow and been instrumental in four mission plantings in Eurasia while living there from 1992 to 1996: Kiev, Ukraine; St. Petersburg, Russia; Odessa, Ukraine; and Riga, Latvia.
The vision of the Eurasian School of Missions (ESM) is to provide a full range of training opportunities and resources for a new generation of Russian-speaking evangelists and women’s ministry leaders by means of the following initiatives:
1. Identify and train a select group of young men and women devoted to the expansion of the Greater Eurasian Mission work (10 countries);
2. Provide ongoing training for any current staff that have never had the opportunity to be involved in a organized training program;
3. Provide a shared training experience which will also serve to connected the existing congregations with future plantings and strengthening efforts;
4. Establish peer relationships that will hopefully facilitate lifelong relationships committed to effective discipleship, supportive communication and connections, as well as shared goals and planning strategies for the future.
Andy and Tammy Fleming, missionaries to the former Soviet Republics, Nordic countries, and the United Kingdom, are planning to return to live in Russia (St. Petersburg) later this year. They plan to direct the academic program of the Eurasian School of Missions, as well as serve as coordinators working with the East and West ministry-training centers of Moscow and Novosibirsk, and communicating with the US-based Greater Eurasian Missions Society. Overseeing the East training center in Moscow will be Alexsei and Tanya Zhuravlyovi. Victor and Aksana Polovnikovi will likewise oversee the West center in Novosibirsk. Together with the teachers already recognized by The ICOC Ministry Training Academy (MTA), the Flemings will engage full-time staff from Eurasia and supporting congregations with the appropriate academic credentials (i.e., Sergei Glushonkoff [Moscow], BA in Christian Ministry; Todd Asaad [Dallas Fort Worth], MA in Christian Ministry; David Hooper [Austin], Master of Divinity, working toward a Doctor of Ministry in May 2018).
For those who live in the training centers (Moscow and Novosibirsk), the interns will meet twice a week for Biblical teaching, practical training and prayer. As much as possible, these programs will be duplicated in other locations, with the use of SKYPE and occasional external visits. The Flemings, Zhuravlevs, and Polovnikovs will also help with the support and training of the participants from outside congregations through direct contact with the participants and communication with the local church leaderships. In this way, the Eurasian School of Missions will have two tiers of involvement with core programs running in Moscow and Novosibirsk, and then extension programs in smaller congregations with the benefit of providing more training for the already established leaderships in those places.
The next united session of the Eurasian School of Missions will take place in Autumn 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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