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ICOC Teachers' Summer Update

"On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many." 2 Corinthians 1:11 NIV

In the Northern Hemisphere,  this weekend marks the end of the summer season. Most kids are back at school on Monday, many colleges and universities are starting back up, and most all of those lucky enough to have had time to surf, loaf, bake on a beach, maybe chill at a cottage somewhere, are getting ready for September and autumn. What have the ICOC Teachers been up to this summer? Here's a smattering of a few of our ICOC Teachers' recent endeavors:  

 

After 34 years teaching Chemistry and Physics, Dr. John Oakes (San Diego, California, USA) officially retired in June 2018. So what does retirement look like for a disciple of Jesus Christ who is also a recognized Biblical author and Teacher? John kicked off his retirement with a self-funded three- week missionary teaching trip to Russia, Japan, Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan. Read about what he learned and what he taught on this trip here, at www.evidenceforchristianity.org. 

John Oakes (3rd from left)  about to depart from Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan, after several days of teaching and fellowship with Central Asian disciples.  L-R: Sasha Tsoi of Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Lina Morozova, women's minister from Moscow, Russia, with her daughter (4th from left) and husband, Evangelist Nikolai Morozov of Moscow on the far right; John Oakes; Dima Mungalov of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; Vladimir Abdullayev of Almaty, Kazakhstan; Andy Fleming of Kiev, Ukraine.

John Oakes (3rd from left)  about to depart from Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan, after several days of teaching and fellowship with Central Asian disciples. L-R: Sasha Tsoi of Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Lina Morozova, women's minister from Moscow, Russia, with her daughter (4th from left) and husband, Evangelist Nikolai Morozov of Moscow on the far right; John Oakes; Dima Mungalov of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; Vladimir Abdullayev of Almaty, Kazakhstan; Andy Fleming of Kiev, Ukraine.

John Oakes will be teaching a series of lessons on the Book of Luke at the Inspire Singles Conference in Phoenix Aug 31-Sept 1.  Notes, power point and audio will be posted at evidenceforchristianity.org  In addition, he will be teaching a four part series on Daniel in September and October, as well as a six-part series on the Book of Acts. Be looking for all materials at the web site, or if you live in the San Diego area contact him for information so you can attend. john.oakes@gcccd.edu  Also, John is teaching a class on the Book of Hebrews with Robert Carrillo for the Los Angeles School of Ministry and Missions September 13-14.  If you are interested in this class, go to https://www.laschoolofministry.com  Lastly, John and Jan will be traveling to Israel, Amman Jordan (10/30-11/3), Beirut Lebanon (11/3-11/6) and Cairo, Egypt (11/6-11/12) for a missionary teaching trip October 22-Nov 12. If you can attend any of these meetings or want more information, contact John about these meetings.

 
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August 2018 found Dr. G. Steve Kinnard (New Jersey, USA) teaching a dynamic group of about 25 ministry interns in Lagos, Nigeria,  on the topic of church history. 

 

Douglas Jacoby also taught in Lagos in August,  a series of MTA / AIM lessons on Biblical Interpretation to 60 West African leaders, "powerful Christian men and women who want to make a difference in the world," says Jacoby. He then traveled to several locations in Congo, and taught on Acts Chapter Two, Biblical Interpretation, and Prosperity Theology (or the "health and wealth" gospel). After a few weeks at home,  he plans to return for another teaching tour in  South Africa, Botswana, and Malawi in September.  See his notes from the month of August, below: 

Disciples of Christ say hello, Victoria Island, Nigeria

Disciples of Christ say hello, Victoria Island, Nigeria

With preacher Moses & Honorine, Kinshasa, D.R. Congo

With preacher Moses & Honorine, Kinshasa, D.R. Congo

  • Co-teaching with Gilbert Kimeng.
  • Learning that Gilbert, along with Nigerians Emmanuel Emeh (my former AIM student), and Fred George (one of my M.A. students at Lincoln Christian. University), will be officially recognized as teachers this coming Sunday
  • This parallels the good news in Latin America a few months back, when colleague Arturo Elizarrarás appointed three teachers in Mexico.
  • Spending time with Geoffroy Gankoue-Dzon, church leader in Congo. (Brazzaville) and presidential advisor (his full-time job). 
  • Not having to worry about Ebola, as the previous outbreak had officially died out, and the latest outbreak is still in the far east of the country.
  • Talking theology with Moses.
  • Spending fellowship time with cheerful and grateful Congolese -- after all they have been through (civil war, pillaging, rape, murder, malnutrition, corruption, and grinding poverty)."

To read more from Douglas Jacoby, you can subscribe to his newsletter at www.douglasjacoby.com. 

 
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Gordon Ferguson (Dallas, Texas, USA), beloved author of 15 books, continues a prolific writing ministry at the wizened age of 75. Keep up with his new blog on racial issues at www.blacktaxandwhitebenefits.com

 
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Dr. Glenn Giles at the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology (Denver, Colorado, USA)  reports that, "perhaps the highlight of this summer is the extent and quality of growth God has given us at RMSMT. We now have 74 RMSMT students worldwide. We have ICOC students from more and more nations applying to take courses. These students reside in the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya, Burundi, India, Sri Lanka, Russia, Mongolia, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Haiti, Bangladesh, Trinidad, UK, Northern Ireland, Canada, Columbia, Mexico, and the United States.  We now offer 4 Master of Arts Degrees: MA in Biblical Studies, MA in Biblical Studies with Languages (we are beginning a year of Biblical Hebrew this semester, Greek next year), MA in Christian Ministry, and MA in Christian Counseling (this degree just officially began this fall). It was so heartening to hear of three of our students just being appointed Teachers in Lagos this last week. In addition, we are planning to have our first graduation ceremonies this coming May, 2019!"

 

Andy and Tammy Fleming (Kiev, Ukraine),  have been in Kyrgyzstan this summer, for a serendipitous overlap with John Oakes, teaching at the largest gathering of disciples from the five churches in Central Asia in fifteen years -- 65 adults plus 43 teens and preteens came together for the first ever Central Asian Youth Corps. Some of these churches -- all in mostly Muslim nations --  are very small and isolated; only one of the five has a legal right to assemble. 

Andy has recently published two significant papers, "Let Each One Be Careful How He Builds," an investigation into the circumstances that led up to the crisis of 2003 in the ICOC, focusing mostly on church-building strategies and leadership organization; and "Giving Thought to One's Ways," an introduction to practical theology and a survey of sociological literature regarding new religious movements and the effect of charismatic leadership.

Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan: Andy and Tammy Fleming with a group of parents from the five Central Asian churches. 

Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan: Andy and Tammy Fleming with a group of parents from the five Central Asian churches. 

 

Dave Pocta (San Antonio, Texas, USA)  has just finished a teaching tour, speaking at the NorthWest Churches' Conference and teaching nine days for the church in South Korea.

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Michael Burns (Roseville, Minnesota, USA),  following on the heels of his timely and much-appreciated work, "Crossing the Line: Culture, Race and Kingdom,"  has published an introductory article for a new book soon to be published, "The Power of Story to Divide or Unite Us."

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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