2305 Raguet Street Nacogdoches, Texas 75965 Sunday Service Times: 10:30am


What is it?

A school-year long training for men and women at GBC. The applicants who are accepted will be those who have been involved in serving, are currently serving, or who commit to serving in some ministry at the conclusion of the training.

What will be taught?

There will be three primary emphases:

1.  The Story of the Bible – Semester 1
Healthy biblical interpretation and application is enhanced with a clearer sense of the big picture story of the Bible.  With a better grasp on this big picture, students can better understand how their personal story fits into God’s story and reject the false stories they are tempted to live in.
Textbook: The Drama of Scripture: Finding our Place in the Biblical Story

2.  Basic Christian Beliefs – Semester 2
Biblically-rooted belief is foundational to everything else in the Christian life.  We want our students to have a solid foundation of historic Christian belief for the benefit of their own lives of faith, and for the benefit of the broader spiritual atmosphere of our church as they serve the body.
Textbook: Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith

3.  Spiritual Formation – Throughout the Year
Communion with God and engagement in spiritual disciplines should always be woven together with Christian study and living.  As our leaders mature in their thinking, we want to help provide more structure and kindling for their spiritual growth.

Counting the cost:


  • Should your application be accepted, the course will cost about $70.
  • This cost will help cover your books, basic classroom materials, and basic amenities required to run the training.
  • Childcare is TBD.



  • Two semesters, 24 total class meetings.
  • Each class meeting will last about an hour and a half (with lecture, activities, and group discussion).
  • On average, there will be an estimated 1.5-2 hours of independent work to do outside of class each week.



  • Regular attendance is expected – we are requesting no more than 3 absences per semester.
    ***If there are extenuating circumstances (such as an irregular work schedule) that conflict with the attendance expectation, email Roman or Rick.  They will try to work with you.
  • Students will be assigned about 600 pages total of textbook reading and at least 50 chapters of the Bible over the course of the two semesters.
  • Students will engage in 6 spiritual formation exercises over the course of the two semesters that will foster communing with God and living out our faith.
  • Each semester will have a final assignment that will require some writing.
    ***If this all seems intimidating, just remember that diligence is what is required.  Your teachers will help and encourage you to succeed through all of this.  You can do it!

When is it?

The class will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30-8pm, starting September 5.

What is the goal?

We are not seeking to merely grow bigger brains — we are seeking to strengthen, encourage, and equip men and women who lead by serving.  Our prayed-for goal is men and women who humbly live out what they have learned and serve others better because of it.

How do I apply?

Print THIS APPLICATION and return it to the church office by August 20, 2017.