Servant Leader Training
What is it?
But whoever would be great among you must be your servant … For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:43–45)
God has not called all Christians to serve in leadership roles. He has, however, called all Christians to lead the way in serving. Servant Leader Training (SLT) exists to equip the men and women of GBC to grow as people who lead the way in serving others to advance God’s kingdom for his glory. Participants in SLT will grow in a better understanding of their faith and how it is meant to shape their lives.
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 is taught?
There are two distinct semesters of training that will be offered. While participants are encouraged to complete the whole course of training, they may jump in at the beginning of any semester or take a break at the end of any semester.
1. The Story of the Bible - Fall Semester
Biblical interpretation and application requires a firm grasp of the big picture story of the Bible. With a better understanding of 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 - Spring Semester
Biblically-rooted belief is foundational to everything else in the Christian life. With a solid foundation of historic Christian belief, student’s personal lives of faith will benefit and they will be better positioned to serve others for God’s glory. Textbook: Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith
Counting the cost:
Should your application be accepted...
- The entrance fee for Fall and Spring semesters will be $45.
- This cost will help cover your books, basic classroom materials, basic amenities required to run the training, and a celebratory meal at the conclusion of the semester.
- Fall and Spring semesters: 12 class meetings each at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings in the Fellowship Hall.
- Each class meeting will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes (with lecture and group discussion).
- On average, there will be an estimated 2.5-3 hours of independent work to do outside of class each week.
- Regular attendance is expected - any material missed in an absence will need to be made up before the next class meeting.
- For the Fall and Spring semesters, students will be assigned around 275 pages of reading (not including Bible reading) per semester.
- Students will engage in spiritual formation exercises over the course of study 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!
How do I join?
Applications for the Fall semester are now closed. But check back here as we get closer to the end of the year for the opportunity to apply for the Spring semester.