HOW THE MANUALS AND SCHOOLS WORK
The Manuals were originally written as training tools for leaders and Pastors in Kenya and other parts of Africa, who have not received formal training in ministry, and who would like to learn theory and have a hands-on, practical approach in learning how to minister.
The Manual may also be studied in Church Groups, studying the theme of the Manual in Bible study time or in house-groups. The group leader will need to carefully choose which assignments or projects and discussions are best suited for the individuals in the group, and whether or not the group members will keep a Journal. A Journal is recommended for the benefit of the individual’s personal growth and maturity.
A School can be set up if there are small groups of Christians, pastors, students, and leaders who are interested in receiving free training in Christian life and ministry.
The group would need to appoint a trusted, respected, committed, (who also has the ability to teach/impart), as a Chairperson /School Leader and Deputy per school, who would co-ordinate the gatherings - where they meet, time, day, and arrange for people to bring and share any refreshments (if needed). The Chairperson/School Leader would also be completing the School, alongside other students.
The School should be open to men and women, leaders, pastors, students, etc. from various Christian denominational backgrounds, and anyone who seriously wants to train and wants to grow in their personal walk with the Lord. Students will need to be committed to attending the School regularly and to completing Assignments in their Journal. The Journal is simply a notebook where students record their answers, and the things the Lord is doing in their lives through the course.
The Chairperson/School Leader would encourage students to complete their assignments and projects in a Journal, which the Chairperson and/or Deputy will look at briefly, and discuss with the student, at the end of the course.
It will not be necessary for the Teacher or Chairperson to grade the Journals, as assignments and projects should be discussed in the School gatherings, and this could be corrected or adjusted in the group. However, the Chairperson and Teacher do need to make sure that students are using their journal to record homework and other assignments, including ministry work carried out on the course. Students will need to use their Journals to give feedback in class and for the self-evaluation at the end of the school/class.
The students could meet either on a daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis; either in daytime or later afternoon at a time agreed and suited to all, to discuss the chapter, share assignments and projects, share experiences, raise any issues or questions, or complete any other requirements and pray for one another.
Class sessions would normally consist of prayer, talking through the Manual’s lesson/chapters and any issues they raise, sharing how God is working through you and in you through the Assignments and Projects, found at the end of each chapter, and the Project set for the School, for that chapter.
The School Leader or Deputy needs to teach students directly from the Manual, one chapter per session, and then follow this up with the practical projects for the School, then set the homework as per the Chapter.
I would encourage each Chairperson/School Leader to make a Code of Practice and Agreement between each attendee, e.g. keeping confidences, encouraging each other etc. concerning how the School will be run in practice.
Each student needs to keep a Journal/notebook, to complete assignments and projects, write down questions etc. and bring it with them to every School session. If any students have literacy problems, then I would encourage other students, or family or church members to assist and support the student having difficulty, in every way possible.
Students are encouraged to share how the Lord is speaking to them and challenging them through the Schools, in the sessions; but there should be no pressure, and no judgment, only encouragement and guidance, and a positive and enabling atmosphere, with acceptance and respect for each other, and fellowship. Unity and love is to be encouraged.
The Chairperson or Deputy would need to feedback to Peter Basil, Schools Director, and to appropriate people and the college in the UK, on how the group is getting on, any queries or issues etc, so we can help them develop and so that students are able to achieve their certificates.
Refreshments would need to bought and shared between the members of the School. The organization of refreshments can be delegated among the students.
The School/class would need to find and use a suitable building each session, e.g. their own church buildings, and if they wanted to rotate around, they could. This should not involve any extra costs.
This Manual is the teaching tool, and the School discussions, group work and homework is a tool to help the students reflect, consolidate, extend, expound and incorporate their learning into their everyday lives and ministries.
The Manual contains teaching broken into chapters and at the end of each section/chapter, there are assignments and projects for each person to complete on their own, and some in the School.
The assignments/projects and homework are not meant to be approached with the view of gaining academic knowledge or accreditation, but rather gaining spiritual growth, wisdom, understanding and revelation from the Holy Spirit, and to enable and equip for ministry.
The School/class may take between 12 weeks to 6 months to complete, or more, if needed, and sessions can be flexible, possibly 2.5 hours per session, or more if needed.
The Chairperson/School Leader and Teacher, will need check students Journals, WITH individual students, at the END of the course. The Journals will not be graded, nor personal information looked at in detail, but the assignments or projects, and any issues or situations that the students wishes to raise can be discussed, and what the student has gained from experience. The Chairperson/leader can then sign the Journal.
The Chairperson/leader or Peter Basil, the Schools Director, will then need inform appropriate people in the UK on how each student has progressed, and Certificates will be forwarded to the appropriate person to pass onto the students who have participated in the School regularly, and who have completed their Assignments/Projects in their Journals and have met and passed all the essential criteria. The student, as his or her own personal record of growth and achievement, should keep their own Journal.
Suggested Programme for Schools:
I would suggest that from the second session onwards, for approximately 30-45 minutes in small groups, students share and discuss homework journals first, then have a time of teaching for approximately 40 minutes, then go back into groups to carry out the practical aspects for the school, with appropriate breaks and refreshments.
However the School sessions would need to be flexible (the order can be changed, moved around, and adjusted according to the needs of the students). The sessions should be challenging but fun and relaxing, meeting the needs of the students, and led by the Spirit of God. Sharing, co- operation, equality, fellowship and fun will make the journey better for all concerned.
The Manual, A Bible, A Journal/notebook(s)
Download the e-book for use this site as a resource for written materials.
GUIDELINES FOR TEACHERS:
Carefully read through, “The Teacher” chapter 3, in the Pastors and Teachers training manual and also chapter 5,Teaching Children and Learning Styles. Teachers are expected to throughly digest and put into practice the concepts and principles taught in these chapters so that teachers are able to teach effectively, efficiently, and to their fullest capacity.
Get to know each student well, to love them and pray for them; get to know their needs, their backgrounds, their learning styles, their strengths and weaknesses and plan class teaching and activities appropriately to the students.
Take time to prayerfully and purposely prepare for every class session, by reading through the chapter notes thoroughly and preparing each activity for the class, appropriately and in accordance with the needs and abilities of the students.
Keep a class register of attendance and observe and record how students are interacting and progressing on the course.
Set and administer class tests and mark the tests at the end of the course. Class test may be a mixture of oral or written papers, depending on the individual student's ability.
Encourage all students to keep a Journal (notebook) to record their homework and also how their ministry work is growing and becoming effective, whilst on the course.
Give feedback to Peter Basil, Schools Director, and appropriate people in UK, regarding each student, so that assessments can be made regarding certification and accreditation by Springdale College, in the U.K.
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS:
Attend regularly and participate in class: whole group and small group work, including discussions, researching and finding answers and links in the Gospels and the Old and New Testament, as required in each class.
Discuss issues arising from the questions in each chapter, within their small groups and give feedback.
Pray and minister to each other as directed with the class session.
Read class notes, complete homework and keep a Journal (in a notebook) of their answers to give feedback to the group or class and to give a self-assessment of your learning and growth through the course.
Take part in some form of ministry practice during the course e.g. children's work, teaching, preaching, visiting, helping the poor etc, and journal how this has, and is changing as part of their studies.
Take class tests set by the teacher, to show understanding, skills, knowledge and progress.
Self-evaluation: give a short, but detailed, oral presentation at the end of the course (using Journal notes) on how they have personally progressed through the course and how this has affected them and their ministry. This can be done in class time, or at a separate time, with the Teacher and Chairperson present. Both the Teacher and Chairperson will need to evaluate the student's learning through the course.
- Submit your work to the Moderator, who, with the teacher will look at your work and see if it is suitable to receive a diploma.