Each BTCP course manual is an integral part of a unified, self-contained curriculum of basic courses designed to provide a local pastor or church leader anywhere in the world with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to effectively carry out their biblical responsibilities. The material included is essentially biblical in nature and can therefore be used in any culture. Since the issue of “contextualization” or “culturalization” primarily relates to communication, not to content, the instructor or teacher will necessarily supply culturally relevant illustrations and examples, where appropriate, to more effectively communicate the basic content.
These course manuals, along with an approved Study Bible (see p. 13 of the BTCP Program Summary Manual or p. 9 of any course manual), constitute the teaching materials used in the Bible Training Centre for Pastors and Church Leaders. This approach is designed to meet the challenge of practically, adequately and effectively equipping pastors and leaders who have had little, if any, formal training at the Bible college or seminary level.
These course manuals are not to be used as a “self-study guide” or to be taught by unqualified teachers or instructors. Each course is planned for a minimum of 40 hours of classroom instruction and 30 hours of additional time for review, assignments and assimilation of the content and skills presented. Some courses may require 60 or more hours of class time. The courses range in length from about 100 pages to 300 pages depending on the subject. When the training is completed these course manuals will constitute an ongoing “working resource/research library” for the pastor or church leader. They will also provide an extensive source of biblical material from which the pastor can teach and preach for years.
The underlying biblical premise for this approach can be found in the scriptural admonition for the pastor or leader to make disciples by preaching and teaching the word of God (2 Ti. 4:2; 2 Ti. 2:1-2; Mt. 28:18-20), knowing that the Bible is the required curriculum content.
All scripture is God-breathed [inspired] and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Ti. 3:16-17).
The goal of this curriculum material is to equip leaders so that they will be able as pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of service, so the body of Christ may be built up (Eph. 4:11-12), to the glory of God and the advancement of His purposes on earth.
Bible Training Centre for Pastors (BTCP) is the full course of study of all ten manuals, which are designed for men who are called as pastors, lay pastors, elders, evangelists or deacons.
Bible Training for Church Leaders (BTCL) includes eight of the ten courses selected as the core curriculum for training all other church leaders including women to be equipped for service. BTCL includes Course 4 as Communicating Biblical Messages by covering only the first 84 pages of Preaching Biblical Messages and Pastoral Ministry. The remaining two courses (8. Teaching Principles and Methods and 9. Church History Survey) can be taught as electives in the BTCL application for church leaders.