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Church-Based Training

Dr. Stan DeKoven

Course Overview

This course delves into various aspects of leadership development, educational ministry, and planning a Bible institute. It emphasizes Jesus’ focus on raising leaders, the role of effective teaching and the local church in disciples’ training, and the goal of preparing faithful individuals committed to God’s Word for effective service. The importance of a balanced educational philosophy, along with the need for qualified faculty and adequate resources, is highlighted to equip students for ministry. Church-Based Training concludes by emphasizing unity and interdependence in the pursuit of maturity within the Bible institute’s community.

What You’ll Learn

  • The goal of educational ministry
  • Planning a Bible training institute
  • Developing a curriculum
  • Picking faculty (instructors)


1. Model for Ministry Training

Thsi session discusses Jesus’ focus on raising up leadership for the next generation during His earthly ministry. It emphasizes the importance of effective teaching within the ministry and points to the role of the local church as a place of training and equipping for disciples to carry out the Great Commission and spread the Gospel worldwide.

2. The Goal and Objective of Educational Ministry

This session discusses the importance of developing leaders through educational ministry in the local church. It emphasizes the goal of training faithful men and women to have a clear commitment to the Word of God and prepare them for effective service in God’s kingdom. The text also highlights the educational philosophy of a Bible training institute, focusing on the balanced growth of individuals like Jesus and the reinforcement of God’s Word to transform lives. It concludes by encouraging networking and shared commitment among leaders to equip believers effectively.

3. Planning Your Institute

This session discusses the planning and implementation of a Bible institute with a focus on the importance of systematic study of God’s Word to bring about positive changes in individuals’ lives. It emphasizes the need for a suitable place, committed students, an organized program, and qualified faculty to effectively deliver the curriculum and equip students for service in the kingdom of God. The text also highlights the significance of interdependent relations and the pursuit of unity and maturity within the institute.

Course Preview

Church-Based Training

Brad Andrews sits down with Dr. Berin Gilfillan about plaining a Bible institute. 

About the Instructor

Dr. Stan DeKoven

Dr. Stan DeKoven is the Founder and President of Vision International College and Seminary. Vision International offers academic degree programs designed to prepare men and women for professional service in Christian ministry. Dr. Stan has served as a pastor, authored over 35 books on a variety of subjects, is an international conference speaker, a respected and dynamic teacher of the Word, and a leader of leaders. Dr. DeKoven is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

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