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AUC Training Centre - Lay Pastoral Assistant

LAY PASTORAL ASSISTANT

The responsibilities and tasks facing church pastors are increasingly complex and demanding - therefore the need for support and assistance is growing.

The role of the Lay Pastoral Assistant is to help the pastor in their evangelistic and pastoral function. This will vary according to the specific needs of the local church.


Core Courses

Principles of Evangelism - Life of Jesus
Methods of Door-to-Door Visitation
How to Develop and Give Bible Studies/Obtaining Decisions
How to Speak in Public and Preach a Sermon
Adventist Identity
Fundamentals of Adventism
Personal Spirituality
Christian Nurture
Small Group Ministry
Special Ministries in the Local Church
Principles of Christian Leadership
Church Health/Mobilizing the Church for Ministry


Principles of Evangelism - Life of Jesus

Jesus is the ultimate biblical example of evangelism. Studies from the Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy will enable the participant to understand more fully how to evangelize.


Methods of Door-to-Door Evangelism

This class will discuss in detail how to begin and coordinate a visitation program to generate interests and obtain decisions. The student will learn the basic steps in the visiting process. Subject matter will include: preparation for a visit, approaching a home, how to respond at the door; dealing with the shy, the arrogant, the non-interested person; what to say once you are in the home; do's and don'ts; plus other related topics.


How to Develop and Give Bible Studies/Obtaining Decisions

Sharing the basic Bible principles of the gospel and the Seventh-day Adventist Church's fundamental beliefs is an essential step in discipling the individual. This course will instruct the participant in how to plan and organize a set of Bible lessons and how to obtain a decision with each lesson. Other areas covered will be how to start a new Bible study and how to develop an interest in Bible studies with individuals. Learn how to appeal for decisions, and the use of Scripture in obtaining decisions.

 


How to Speak in Public and Preach a Sermon

Emphasis will be placed on correct breathing for speech, resonance, clear articulation, and factors in effective speech delivery. The student will learn how to overcome nervousness and develop confidence.
Learn to study the Bible so that God's message can be clearly discerned. Steps in preparing topical and expository studies and sermons will be explained and practiced along with information on the most effective use of concordances, commentaries and other sermon preparation resources. Instruction will be given on how to find additional material from life situations and reading.


Adventist Identity

Our sense of identity is crucial to an understanding of what the Bible teaches. Students will be able to learn that the primary source for identity is who we are in Christ. This will include our personal relationship with Christ as well as being part of His body - the larger church.


Fundamentals of Adventism

A sound understanding of what the Seventh-day Adventist Church teaches is fundamental to all forms of outreach, evangelism, and nurture.

This course:
• Reviews key doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in their historical context
• Details how these doctrines are applied to life today
• Provides approaches to teaching each major doctrine


Personal Spirituality

The course will assist the participants in developing a passion to become more deeply acquainted with Jesus as Lord of their lives, and to recognize their calling as His modern day disciples. The focus would be on enabling the students to articulate their faith through their commitment, passion and enthusiasm in personal Bible study and prayer.


Small Group Ministry in the Local Church

This class will provide the student with the background to organize small group ministries in the local church, keep them functioning, and also examine the principles of small group leadership, group dynamics, and the discipling abilities of groups. Emphasis will also be given to the role of the small group leader.


Special Ministries in the Local Church

The class will assist the participant in understanding the role and significance of the following special services in the life of the individual and to learn creative ways to minister that will influence character development and encourage spiritual growth:

• Baptismal Class
• Baby Dedication
• Communion Service
Principles of Christian Leadership
This course will focus on the biblical model of servant leadership. Leadership styles and characteristics will be examined in the perspective of the biblical model. Issues regarding leadership qualifications and personal growth will be studied.

• Church Governance
• Conflict Management
• Change Management
• Funeral Service


Church Health/Mobilizing the Church for Ministry

The focus of this course is on identifying, training, and motivating volunteers for service. The students will focus on principles of church health together with developing a threefold orientation to personal spirituality based on the Word, directed by the Spirit, and focused on the world.