Why should ministry training be a key aspect of the ministry at Lakeshore?
Paul says to Timothy “…what you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who also will be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2. In this passage Paul is nearing the end of his life and ministry. He is looking ahead to the survival of gospel ministry in the future of the church. He knows that the continued faithful proclamation of the gospel of Jesus will not be secured by the writing of doctrinal confession, or by the creation of institutional structures. The gospel of Jesus will only be guarded and spread as it is passed from one faithful hand to the next; each generation teaching and training the next.
An MTS Apprenticeship is two years of on-the-job training based within a church or a specialist ministry team. Apprenticeships are centred on prayer, Bible study and practical ministry. The essence of MTS is not formal instruction but learning through active participation. Two years provides enough time for MTS Apprentices to establish ministries and learn from success and failure.
There is no right way of serving in a ministry apprenticeship. It will involve learning from God’s word and teaching it to others, but how this will be done will vary from apprentice to apprentice.