We have BIG news! Threshold Ministries has launched a new post-secondary training program, Threshold School of Ministry (TSoM). On Friday, April 8th, 2016, the school's website and social media platforms went live!
Threshold School of Ministry is an initiative and teaching project of Threshold Ministries. It is an independent ministry school that functions as an approved teaching centre for St. Stephen’s University. TSoM will operate out of Threshold Ministries’ National Office, in Saint John, NB. Classes begin October 17, 2016.
We believe that the Church in North America needs people who are equipped to be bearers of hope, light, love and truth to a rapidly changing culture.
How does the Christian story impact the whole in which we live today? Evangelists, pastors, leaders need to be equipped in different ways. Threshold School of Ministry is one method through which, we believe, leaders can be prepared for ministry today.
Threshold School of Ministry aims to integrate Scripture, Biblical Theology and Praxis in forming missional and evangelistic followers of Jesus. Who, with the Apostle Paul, can say, “follow me, follow Jesus.”
Whether discerning full-time ministry in the church, outside the church on the streets or looking for further formation to continue growing as a follower of Christ; those feeling a call to missions will want to be part of the Threshold School of Ministry.
Our school was birthed out of a strong conviction that the formation of individuals for ministry in the 21st Century needs to be radically different – our communities are different, society is changing, churches are struggling. We can, and must, equip people better. Through Jesus’ teaching model, we see that he journeyed with people, talked with, shared teachings and then sent them out to experience and put into practice what He taught.
We have developed the core of our program to be modelled in this method: In our 3-year program, students will gather together in the Spring and Fall, for 2-week intensive modules; they will be involved in a local ministry, within their discerned field, for at least 15hrs per week. Finally, students will be asked to prepare a special thesis/project for completion of the program, which will be related to their future ministry.
Through each course, students will be challenged to consider how they can directly impact their community, life and ministry today. There is much for us, as disciples, to learn from our past; we now need to learn how it is to be interpreted for today’s culture.
Shawn C. Branch, Threshold Ministries’ National Director, says this of the new school:
“We are really excited about Threshold School of Ministry. It opens up a
whole new style of training, which we think will be much more effective. We want to equip leaders for mission inside and outside the walls of the church. The traditional style of training people for ministry needed an alternative for today’s culture. We wanted a more practical, poignant approach. That’s exactly what TSoM is. We’re raising up passionate evangelists through education and formation at the same time.”
A Press Release went out on Monday, April 11th.
We are very excited about this venture, and are pleased with the positive response from supporters and the public alike. Please continue to pray for the discernment of God's leading of TSoM.