COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Rustic Hills Baptist Church hosted a time of teacher training and encouragement.
The morning of Oct. 1 started out with refreshments provided by Rustic Hills Baptist and a welcome by the host pastor, Stan Lightfoot, a member of the Council of Eighteen of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches.
Lightfoot says his church had a wonderful time with Alan and Tony—“who were personable, fun, and informative”—referring to workshop presenters Alan Wilson, regional manager for Regular Baptist Press, and Tony Randolph, RBP’s business director.
During the first session, Wilson identified what makes a quality teacher. He encouraged churches to examine their teaching philosophy and methods and to choose the right teachers by looking for the signs of a quality teacher.
The second session unveiled a video presentation by John Greening, national representative of the GARBC. Burdened to see churches become and remain strong and for the work of Jesus Christ to continue for generations to come, Greening has written Strong Church. The video session is based on the book and encourages churches to evaluate themselves and their ministries so they can strengthen what they are doing right, discontinue what they have been doing wrong, and build on their core competencies, or capabilities that distinguish them from other local church bodies.
After the video, Randolph spoke on how each church can improve its community evangelistic outreach by starting home Bible studies. In elaborating on small groups, he talked about having a covenant that everyone in the group is asked to sign, as well as measuring the quality of a disciple and five key components to a healthy small group.
Pastor Lightfoot says Rustic Hills Baptist Church is following up on the seminar with further analysis of its ministries.
More than 40 ministry workers attended the seminar, representing five churches up and down the Front Range, including one from as far away as Denver. Pastor Lightfoot says his church made new friends and enjoyed good fellowship along with the valuable training, which he highly recommends to other GARBC churches.