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In the US, a Bible college is typically a 2 year or 4 year school that specializes in Christian undergraduate education. (typically with programs like Biblical Studies, youth ministry, things like that, rather than traditional math/science/teaching programs you'd find at say a Christian liberal arts school) A seminary is typically a graduate school that ...


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Because, and I say this with all humility, everyone of us concedes (or at least should concede), we could be wrong. Besides- one thing we know about God's Truth is that it can always stand up to rigorous inquiry. If it did not, either we serve a weak God (which we don't) or our understanding of God is wrong. Either way, the last thing any Christian should ...


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1 Timothy 3 spells out some requirements for being bishops (and deacons). For example, verse 6: Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. So it's evident that a bishop (or pastor, from episcopos, meaning "overseer") should be trained or experienced such that he is not "a novice" (from the Greek neophyton, ...


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From my experience, I have found two things to help teenagers. : When I talk about heaven, I'm always quick to point out that the "golden harp on a cloud" picture that we have of heaven isn't biblical, and frankly it would be kinda boring. Instead, I point out that eternal life with God is anything but static- we re still growing in heaven! Don't focus as ...


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Unfortunately, some things that are professed in Christianity simply cannot be proven by any known scientific methods that I am aware of. It is, for the most part, a mystery to those of us who are still living. If the students are in a Catechism class, I would suggest simply teaching what is part of the catechism and referencing what the catechism says ...


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First of all, we are allowed to read any bible and most of us have a few different translations at home. Furthermore, every Jehovah's Witness is trained to become an ordained minister and publisher. An instrument for that training is our Theocratic Ministry School. Besides that we have several 'schools' that are specialized in training , elders, overseers, ...


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First let me correct the assumption that the model you describe is normal for Christian pastors. It is in fact only a minority that follow this. The vast majority of Christian churches, including Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Presbyterians follow an entirely different model. In this model they: Discern whether or not the person has a calling to ...


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I remember having to do something similar when I was hired at a parish in Mill Creek, Washington, US, in 1993. Thus (based purely on anecdotal evidence) in the United States such programs have been around for at least 20 years in at least some dioceses. The website of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has a page on the "Safe Environment" ...


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In the United Methodist Church, a lay pastor is a church member who has received training and can assist with preaching and care ministries, but does not have a formal seminary education. The lay pastor can perform most of the duties of ordained ministers: The certified lay minister shall preach the Word, provide a care ministry to the congregation, ...


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Several reasons: We don't want to pretend that everyone else agrees with us. We want to understand the extent to which we have common ground with others. As Affable Geek has said, we want to demonstrate our openness to alternative points of view. We want to show why we believe that our own POV is superior to everyone else's.


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This answer attempts to give an overview of the processes for gaining a Christian education in the Church. Depending on the denomination, this may be called catechism, confirmation, or discipleship. Throughout Christian groups, all encourage new converts to begin familiarizing themselves with the Bible by reading it and listening to it. In this answer, we ...


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Following the commandment "Going therefore, teach ye all nations" (cf. Matthew 28:19 Douay-Rheims-Challoner Version), part of the mission of the Church generally is to educate—not only in religion, but in other areas—and in service of this mission many universities around the world are specifically recognized as Catholic universities. Canon law ...


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Here are a few potentially relevant angles to consider: Preparation David was a shepherd until he was anointed king at the age of 30. Jesus was a carpenter until it was His time to begin His ministry (at the age of 30). Examples such as these may indicate that God desires to bring us through times of preparation prior to entering into our calling. ...


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I expect in the context of your reference, the point is simply being made that the the mother of the author, Sandra Sue, has pastoral duties (perhaps leading a small group, Sunday school, etc), but is unpaid in this position, and has a professional career outside of the church. The concept of a Lay pastor is not new, but is recently (in the last 10-20 ...


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The Reformed and Lutheran theologians of the late 16th and 17th centuries are often termed "Protestant Scholastics." Why? Because they took over the methodology of the Medieval Scholastics and produced vast systematic theologies. Concordia Publishing House is currently publishing one example of this, Johann Gerhard's 16 volume systematic theology. The ...


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Jehovah's Witnesses are very well educated and we highly value divine education. (Isaiah 54:13) Any interested person must go through a Bible study program with another baptized member of the congregation as their personal teacher before getting baptized. Thereby every member is well taught. When we study the Bible, taking in accurate facts and knowledge is ...


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My Background That... entirely depends. I am a former Protestant and have spent several years helping in Catholic youth ministry. My wife is a former DRE and now acts as a consultant DRE/retreat coordinator for a couple of parishes. We often talk about how those parishes run their ministry and how it might be improved. What I did as a Protestant One ...


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I have lead a middle school (6th, 7th, and 8th grade) Catholic religious education class for three years and this question often comes up: What's the difference between Christians and Catholics? My friends say they are Christian, but I thought we were too. What's the difference? The reason for their question is because their friends simply say they are ...


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Are they not into it because they do not feel it is real or because they don't care about the difference? If they think that living forever (in some sense) and living only for a normal human lifespan are equivalent, you can invite thought-experiments about what things would be like for them in 40, 60, 80 years. Most teenagers have plenty of imagination to ...


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I agree with David and Affable Geek's answers: teens tend to think they are indestructible so you might not break through. Lord willing, they will survive long enough to remember your wise teaching. A suggestion that I have which probably can't be applied to your situation is to take a look at John Piper's Desiring God. According to Piper, God isn't just ...


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No. Christianity would not exist without humans Any religio (from whence the word religion derives) cannot exist without humans. Definitionally speaking, a religio is literally "the way" meaning the way in which a human acts on a regular basis. Under that definition, all people - even atheists - have religions. It is simply their way of being in the world. ...


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During the early years of the Reformation "scholasticism" was a word thrown about as something of an insult toward the Roman Catholic Church. Scholasticism identifies the traditional approach (at least through the medieval time period) to developing theology and understanding scripture. And because Reformers were rejecting almost all things Catholic, the ...


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I think Andrew has laid out a fantastic outline for the general scope of the Church's development. To note, when you start to drill down past the overview above, you might cite "We believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic church" in the Nicene Creed and begin teaching about splits from the Church beginning with the East-West Schism in the Church, then ...


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I don't know that the average teenager would find this answer persuasive, but here's how I see it: Ask any teenager why he should go to school. Most understand that the purpose of school is to prepare you for adult life. You have to know enough math to be able to at least handle routine tasks like figuring out if you can afford that house or apartment on ...


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This is not really an answer so much as a perspective - that might, in part, apply. So I've marked it "wiki". If people think this is unhelpful, I'll delete it. As a youth, I was raised as roman catholic, and attended all the usual groups (including confirmation classes) and then some, including reading/serving in church, extra-curricular RE to GCSE (which ...


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When I was a Evangelical/Presbyterian(ish), I always took it as an opportunity to contrast beliefs: these people believe this, which is why we say that "such-and-so" and not "this-and-other." Comparing theology of communion and predestination was especially beneficial as that was an issue which was of particular interest to the people in my congregation. ...


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"From a Fundamentalist Church standpoint, what is its equivalent of a catechumen?" In my experience in several Protestant churches, Sunday School is the place of catechumen for young ones. The parents drop off their children in age-appropriate classrooms and the children are taught Bible stories/lessons by teachers from a church-approved lesson plan. The ...


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Please consider this only the start of an answer, I don't know too much about it and the Internet isn't much help. My wife and I participated in a Marriage Encounter Weekend, part of Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) this weekend and it was mentioned the idea of "Little Churches". In the back of the booklet there was a timeline that gave the progression ...


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Lay pastor is actually an official designation in the Methodist church. There is some formal training that goes along with it --but nothing that comes close to the training required of a fully ordained pastor. I'm basing this answer on attending a Methodist church that has two fully ordained pastors and a lay pastor on staff.



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