I’ll never forget a visit to the Italian Alps several years ago during which we were taken to a cave that functioned as a secret Waldensian Bible college. (Here are a few pictures and a video.)
When you look back over church history, one thing that becomes clear is how seriously Great Commission-focused churches took the responsibility of equipping “the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:—Ephesians 2:11–12
I love how, as Paul instructed Timothy to disciple and equip others, he specified that the plan was to pass on the same things Timothy had heard of Paul.
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.—2 Timothy 2:2
Although we have tools at our disposal that early-century Christians couldn’t have even dreamed of, we share their mission and passion: continuity of the truth and the spread of the gospel.
So where does a Bible college fit into this process?
In this episode of the Spiritual Leadership Podcast, I sat down with Tobi England, the chief academic officer of West Coast Baptist College, and Paul Choi, a WCBC administrative liaison, to discuss the role of a Bible college education in ministry training. Admittedly, we had a bias for WCBC, but I believe this episode will be helpful for pastors and anyone sensing God’s call into the ministry, regardless of what Bible college you may be considering.
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