Church-Based Training

Dr. Stan DeKoven

Church-Based Training

Insights for establishing church-based Bible training.

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Watch, listen, and learn as Stan DeKoven shows you how to establish church-based Bible training.

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Church-Based Training

Brad Andrews sits down with Dr. Berin Gilfillan about plaining a Bible institute. 

Course Overview

This course delves into various aspects of leadership development, educational ministry, and planning a Bible institute. It emphasizes Jesus’ focus on raising leaders, the role of effective teaching and the local church in disciples’ training, and the goal of preparing faithful individuals committed to God’s Word for effective service. The importance of a balanced educational philosophy, along with the need for qualified faculty and adequate resources, is highlighted to equip students for ministry. Church-Based Training concludes by emphasizing unity and interdependence in the pursuit of maturity within the Bible institute’s community.

Course Description:

This course immerses participants in the foundational approach to ministry training based on Jesus’ model. Emphasis is placed on the Great Commission’s global mandate, making disciples through teaching and training for effective service. Examining the early Church’s experiences, including the Jerusalem Explosion and Antioch Experience, students discover how leaders were nurtured within local congregations. The session concludes with Paul’s systematic teaching in Ephesus, highlighting the transformative outcomes evident in extraordinary miracles and the widespread spread of the Gospel (Acts 19:11). This course advocates for systematic, Spirit-led training within the local church.

What You’ll Learn

  • Understanding the foundational principles of ministry training based on Jesus’ model.
  • Emphasis on the Great Commission and its global mandate.
  • Examination of the early Church’s experiences in raising leaders within the local church.
  • Insights into Paul’s systematic teaching in Ephesus for comprehensive theological and practical training.
  • Recognition of the transformative outcomes, including extraordinary miracles and Gospel spread (Acts 19:11).

Who Should Take This Course:

  • Individuals aspiring to engage in ministry and service within the local church.
  • Discipleship leaders and mentors seeking to understand effective training models.
  • Ministry leaders aiming to implement Spirit-led, systematic training within their congregations.
  • Students preparing for leadership roles in Christian ministry.


1. Model for Ministry Training

In this session, we explore the foundational approach to ministry training based on Jesus’ model. Emphasizing the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20), the session underscores the global mandate to make disciples, teaching and training for effective service. Examining the early Church’s experiences, including the Jerusalem Explosion and the Antioch Experience, we learn how leaders were raised within the local church. The session concludes with Paul’s systematic teaching in Ephesus, emphasizing comprehensive training in theology and practical Christian living. The transformative outcome of this model is evident in extraordinary miracles and the widespread spread of the Gospel (Acts 19:11). This session advocates for systematic, Spirit-led training within the local church.

2. The Goal and Objective of Educational Ministry

In this session, emphasis is placed on replicating faithful disciples committed to the Word of God. Drawing from 2 Timothy 2:2, the goal is to identify individuals full of faith, intimately connected to the Word, and capable of teaching others. The ultimate aim is a consistent Christian lifestyle and preparation for full-time service in God’s kingdom. Love, a good conscience, and sincere faith are the central objectives, surpassing mere academic achievements. The educational philosophy mirrors Jesus’ balanced growth in wisdom, stature, favor with God, and favor with men. The session concludes with the importance of planning, commitment, and networking for establishing a Bible training institute.

3. Planning Your Institute

Session 3: “Planning Your Institute” emphasizes the practical aspects of establishing a Bible institute. The session delves into the importance of studying the Bible systematically, drawing insights from 2 Timothy 3:16-17. The lesson outlines key considerations, including securing a suitable location, recruiting dedicated individuals, creating a well-thought-out program, and managing resources effectively. It underscores the need for a delivery system, offering various methods such as video and lectures. Choosing a comprehensive curriculum, selecting qualified faculty, and providing necessary resources for their growth are crucial. The session highlights resourcefulness, commitment, and the importance of student engagement, emphasizing that everyone involved should be lifelong learners.

Trimester 3



No. of Sessions

3 Sessions

Running Time

1 hr 16 min


June 7, 1996

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About the Instructor

Dr. Stan DeKoven

Dr. Stan DeKoven is an ordained minister, professional Christian counselor, licenced therapist, educator, and author.

He is the Founder and President of Vision International College and Seminary. Vision International offers academic degree programs designed to prepare men and women for professional service in Christian ministry. He is actively establishing educational programs in practical theology around the world, via the International Training and Education Network and his personal teaching/preaching ministry.

Dr. Stan has served as a pastor, authored over 60 books and study guides in practical Christian living. Some of his books include: Grief ReliefJourney to WholenessNew Beginnings, I Want to Be Like You Dad, On Belay!, and Supernatural Architecture

He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, Clinical member of California and American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the American Association of Christian Counselors, Co-founder and Doctoral Diplomat from the International Association of Christian Care Professionals, and is a Certified School Psychologist. 

Dr. DeKoven is a graduate of San Diego State University (B.A. Psychology), Webster University (M.A. Counseling), Professional School of Psychological Studies (Ph.D. Counseling Psychology), Evangelical Theological Seminary (D.Min.), Omega Graduate School (D.Litt.).


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