Meeting an Urgent Need
The apostle Paul told Timothy to ‘pass on the baton’ of the gospel – it was to be entrusted to reliable people who were qualified to teach others (2 Timothy 2:2). Training for East Anglia Ministry (TEAM) exists to help train these people, whether they teach in the pulpit or the youth group; whether they go into paid ministry or minister alongside their other responsibilities; whether they are young or old. We want to help people in East Anglia proclaim God’s truth, care for his people and build his church.
TEAM focuses on helping people understand and teach the Bible – be it in an up-front, small group or one-to-one setting. We are unashamed in this focus on interpretation and communication of Scripture so that we can speak God’s word rightly and relevantly today. TEAM also spends time looking at a broad spectrum of Christian ministry including areas like counselling, evangelism, mission and youth work. The course is taught through a mix of lectures, discussions and small gro up work. We aim that all our content will stretch minds while maintaining a practical focus. TEAM runs on Wednesdays, 10am – 4pm, for three ten-week terms between September and July. It is held in the heart of Cambridge at Eden Baptist Church and is easily accessible from Cambridge bus and train stations.
1. Biblical and Systematic Theology
TEAM believes that there is a storyline that runs through the whole of the Bible that we need to grasp before we look at individual passages. There is therefore a detailed Bible overview tracing the unifying themes through all of Scripture.
We examine key doctrines of the Christian faith such as the person and work of Christ, salvation, the church and eschatology. This provides coherence in what we believe and helps equip us in applying Christian truth to the world.
Detailed examination of different Biblical books gives worked examples of how to understand a book and teach it today.
4. Practical ministry
Practical areas of ministry give insight into and real life examples of Christian ministry. These includes ministry to groups such as children & youth and overseas students. It also includes practical areas such as counselling, sexual ethics, preaching and evangelism.
5. Hands on practice
The last session of each day takes place in small groups. These groups encourage friendship and mutual support within TEAM as well as providing a low risk environment to try out and improve skills such as giving a short talk or leading a small group Bible Study.
TEAM is backed by the East Anglia Gospel Partnership (EAGP) – one of a number of such partnerships set up across the country to promote gospel ministry. The course is led by Jonathan Carter, with regular input from a number of ministers and church workers in the East Anglian region, with occasional invited speakers from further afield. The steering group includes: Katherine Price (St Matthew’s, Cambridge), Julian Hardyman (Eden Baptist Church, Cambridge); Mike Kendall (St Neots Evangelical Church), Simon Scott (All Saints, Little Shelford), Rich Alldritt (St Andrew the Great, Cambridge), Chris Lowe (St John’s Orchard Park).
What does TEAM offer?
- Opportunity to listen to God’s word carefully together
- An overview of Biblical theology tracing the major themes of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation
- Hands on practice in understanding and teaching God’s word
- Stimulus to develop your own discipleship and spiritual maturity
- Systematic theology of core doctrines
- Insight into various aspects of contemporary Christian ministry
- Fellowship with like-minded people from a variety of backgrounds
What is the cost of the course?
From September 2017, the cost of the course will be £200 per term, totalling £600 for the year. This is payable at the start of each term. This covers course handouts, any books that may be used as part of the small group stream and refreshments (but not lunches). TEAM does offer a bursary for students who require it. For any further information about a bursary please contact the TEAM Administrator, Alison Webb.
What are the term dates for 2017-18?
Autumn Term: 20 September – 29 November (Half term 25 October)
Spring Term: 10 January – 21 March (Half term 14 February)
Summer Term: 25 April – 4 July (Half term 30 May)
Can I join the course part way through or just do one term?
Unfortunately we do not accept applications part way through the course and we encourage students to complete the full TEAM programme over the year as otherwise valuable teaching material will be missed.
Is TEAM for you?
TEAM is open to men and women of all ages from all denominations and church groups. We are looking for people with a desire to learn and to grow in ability in Christian ministry. Students include a wide range of people: some work for churches as apprentices or lay assistants or youth/children’s workers, some are working people who take time off to do the course, others are retired. TEAM costs £200 per term, payable at the start of each term. This covers all course handouts and refreshments (but not lunches). If you would like to enroll for TEAM at the next academic year please download an application form and the TEAM brochure;
For more information
Contact the TEAM administrator Alison Webb:
TEAM Administrator, Eden Baptist Church, 1 Fitzroy Street, Cambridge, CB1 1ER