Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to have lived in the first century? Imagine if you had the opportunity to walk with Jesus like the New Testament disciples. What would it have been like to sit a few feet from Jesus and listen to the Sermon on the Mount; ask questions about the parables you heard; daily walk with Jesus. John said that if all the words of Jesus had been written down, there would not be books enough to contain them. Hearing the wisdom of God was just the beginning, though. Watch how Jesus treated the woman in adultery; see Him lovingly lift a child into His arms; see the 5000 fed from a small boy’s lunch. You wouldn’t just learn Truth, you saw Truth in action. You walked the Gospel daily, living out the Gospel among the people. Yes, you could have gone to the school of Gamaliel for spiritual training. You could have even gone to Greece to study the wisdom of Plato and Aristotle. Engage in the Epicurean and Stoic philosophies of the day and debate what truth was. Unfortunately, these schools of the Rabbis and Greeks were not the Jesus style, nor are they the Cross Style.
At the School of Practical Ministry we have embraced the roots of Biblical Christianity: combining the teaching of God’s Word with the movement of God in touching a hurt and lost world. Our typical methods of Christian education have failed to produce New Testament disciples. Isn’t it time we approached discipleship like Jesus did? Take a few believers, immerse them in the Word and lead them out into the world. Light shining in darkness; not light sealed within the walls of a college campus. Three years with Jesus, that is what we need. Believers who walk away from the normal life proclaimed as the American dream and embrace the dream of Jesus. “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
Have you heard the call of Jesus? Do you read your Bible and say, “Why don’t I look like the disciples of the first century?” Do you desire to be a Stephen, Philip, Timothy, Silas, Barnabas, Theophilus, or Cornelius? Then study the same way the early Church did: men of God mentoring and training you while walking the life of a disciple before you. This is the vision of the School of Practical Ministry. We are not teaching a philosophy. We are living the Cross Style. You will bleed, suffer and die while God changes the world through you. If you are seeking comfort, ease and a prosperous future, then the School of Practical Ministry is not for you. If you want to know what it really means to be Christ-like, a living Sacrifice and a true disciple, then perhaps you found a home.