This is the starting point of training for church members, ministry leaders and pastors. The training is running in some thirty countries with over 10,000 people currently in training. The training takes the form of four modules with the following characteristics:
- It emphasises the development of the whole person by bringing the Bible and the practical world together. With a strong emphasis on teaching skills to the participants, Veritas offers the training on different levels according to the needs of the participants.
- It is run by churches in collaboration with Veritas College that provides the curriculum and all materials. Veritas trains all facilitators.
- It seeks to integrate the different theological disciplines through the practice of interactive theology. For example, students cover a particular subject by interpreting the Bible. They then apply the biblical answers to the individual and society in their specific context. They then work out how to effectively communicate these answers to others.
- It is based on our educational philosophy of Integrated Leadership Development.
Content of the training
The sequence of the content is organised to encourage students to do theology themselves and apply it in ministry.
- Students first acquire the skills to interpret a specific type of biblical literature and then practise their skills by interpreting passages of Scripture.
- They then apply the absolutes of the passages in their specific context through discussion in small group Bible studies.
- They then aquire the skills of communication like teaching and preaching to minister the absolutes of the Gospel.
Students repeat this process on all the different types of literature and Bible books throughout the four modules, following a holistic process that runs from the interpretation of the biblical message to its communication.