Layers of Learning
A significant feature that sets the Bethel Series apart from other Bible study programs is the training provided for the pastors or qualified lay leaders before they implement the program in their congregation. The pastoral training will provide the interesting history of the Bethel Series program which includes the rationale for its existence. There is an emphasis on the fact that the text was written as an overview of the Bible and was written for comprehension by lay people. The training emphasizes the difference in Eastern and Western thought form and gives an alert to the dangers of proof-texting.
The content of the overview study is presented along with ideas and principles of communication, but the primary purpose of the pastoral training is providing the tools for the administration of the program. The goal is that each congregation that enrolls will be guaranteed the success of the Bethel Series.
Following the training, the minister or qualified lay leader will recruit and select a cadre of potential teachers and congregational leaders from the congregation to begin the intensive training phase of the Bethel Series. These key people will study with the trained minister for 2 ½ hours each week and fulfill homework requirements. At the conclusion of the training, the church will thrive with a strong nucleus of knowledgeable, biblically trained teachers who are ready to assume leadership roles in the congregation.
Following the two years of intensive study with the Bethel trained leader, the congregation will reap the rewards with people who are well prepared for service in many discipleship roles, but especially for teaching the congregational phase of the Bethel Series. By following the well-developed plan for recruitment for the classes, interest will already be generated among church members who are now eager to participate. The congregational phase of the Bethel Series is ready to take off and it will be taught by the congregations very own well-trained teachers.