Porterbook: Twin Cities – Equipping Christians For Gospel Ministry

Porterbrook Learning is a theological training course equipping Christians for ministry in the local church and church planting.

The last term started fall 2015 and ran through spring of 2016. Stay tuned for the start of the next term.

Porterbrook connects the heart and mission to the Bible story. Antioch Community Church is excited to partner with Trinity City Church and Hiawatha Church to provide Porterbrook: Twin Cities. Porterbrook Learning helps ordinary Christians learn how to serve Jesus and his people better — whether they are church leaders, church planters, or simply Christians wanting to become more mission-focused.

A Porterbrook year consists of 3 Terms, with 4 courses in each. During each Term you will meet in Study Groups with others from your church or area to discuss the courses. Each Term ends with a Conference Day where all the Study Groups come together for a day of lecture and discussion related to the themes within the Term.

Each Term we will have different courses from four learning streams


Bible & Doctrine
Understanding and teaching the entire bible

Character
Living and leading out of a gospel-transformed heart

Church
Establishing, growing, and leading a community on mission

World
Understanding your ministry context and how to engage others with the gospel

FAQs

When will the next term start? When can I sign up?

The last term started September 2015 and ran through spring of 2016. Stay tuned for the start of the next term.

Are there any entrance criteria for admission to Porterbrook: Twin Cities?

You do not need to have any previous experience or training to study with a Porterbrook Learning Site.

Is Porterbrook Learning a suitable alternative to Bible College, in terms of preparation for ministry?

The things you will learn with Porterbrook Learning are very different to what is traditionally taught in Bible College. You won’t learn how to parse Greek with Porterbrook Learning, but you will learn how to live an ordinary life with gospel intentionality. We strongly believe that Porterbrook Learning is an excellent resource for training church leaders, particularly as the course has a strong emphasis on character, which is essential for all leadership training.

I have a degree in theology, why should I take Porterbrook Learning?

One of the points of a formal degree is to give you the framework for lifelong learning. The objective of a formal degree is not to end study with your final paper. Porterbrook is a chance to keep learning and relearning. In addition, since Porterbrook is church-based training, each person gets to immediately apply the content in the context of the local church.

Do the courses come with a reading list?

No. The only books you’ll need are a Bible and the course from Porterbrook. Many of the courses contain suggestions for further reading if you would like to find out more about that subject.

Can I see a sample of some of the material?

Click Here to see samples from the courses.

Will I have exams to take or assignments to submit?

Porterbrook:Twin Cities may ask you to do assignments, whether written or presented orally, and you will be given feedback by other students and facilitators. The purpose of the assignments is to help consolidate what you have been learning, and to encourage and learn from others students. There is no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’.

Is there a discount for unwaged?

If finances are an issue, Porterbrook: Twin Cities may be able to offer support for the unwaged. Contact us for more details.

Is the course accredited?

The course is not accredited and there is no qualification to be gained from doing the course. Our aim is to equip ordinary Christians to live their lives with Gospel intentionality. However, Porterbrook: Twin Cities is able to work towards a Ministry License through the North Central District with those who wish to move into vocational ministry. Since a Ministry License is temporary, it is valid for three years and leads either to the Certificate of Christian Ministry (which focuses on theological proficiency) or the Certificate of Ordination (which focuses on theological mastery). Those who want to move from the Ministry License to either Certification must work with the North Central District. While not officially recognized by any external colleges or universities, the course has been commended and endorsed by the Acts 29 Network, Timothy Keller (Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NY), Vaughan Roberts (St Ebbe’s, Oxford) and Alan Hirsch (Forge Mission Training Network)

Please email us if you have any other questions.