November 2020 – UPDATES
We’ve had a fantastic year of training and growth despite the challenges and disruptions of COVID-19. So far, we’ve been able to meet together in-person every week (with appropriate physical distancing measures) which has been invaluable for our cohesion as a cohort and ease of feedback and training exercises.
From a curriculum standpoint, our main focus this Fall has been in-depth work on “Preparing to Preach or Teach” , which examines finding the structure, context, theme, aim, and communication from a given passage.
Additionally, we’ll be reading and discussing two books, the first a theological work focusing on the hope of heaven in the Christian life, and the second on the theory and implementation of catechesis within congregations.
From a ministry standpoint, there has been an abundance of opportunity within St. John’s for apprentices to lead, preach, and care for others. Each apprentice is well into their ministry plan for the semester, and are doing a great job leading in small groups, Ekklesia, women’s ministry, catechesis, pastoral care, and assisting in our live streamed services. One of the best opportunities to integrate all the aspects of pastoral ministry training has been our “Artizo takeover” of the Tuesday evening Compline zoom service. Apprentices take turns leading the service liturgy each week, sharing a five-minute reflection on a Psalm, and praying for any needs that arise. This has been an excellent training opportunity, as well as a blessing to this community within St. John’s. I am thankful to God for the way he is using Artizo to train, equip and minister in this difficult season.
Rev. Ben Roberts, Director of Training