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Lighthouse Ministries is intending to pursue online training from 2020, with other options available for small groups to also make use of the study material in their own time and setting. More details will follow soon SO WATCH THIS SPACE.
What needs to be addressed is what is the purpose and the intention of such study courses and training. It is for one reason and one reason only – to make disciples. This is in fulfillment of the Great Commission of Matthew 28 to go out and to make disciples.
IT NEEDS TO BE MADE VERY CLEAR THAT THESE COURSES ARE NOT DESIGNED TO PROVIDE ACCREDITED TRAINING TO BECOME A PASTOR, OR TO BE A COUNSELLOR OR A PRACTIONER OF THEOLOGY OR DIVINITY.
We are simply interested in making disciples. Thus those who seek the Kingdom and who wish to know more about discipleship. It is thus for one’s own benefit, but also to ultimately serve the Lord and His eternal Kingdom.
After all, the church is saturated with pastors, but there are few disciples. And so the Lord’s words of Matthew 9 rings true in verse 37 that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. And this is a huge problem, for every true follower of the Lord is firstly a son or daughter of the Most High, and then a disciple before he even walks in his or her calling or mandate. Thus every disciple, meaning those who follow the Lord no matter their levels of education of training, is called to be actively involved in the Kingdom, empowered by the inner manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
Yet, there is more than ever a growing misunderstanding and perceptive regarding what is true discipleship and how we are all called to be disciples and to make disciples. This means each and every follower of the Lord must be a disciple, and such a disciple must be able to share the Word be it in the form of preaching, teaching or evangelism, and that the disciples must go out and baptize and then also make other disciples. And yes, every disciple is called to lay hands on the sick and the spiritually oppressed. This is about relationship, about following, and about being led completely by the Lord in His Service.
It should also be noted, that for those who are interested to pursue further training in accredited pastoral studies, please remember that being a pastor is a calling, not a job. A pastor is nothing more than an under-shepherd, looking after the flock under the complete guidance of the one and true Shepherd – our Lord Jesus. This calls for great responsibility. As mentioned, no matter your calling, first be a disciple, which is thus the call for all to first know the Lord and how to follow Him.
Lighthouse Ministries is thus only intending to equip and empower people to be disciples, thus to know what it means to be one and how to walk as a disciple. Course 1 deals primarily with discipleship, followed by a course on the Holy Spirit and thirdly a course on evangelism. For those who wish to learn more, a course on deliverance can be followed. After all, deliverance is NOT a separate ministry, but part and parcel of the walk of any disciple.
More information in due time will be provided on the courses and how it will run and operate.
AGAIN, IT NEEDS TO BE STRESSED THESE COURSES CARRY NO OFFICIAL ACCREDITATION, AND YOU CANNOT BE RECOGNIZED AS AN ACCREDITED PASTOR ONCE COMPLETED. BUT, YOU WILL BE A DISCIPLE, ACCREDITED BY GOD, AND RECOGNIZED BY THE MOST HIGH. CERTIFICATES WILL BE ISSUED, BUT MORE IMPROTANTLY, YOU WILL BE ON THE RIGHT PATH OF BEING A DISCIPLE.
Thus, these teaching can ONLY be used as foundational tools in your spiritual walk.
Lighthouse Ministries fully supports those who wish to pursue accredited studies or degrees in divinity, theology, pastoral studies or pastoral counseling. In no way do we discredit such institutions of learning or its value or need. As long as it is to the glory of God, and in the service of the Kingdom.
THE COURSES ARE ENDORSED BY THE FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN CHURCHES IN AFRICA
Regarding the course on discipleship, this study guide consists out of five modules. This study guide will help any believer to know what it means to be a disciple and what it means to walk and function as one to the glory of the Lord.
Regarding the course on the Holy Spirit, the course focuses in-depth on who is the Holy Spirit, the work of the Holy Spirit and how a believer yields and walks in the Spirit of the Lord.
The course on evangelism is a must for all disciples, as it is the mandate of every disciple to evangelise. This will be a much shorter course than Discipleship or the Work of the Holy Spirit, and will be geared towards being more interactive.
Regarding the course on deliverance, the course focuses in-depth on what is deliverance and what is not deliverance. The course deals with deliverance of the spirit and the soul, and covers subjects such as legal doorways, the reality of the spiritual realm, soul ties, generational curses and how to be victorious.
The course on the prophetic is only to equip and train those who have been called to the office as mandated by God, or who have a prophetic gift. No one can be trained to be a prophet or administer the gift unless ordained by the Lord.
In whatever means or ways the courses are studied and consumed, Lighthouse Ministries will provide constant support to answer questions, to provide guidance or further insights as the Lord leads.