On a recent Skype call I had to Uganda, Dan walked me through his plans to kick-off their Church-based Training in Biblical Studies (C-TBS) for 2013. This Bible Training fulfills a big need in many Ugandan and East African churches, as often pastors have limited Bible training yet are leading large congregations in remote regions.
Dan has been teaching the Bible for over 20 years, and this ministry is the central focus of the work Christian Model Ministries does. Every year, Dan and his team pray and pick a new rural location in Uganda, and in 2013 they will providing 8 months of Bible training to ministers and other Christians in the city of Mukono Uganda.
The CMM Team is currently preparing for C-TBS orientation with the students, doing enrollment admin work, syllabus review, much prayer, and the purchase of certain things like Bibles. Dan will lead the first 3 weeks of the Bible training, using the inductive method, and the teaching sessions will be held at Deliverance Church in Mukono.
Other C-TBS teachers include Edward and Godfrey (leaders at CMM), as well as colleagues and theologians from other Ugandan churches and YWAM.
C-TBS does lectures once or twice a week, every Saturdays from 9 to 1pm, and sometimes Thursday evenings doing questions, answers, and support. Students have assignments focused on a particular book in the Bible, and hand in assignments weekly on Saturday mornings. Dan reviews and comments on all assignments.
The students are mostly pastors and Christians who have full-time jobs, families to support, and so it is a real blessing to get affordable high quality inductive Bible training brought to their cities and villages. These students can not afford the money and time cost to leave their work and families to get Bible training at a Bible College or Seminary. Students commit to 1.5 hours every day of Bible study and course work.
I asked Dan “Why Mukono?”
Dan said “It is one of the cities in Uganda which is growing very fast. It has many bad things happening within the community and the Mukono church needs much support.”
One of Dan’s Canadian Friends