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      Some Local Books
      • The Prideful Soul's Guide to Humility
        The Prideful Soul's Guide to Humility
        by Thomas Jones, Michael Fontenot
      • Repentance: A Cosmic Shift of Mind and Heart
        Repentance: A Cosmic Shift of Mind and Heart
        by Edward J Anton
      • Redeeming the Broken Body: Church and State After Disaster (Theopolitical Visions)
        Redeeming the Broken Body: Church and State After Disaster (Theopolitical Visions)
        by Gabriel A. Santos

      Ministry Training Academy (MTA) for TentMakers and Staff

      TentMakers equips the “working staff” (e.g. Aquila & Priscilla) for ministry roles and responsibilities via:

      • MTA teaching curriculum of twelve core classes completed over a 36 month schedule (We are coordinating all course curricula with the International Churches of Christ MTA program. You can find out more about the core curriculum of MTA HERE)
      • Direct discipleship and leadership from church staff

      In order to equip disciples to:

      • Effectively lead a church, region or ministry
      • Preach and teach effectively
      • Balance life’s priorities within a context that effectively pleases and serves God
      • Show competency in Evangelism, Discipling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Church Building, Church History, Apologetics, NT & OT Surveys, Biblical Exegesis, Expository Preaching, Ecclesiology, Soteriology, Biblical Counseling, and World Religions
      Thursday
      Mar132014

      How To Effectively Grow Your Small Church Workshop

      Rob Skinner conducted workshop for the leadership of the ACR churches to promote church growth. All the videos of his lessons (as well as his class notes) are now available.

      Thursday
      Mar132014

      MTA Core Classes at Commonwealth Academy in 2014

      • New Testament Survey in Roanoke VA on 12-14 January 2014. Taught by Dr. Gabe Santos, Professor at Lynchburg College and Chair of Religious Studies
      • Biblical Exegesis I in Pittsburgh PA on 6-8 June 2014. Taught by Brett Miller and Ed Anton. 
      • Biblical Exegesis II in Schwenksville PA on 28-30 June 2014. Taught by Brett Miller and Ed Anton in conjunction with the Hope For Kids Leadership Academy at Camp Hope for Kids.
      • Spiritual Disciplines and Character Development in Schwenksville PA on 1-2 July 2014. Taught by Dr. Steve Kinnard, chairman of MTA board. This class is also offered in conjunction with the Hope for Kids Leadership Academy at Camp Hope for Kids.

      Saturday
      Nov172012

      TentMakers (MTP & MTA) Classes for 2012-2013

      As we close out 2012 and look forward to 2013, it's exciting to announce the following courses that will soon be offered through Commonwealth Academy's TentMakers Curriculum (this is the curriculum that will include the MTA proposed courses):

      • 14-16 December 2012. DiscipleMakers for Ministers. Here's an in depth class on helping seekers come to saving faith.This class is an in-depth exploration how to study the Bible with people that goes well beyond the basics of First Principles. Commonwealth Academy main campus in Newport News, VA.
      • 12-13 January 2013. Christian Apologetics. This class is formatted for Campus Commonwealth Academy students (Juniors and Seniors in College) but all MTA students are welcome to join.This course introduces the student to the study of Christian evidences.  The student will learn how to put together convincing presentations for unbelievers, and make apologetics a part of his or her own personal ministry. Montgomery County Church will host this class at the campus of University of MD
      • 1-3 February 2013. Purity and Integrity. This core course from the MTA curriculum helps to protect ministers from chronic sin and damaging compromise. It is the enemy from within rather than the adversary from without that challenges us most. Therefore we must not only know God and His word, we must also know ourselves – including our weaknesses and flaws - so that we may live lives of purity and righteousness – from the inside out. Commonwealth Academy main campus in Newport News, VA.
      • 6-8 (and 9-10) June 2013. Expository Preaching. This class teaches the student how to develop powerful and practical sermons from the biblical text based upon proven exegetical principles. This class is formatted for Campus Commonwealth Academy students (Juniors and Seniors in College) but all MTA students are welcome to join. This class will run Fri-Sun for TentMakers and Mon-Tue for full time staff and interns. Commonwealth Academy main campus in Newport News, VA with supplemental class space at ODU.
      • 8-10 (and 11-12) November 2013. Church & Doctrinal HistoryThis class traces the history of the Christian Church from 70AD to the modern age with special attention given to turning points that affect Christian doctrines and church polity. Commonwealth Academy main campus in Newport News, VA.  This class will run Fri-Sun for TentMakers and Mon-Tue for full time staff and interns.

       

      Wednesday
      May302012

      Next TentMakers Class Combines Campus Initiative

      Class Slides are now available for download here.

      The ACR School of Missions kicks off this weekend, 1-3 June 2012, in State College, PA. Over 90 campus ministry students will join our regular TentMakers as we study Biblical Exegesis. Here are some administrative details for the class:

      As a reminder, you must call and make your own reservation at the Ramada Inn (http://ramadasc.com, 1450 S Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801 ) under the name “School of Missions” to receive the reduced room rate. All classes will be held 5 minutes away at the Days Inn in downtown State College where the church regularly meets (http://www.daysinn.com/hotels/pennsylvania/state-college/days-inn-state-college/hotel-overview, 240 South Pugh Street, State College, PA 16801 US). Everyone can carpool. Check this Google maps link for directions - http://goo.gl/maps/2e26

      School of Missions

      The cost for School of Missions is $35.00 per person. You can have your ministry cut one big check for everyone from your group or pay individually on site. Checks can be made out to Hampton Roads Church. 

      What to Pack

      •  Bible and notebook/laptop (be ready to take lots of notes)
      • Clothes for 3 days including church on Sunday
      • Money for food and transportation

      Schedule:

      Friday

      • 5:00pm – 6:30pm – arrive and check into Ramada Inn 
      • 7:00pm – 9:30pm – Session 1, Days Inn

      Saturday

      • 9:00am – 12:30pm – Session 2, Days Inn
      • 12:30pm – 1:45pm – Lunch Break
      • 2:00pm – 6:00pm – Session 3, Days Inn
      • 6:30pm – dinner and free time

      Sunday

      • 10:00am – 12:00pm – Worship with the State College Church of Christ, Days Inn
      • 12:00pm – 1:15pm – Lunch Break
      • 1:30pm – 4:30pm – Session 4, Days Inn
      Thursday
      Dec292011

      Get Ready for Ecclesiology

      The next TentMakers (MTP) class - Ecclesiology -  will take place 10-12 February 2012 at our Newport News, VA, campus. Prepare for the class by reading The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today by Everett Ferguson. Classes begin at 6:45pm Friday and end by 4:45pm Sunday. Look here for more information and pre-class preparations.

      Tuesday
      Nov162010

      2011 TentMakers Classes

      February 4-5 Classic Skills for the Minister (logic, classic rhetoric, mnemonics, time management, project management, communicating in print, principled negotiation, delegation, and software tools for the minister)

       

      March 4-6 Old Testament Survey (a great study on the historical background and culture that prompted the writings of the books of OT)

       

      June 3-5 Biblical Exegesis (principles for sound interpretation of the Bible with a careful investigation of various genre including poetry, prophecy, narrative, parables, letters, and apocalyptic literature)

       

      December 2-4 Expository Preaching (the process by which a faithful preacher moves from Biblical text to Sermon - with preaching labs)

      Sunday
      May232010

      Ecclesiology

      The study of the Church: its development, offices, polity, metaphors, and authority; look for the curriculum in fall of 2011 as this course will be offered in the Commonwealth Academy in 2012.

      Sunday
      May232010

      Soteriology

      A brief systematic theology with a focus on both Theology (the study of God) and Anthropology (the study of man). Look for more information about this class in the fall of 2011; it will be offered through Commonwealth Academy in mid 2012.

      Sunday
      May232010

      Expository Preaching

      Here is a brief overview of the course that will be offered through Commonwealth Academy in December of 2011. You can also check out some videos from earlier students at our YouTube channel.

       

      Sunday
      May232010

      Biblical Exegesis

      June 3-5 2011; look here for more details about preparing for the class.