Koi-a-whata? Koinonia (prounced coin-no-knee-a) was the greek word used in Philippians 1:6 to describe the relationship the New Testament churches engaged in around the Gospel. It is translated “partnership.” The Gospel work brings and binds local churches together in close relationship with each other. We believe the local churches are to know, support, and enable each other’s ministries for the purpose of seeing the Gospel advanced individually in our local churches and throughout our region. We seek to identify common needs in our churches and work together to meet them.
One of the first needs we see in our churches is that of developing men and women who are able to “teach others.” Part of effective discipleship is training and equipping leaders. We desire to work together to help equip our members to lead in their local churches. We have laid out a three phrase sequence of classes to help prepare our members with the knowledge and skills needed to advance the Gospel in their local churches.
While leadership training is a stepping-off point for our partnership, we do not at all see it as the ending point. We stand anticipating how the Gospel calling will grow and shape our partnership as a group of churches in the future.
Friday 6-9 PM and Saturday 9 AM-4 PM
Session Cost: $10 Meals Provided
Host Church: Walnut Creek Baptist Church
This day class is focused on helping equip students with the skills needed to effectively read, observe, and interpret the Bible. We will teach people how to use these Bible study methods to guide personal and group Bible studies.
This class is just the first in a series of classes we have planned in preparing church members for ministry. Here is a look at some of the future sessions for stage 1 training:
Acts: Church Planting and Mission (Coming this September)
Through this study the student will have a good awareness of how the church developed and expanded in the first century as is presented in the book of Acts. There will also be an explanation of the theology of the Holy Spirit and the church.
Methods for Teaching Adults (Winter 2022)
This course will introduce the student to key methods used in teaching adults. It will stress the importance of how these methods are used for teaching effectively.
Basics of Biblical Counseling (Spring 2022)
This course will expose the student to basic concepts of Biblical Counseling and help in applying these concepts to his life.
Overview of Basic Theology (Contact Partnering Church)
Each church is offering a personal class through the fundamentals of Biblical theology. The goal of this class is to help students understand the major Bible beliefs and have the ability to summarize them.
This event is not just the effort of one, but a partnership between many. Here are some churches working together and striving to equip each other:
Calvary Baptist Church - Lancaster, OH
Mogadore Baptist Church - Akron, OH
New Harmony Baptist Church - Caldwell, OH
Walnut Creek Baptist Church - Baltimore, OH