We are in support of an international Christian education institution that, through years of research and field testing, have developed a unique training process that works in any culture, and that can function even if resources are limited and without the need to go away to Bible training institutes.
Three main elements make up the philosophy and practice of the college:
- It all happens in the local church
- The whole person is developed
- The Bible and the practical world are brought together
These principals directly impact and strengthen the local Church by equipping people in a manner that builds on the work and ministry that is already in place. Most other forms of training require students to be taken out of their home environment at great expense, leaving gaps in their home Church.
Students are encouraged through the use of Interpretation Keys to understand the Bible for themselves and how it impacts their lives. This college is non-denominational and so does not supply a doctrinal framework to which students must subscribe. Instead, by using these keys, students grasp the truths contained in the Scriptures for themselves and learn how to apply them. The college material teaches you how to think, not what to think.
Through the various processes, the college promotes self-theologising (the doing of theology in context) that leads believers and Churches to maturity. This will be reflected in their lives and in their transforming influence on other individuals and families in the Church and on society at large, according to biblical principles. It is this uniqueness that makes the training very flexible and easily adaptable to any church situation.
The members of Open Hands have been first hand beneficiaries of the very education projects that they now seek to support.