Why The Taster Programme?
No greater responsibility has been given to the church than training and equipping men and women for ministry. After all Jesus himself said, “Go and Make disciples!” not converts, but disciples. So there is no more certain way to grow your church than to train men and women – and release them into ministry.
For many pastors the challenge of training others seems to be too great. How can I train them? Where can I find a suitable programme that is recognised? Who will do the teaching? Where do I get the time? What of recognition?
Solving these problems is our ministry; it has been our mandate in the Lord since 1974.
Vision Colleges are specialist Bible Colleges.
From the beginning we have specialised on two fronts of ministry training,
1. Distance education for individual students and
2. Establishing local church Bible colleges.
Both programmes are now worldwide, with students in over 150 nations.
The strength of Vision Colleges lies in our conviction that the best people to train men and women for the work of the ministry are the pastors and ministry team in a local church. This has been the heartbeat of Vision since it was founded in 1974. We aim to be a tool in the hands of the local churches, a marriage of skills and resources, Vision provides what most pastors cannot – a sound teaching programme to develop understanding, knowledge and wisdom; while the church provides what Vision cannot – the practical experience at the coal face of ministry.
Preparing men and woman for ministry – this task of fulfilling of the Great Commission – requires huge commitment of time, money and personnel that few churches or ministries have the resources to make such training possible, but with Vision you can do it!
How can you be sure that Vision Colleges is right for you?
That we will be there helping you to fulfil the vision God has given you, a “silent partner”, one that does not impose its will on you or your ministry. To find out we invite you, your ministry team and your church to try us, test out our “Taster Programme” to “taste us” as the scripture says:
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him. Psalm 34:8
To paraphrase the psalmist – “Oh taste and see that Vision is good...”
How Do You Run A Taster Programme?
For one month, your local church presents a single subject, just as you would if you had set up a campus in your church. Your ministry team will select a subject from the Vision curriculum, and your teacher will present it employing your typical lecture methods, time tabling, and resources for the month so that you and the church can determine if Vision is the right choice for you, and do so without obligation to the church or the students to proceed any further.
At the end of the month you will decide to continue or not to continue.
To continue as a college you will complete some paperwork, enrol your students, order the next subject and prepare for your next lecture
If you decide not to continue then you have taught an excellent subject, your members have been enriched all of the students will have a text book – everyone benefits.
Who should attend the “Taster” class?
- is serious about Bible college;
- who is curious about the Bible;
- who would like to “learn that subject”.
What is taught?
The Pastor (or a delegate) selects a subject from the Vision Curriculum.
Having attended the Taster Programme do I have to finish college?
Not at all - this is an opportunity to find out for yourself if Vision is right for you.
What do I get from the Taster Programme?
A month of sound teaching, a text book, on the subject of choice and the option of continuing studies.
What is the cost of the Taster Programme?
$35.00 per student for the subject. (The church may choose to charge more or less but the College fee must be met).
If the church does not want to continue with the Colleges what is the cost?
Simply the cost of the “Taster Subject”, nothing more, there is no further obligation.
If the church decides not to run a college can students continue to study individually?
Yes they can enrol as distance students with Vision.
Can I get academic credits for the Taster Subject?
Yes if you complete the exam and enrol to continue your studies we grant you the credits at no extra cost for the “Taster Subject”.
What do we do next?
Contact the colleges to start the Taster Program.
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