Practical | Missional | Accessible
Porterbrook is a theological training course which equips ordinary men and women to do everyday gospel ministry.
Porterbrook was developed in the United Kingdom out of a desire to have high quality theological training available in local churches. There are now thirty learning sites around the world in the UK, Australia, South Africa, Italty and in the United States. New City is thrilled to bring Porterbrook Learning to Cincinnati.
Some of the distinctives of the Porterbrook program are that it is not knowledge simply for knowledge's sake. Every module is practical in nature, and every module pushes us to think about how we can join in God's mission. (See the videos below for more information on the program)
How it works?
We don't want to take away from the things you are already doing, so we've tried to be creative in how we implement this. The modules will work like this:
- Self-Study (approx 2 hrs/week)
- Monthly Lab (Wednesday at 6:30pm) [offered on "off weeks" for our community groups]
- Prayer partner
*Porterbrook is in trimesters. Signing up for one trimester doesn't obligate you to any future classes with Porterbrook. But if you do sign up, you must take all 3 modules.
$30/person or $45/couple. Pay by check at orientation.
When is it?
- Orientation is Sunday April 28th @ 11:30am [we'll meet @ Parker school right after our morning worship gathering]
- Labs will meet at 6:30pm Wednesdays May 29th, June 26th & July 24th @ Hyde Park Bethlehem UMC, 3799 Hyde Park Ave. Cincinnati, Oh 45209 (@ the corner of Hyde Park Ave. & Madison Ave. in Oakley)
What are we learning?
The Summer 2013 modules are:
- Union With Christ (May) This module explores the compelling and foundational doctrine of union with Christ. It begins by looking at the Church's historical discussion of the doctrine, moving on to study the Biblical basis for our union with Christ in his death and resurrection. We will think about how believers express union with Christ, how that union impacts every area of life for the family of God, and the every day missional implications. This doctrine motivates gospel action by the reality of not only what Jesus has accomplished for us and in us, but also because of the joy that is ours from knowing that we are ‘in Christ’.
- Church History in Missional Perspective (June) This module looks at the history of the church over the past 2000 years. Henry Ford once famously asserted that, 'History is bunk'. While such negativity reveals much about the ambitions of the great industrialist, it offers little insight into the nature and purpose of historical study. The gospel teaches us that God has revealed not only his character, but also his will and purpose for his creation. History must be understood as his-story.
- Engaging Culture (July) This module explores the intersection of the gospel and the culture. Utilizing creative works such as works by Ben Folds Five and TV shows such as The West Wing, this module challenges us to see how we are formed by story and how we can make connections to the gospel through the stories that surround us.
Future trimesters will include (subject to change): Fall 2013: Living the Cross and Resurrection, The Bible in Missional Perspective, Missional Church & Church Planting.
How to register? Fill out this form: