Applied Ministry Philosophy

Are you an aspiring pastor? Are you a seminary student? Are you already in pastoral ministry, and you’re eager to broaden your understanding and experience of local church ministry? If so, then you may be excited to learn that FBC Diana is particularly interested in investing in you!
 

OVERVIEW

 
Our goal is to expose the ordinary life and ministry of the church and to simultaneously provide a biblical rationale for the undergirding ministry philosophy to those who are interested in serving and leading in a local church context.
 
Local church ministry creates a whole host of ecclesiological, doctrinal, and practical challenges; so, we seek to create a constructive setting in which students may engage some of these challenges. Below are three primary ways we do this.
 

THREE OPPORTUNITIES AT FBC DIANA

 

1. Guest Preaching

 
Several times per year, we welcome ministry students as guest preachers.
FBC Diana has a monthly Sunday evening service, which is a wonderful forum for new and inexperienced preachers to gain experience. We gladly offer pastoral guidance for preparation, and we also give constructive feedback and encouragement to the preachers who present sermons on these Sunday evenings.
 
Contact Pastor Marc Minter (marc@fbcdiana.org) to learn more about guest preaching at FBC Diana.
 

2. Weekender

 
A few times per year, students participate in something we call a “weekender.” Meals and lodging are provided for free, and students will also receive free books.
 
Preaching: Students observe and even participate in sermon preparation with the senior pastor. Students form an exegetical and a homiletical outline, and they also share in discussing possible pastoral applications for the assigned Scripture text.
 
Ecclesiology: Students attend several sessions on various ecclesiological topics (such as Baptist practices of church membership, Baptist theology of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and Baptist polity). Students interview church members, sit in on an elders/pastors meeting, and are encouraged to ask questions along the way.
 
Service Planning and Evaluating: Students attend the morning and evening church service. After the Sunday evening service, the students join the elders/pastors in a review of the day’s activities, evaluating the quality, value, and biblical basis for all church activities.
 
Contact Pastor Marc Minter (marc@fbcdiana.org) to learn more about the weekenders at FBC Diana.
 

3. Pastoral Internship

 
Once a year, we host a pastoral internship for those students who are interested in considering pastoral ministry more deeply.
 
The pastoral internship requires a 10-week, full-time commitment. Students are required to give 40 office hours and 6-8 church service hours per week, and students are provided with housing, food, and a small stipend for expenses. FBC Diana also provides office space and all required reading texts.
 
A good foundation for faithful pastoral ministry necessarily includes strong ecclesiological convictions which are deeply rooted in Scripture. Therefore, our internship is designed to help aspiring pastors form, test, and fortify such convictions.
 
Some of the principal questions our internship is designed to address:
  • What is a church, and what is the church’s fundamental mission?
  • What is a pastor or elder, and what must these men do?
  • Who should lead the church, and how should they lead?
  • What does the Bible teach about church membership and governance?
  • How does church polity affect church functionality?
  • How does the church’s practice of baptism and the Lord’s Supper affect the church’s understanding of membership and discipleship?
 
Our method is to lead interns through a theoretical and applied study of ecclesiology.
While interns may gain experience from some opportunities to serve FBC Diana (preaching, teaching, leading, etc.), the internship is not primarily designed to serve this church. Instead, FBC Diana understands this internship as one aspect of our responsibility to make disciples (Matt. 28:18-20) and also to raise up another generation of church leaders (2 Tim. 2:2).
 
Therefore, interns should expect to spend the bulk of their time in studying, observing, discussing, and contemplating the ecclesiology and ministry practices of FBC Diana.
 
Contact Pastor Marc Minter (marc@fbcdiana.org) to learn more about the internship at FBC Diana.