About two years ago, here at DPC, we began a new training program for women, which we called T2 (derived from the concept in Titus 2 of older women teaching younger women). We began fairly quietly, with a low public profile, largely because we were developing the course ourselves and wanted the space to “find our way” into what we think is a helpful program.
We had three ladies in our first group, and these three have now completed their two years of training. Due to “The Course of Your Life” (COYL) program in term 1, we have decided not to commence a new training course until February next year (2014). You can read below a brief outline of what’s involved in the course, and of the commitment required.
Maybe as you have been working through the COYL program you have been challenged to think about changes you would like to make in your life so as to better live with God’s agenda for your life. Maybe you could think about whether committing to T2 training might help you be better equipped for the “work’ you want to do now or the agenda by which you want live? If so, chat to your pastor, or give me a call. It would be great to have many more ladies committed to being as prepared as possible for one to one ministry amongst women.
The T2 Program
What is it?
T2 is a variation of an MTS apprenticeship, designed to equip women who are keen for ministry but due to family circumstances or stage of life aren’t in a position to undertake full time theological study or to pursue working full time for a church.
The program seeks to grow the confidence of ‘older’ women to teach younger women sound doctrine, to live godly lives, for the glory of God (Titus 2). It is ideal for mums with children at school, or retired women, or other women free to commit to a few hours a week.
The heart of T2 involves women meeting one-to-one with other women to read the Bible and encourage them to become Christians or grow as Christians.
What does the training look like?
The training would be individually tailored, and planned by the trainer and trainee together.
The expectations would be along the lines of:
- trainee is already actively involved at church and in a DPC growth group and this involvement will be maintained during training. The trainee must be willing to commit to about 6 hours per week over and above this time.
- read one good Christian book per term (decided with trainer from a reading list)
- meet with two or more women on a one-to-one basis weekly
- meet with trainer once a month for Bible reading, prayer, to reflect on progress and relationships, for training/mentoring, to discuss book being read, and to work through ministry paper together.
- once a term there is a combined training time with other trainees/trainers.
It may be that some T2 women can also be involved in other things such as organising events, doing some theological study or teaching scripture, but this would be in addition to the main commitment, which is essentially about one-to-one ministry.