In this series introducing PTC to the world, we have looked at the purpose and the background of PTC. In this post and the next, the goal is to share a bit about how PTC plans to train the pastors and church leaders. This two-part post is meant to cover the information in some detail while limiting the overall length of each post. Part 2 will be posted next week.
First, PTC plans to partner with others who are like-minded in their desire to help individuals understand the gospel and how to share it with others. PTC intends to work with individuals, churches, mission organizations, etc. to develop a pool of people who will help to train others. Of course, this takes money, but not as much as one might think, and that is where PTC hopes to really make a difference. More will be said about this in Part 2.
Secondly, PTC plans to partner with individuals who would like to commit to financially supporting our ministry (again, more details in Part 2). As with any organization we will have expenses and will need to find donors to cover these costs. (At present we are still awaiting our 501(c)3 approval.) While we intend to keep our expenses as low as possible, our goal of training individuals around the world means our costs will continue to grow as our opportunities expand. But again, the costs may not be as much as one would think. How do we plan to minimize costs? Read on.
The majority of the training PTC will provide will be over the web. This effort will require three major aspects – curriculum, equipment, and personnel. The picture of gears represents each of these aspects and the importance of them working correctly together. I will cover curriculum and equipment below with personnel being covered in the next post.
Initially, PTC considered developing the required curriculum, but what is more important is for us to serve as a resource to direct the training and to provide pastors with the ability to interact with a human to ask questions about the material. PTC is already working with a couple of organizations which will serve as the source for most of the curriculum needs we have at this time. This curriculum will be made available for free to the pastors and church leaders in each of the locations PTC serves. Thus, the cost for PTC is nominal compared to the benefit we receive, and more importantly, the benefit provided for others around the world. In addition to the free curriculum, PTC also plans to make a small, theologically-based library available at each location (eight to ten books total, covering theology, church history, an single-volume commentary, etc.). Of course, translation issues will present a problem over time, but thankfully we have yet to encounter any significant issues regarding the need for translation.
PTC will incur a moderate expense to allow the various locations to interact with a trainer who is elsewhere. The goal here is for someone who has a relationship with a church, mission, or individual in a certain location to do (or set up) a training opportunity in a particular location. PTC will then coordinate the arrangements to have equipment sent to that location. Ideally, the equipment can be set up while the person or mission team is on location (with instructions left on how to the indigenous leaders can set it up themselves) to allow for future training opportunities online. The equipment will include an internet-ready laptop (like a Chromebook), a printer, a projector (so many pastors can be present simultaneously and see the trainer easily), and some peripherals to make the training experience better (i.e. small speakers so the trainer’s voice can be properly amplified to a room). The equipment (and library, above) is a one-time expense, but is required to make the training possible. Of course, the ability to have internet will be required, but if the technology is available, PTC will work to provide it. That part of the financial aspect and the need for people – as givers and trainers – will be the content of Part 2.