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And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. – Ephesians 4:11-16

Creekside Foundations: What is it?

“…He (Jesus) gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ”- Ephesians 4:11

No one person or group of two or three people have ever been given all of the gifts, yet churches have long functioned as if ministry is a job to be done by the supposed “paid professionals”, the pastors and staff. While pastors and church staff are called to a unique role, it is simply not possible to “do all of the work of the ministry” by themselves.

·Doing the work of ministry and discipleship is the work of every Christian! (1 Peter 2:9, Matthew 28:16-20)

·God has called pastors and elders to the work of equipping and training YOU, the church, to do the work of the ministry and making disciples (Ephesians 4:11-12)

Foundations is one of the means by which the pastors and staff of Creekside are attempting to answer the call of God to train and equip the body of Creekside for the work of the ministry. It is a focused, 2-year journey that will be led by the church, for the church. Its aim is equipping and multiplying humble, Gospel-centered leaders with a desire to serve and lead our church, serve our community and above all, serve and glorify our Savior.

Distinctives of Foundations

1.  Centered on the Gospel-

The Bible is the story of God’s loving redemption through Jesus Christ. While the course will be rich with theological training and rife with doctrinal truth, The Gospel will be the focus of our learning and Jesus the source of our ministry training (Luke 24:25-27)

2.  Learning as Family

You might be wondering, “What if I don’t know enough? Other people will know more than I do, and it will be obvious.”. It’s a common insecurity that all of us face. Our goal is to offer training and equipping to any member of Creekside who desires it: from the brand-new Christian to the old veteran. For that reason, we have made everything highly scalable and keep a family-first mentality of, “Nobody left behind” (“until we ALL attain to the unity of faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God to a mature manhood.” Ephesians 4:13)                             

3. By the Church, for the Church

God’s divine power has given the church all things pertaining to life and Godliness (2 Peter 1:3), including the tools and gifts necessary to equip the church (Ephesians 4:16). Foundations will be led by uniquely equipped people in the church working alongside of others in the church in order to train present and future leaders to serve and expand the mission of the church

4.  Gift-based

Foundations is not a one-size-fits-all program. We are all knit together in the         most unique ways, crafted distinctively by Jesus, for His own purposes. He makes it so clear in I Corinthians 12 how unique every single person in the body is. An arm does not try to learn how to be a nose, etc. Each student will learn alongside others who share their ministry giftings and passions. Each student will be part of their own Ministry Cohort that will be based on compatible gifting. Foundations then equips each Cohort with specific training and application, which leads to camaraderie built with others in the church who share similar passions. So no one is serving alone in their ministry.

5.  Mission and Reproducibility

From “Be fruitful and multiply” to “Go into all the world”, Jesus has been putting a clear and urgent emphasis on growing and generating. When we do not have a plan for training and reproducing current leaders stagnation becomes inevitable. Foundations is our way, here at Creekside, to ensure life passes on life to the next generation and is able to see the Spirit of God alive in its midst for decades to come. How do we do this?  By developing humble, passionate, reproducible servants and leaders for the ministries of Creekside, generating a cycle of health between the body and upcoming, new leaders

Areas of Ministry Specific Training

So that training can be as efficient and useful as possible to every student, each person participating in Foundations will be connected with a small group of like-minded students called “Cohorts”. Each meeting time, students will spend time breaking into their “Cohorts” to help them take what they are learning and apply it to their unique areas of gifting and service. A student’s Cohort is akin to a “major” or a ministry training emphasis. Below are some examples of the Cohorts that we hope to offer (Cohorts will ultimately be determined by having 3 or more like minded people per emphasis. If we are short of that in any area, you will be partnered with a similarly gifted group):

·      MC leader

·      Church Planting 

·      Men’s and Women’s ministry

·      Music

·      Children’s Ministries

·      Student Ministries

·      *Additional Elder Training Tract

Layout of the Program: 2022-2024 (See attached calendar)

Foundations is a 2-year commitment. It is our goal to meet often enough to develop important continuity together, but spaced out in a way that keeps it from becoming overwhelming, especially so for families and those who live further out of town. Each year will be divided into 3 trimesters. These trimesters will be 8 weeks long, encompassing 6 weeks of meeting and 2 weeks off.

Introducing the “3/2/1 Format

Each module will follow what we are calling a “3/2/1 Format”. What this means is:

  • Each module will meet 3 weeks straight to begin, in order to create continuity
  • After 3 weeks, there will be a one week break
  • Then we will meet for 2 weeks straight
  • Then we will have a 1 week break, where there will be a team Cohort assignment
  • We will meet for 1 remaining week that will be centered on a final project and/or practical application within your Cohort.

Trimester 1- Word Empowered Ministry (Oct.4-Nov.22.2022) 

The First Module will include:

·Intro to Bibliology: How did we get our Bible? How do we know that it’s authoritative for all things pertaining to life? How did we arrive at 66 books?

·Old Testament Survey- Understanding the story of the Old Testament and learning to understanding the big idea of the 39 Old Testament books

·Introduction to Biblical Theology- What is the Big Idea of the Old Testament?

·Old Testament Exposition- Learning how to rightly interpret and apply the Old Testament Scriptures

·Final Cohort Project


Trimester 2- Christ Centered ministry (Jan.24.2023-Mar.14.2023)– Our second module is aimed at understanding Christ, the Purpose of the Scriptures, and the Focus of all ministry

·New Testament Survey- Understanding the 27 Books of the New Testament

·Intro to Christology – The theology portion for Module 2 is aimed at the Person of Christ (Christology) and our Redemption in Christ (Soteriology)

·New Testament Exposition- Learning to rightly interpret and apply the different types of literature and directives of the New Testament

·Final Cohort Project 2

Trimester 3- Church- God’s purpose and finding our place in His purpose (Apr.11-May 30.2023)

God has saved us as individuals and has placed us into a family called The Church. We will learn to see the role of the church in Scripture and find our place in God’s family.

 -The Third Module will include: 

·Intro to the Church- The theology portion in the third trimester will cover the study of God’s design for the church (ecclesiology) and mission (missiology)

·Exposition- Faithfully using God’s Word in one’s unique ministry

·Final Cohort project of the year

Year 2- (Same format as Year 1)

·Trimester 4- Word- Biblical Worldview (applying God’s Word to our world today)

·Trimester 5- Christ- Growing as a disciple of Jesus and learning to train others

·Trimester 6- Church- Equipped to equip others

What will the Classes look like?  

The classes will meet 6 times per module (trimester) for approximately 2 hours each class time. The classes are set up to be highly participatory, with a combination of lecture and hands-on practice.

Each class time will include:

·Reviewing of Resources and Reading- Each week, there will be some reading and other materials to review in preparation for the next class. Reading is essential for these classes. Please commit to the reading assigned each week, as students in the class will be held back by another’s lack of preparation. 

·Interactive Lecture- Some topics specifically require class time to teach and understand. Each week we will have a time of instruction and discussion on areas of theology, biblical exposition and ministry training, respectively.

·Individual time with your Cohort- Each module will have interactive projects, for which students will break into their Cohorts in order to sharpen one another as they train in the areas of their mutual passions.  

·Every Module: Final Project- Every module will have a final group project with their Cohort, designed for making the class-time learning more memorable and practical while building a team mentality to discipleship.

Is Foundations for me?

Foundations is for any member of Creekside, who is:

  •  Actively serving at Creekside and engaged in community.
  • Longing to grow in the understanding of God and His Word.
  • Desiring to be equipped to serve God and others.

We would encourage you to prayerfully consider the time commitment:

·6 in-person meetings per trimester (module). 18 in-person meetings per year total.

·Each meeting is 2 hours

·There will be another 2 hours per week for reading and doing the assignments

·We will break for summer, December and Spring Break


·Completed Essentials and become a member (By Creekside, for Creekside. We want to train Creekside disciples.)

·Involved in a missional community (We want to train people who are active in community)

·Already serving in a ministry (We want to train servants)

Next Steps

 ·      Fill out the Registration

·      Select an area of ministry you desired to be trained in

·      A Ministry Leader will follow up with you about your application.