Seminary is great for many people, providing invaluable theological training, but it cannot replace the ebb and flow of real church life nor can it accurately assess character. Could you imagine going to see a surgeon for a consult only to learn she grasps all the medical concepts in her books but has never performed or observed an actual surgery? Of course not! Churches, likewise, should not function without experiential and integrative knowledge. We believe people are best trained for ministry through both seminary and local church training.
The preaching and teaching of the Bible is the foundation of Christian ministry. It is the work of the local church to train people for this ministry. As a church, we aim to equip people for word-centered ministry in all types of contexts.
One way that we seek to equip people is through the Ministry Apprenticeship Alliance (MAA). Church on Mill and Trinity Bible Church serve The Gospel Coalition Arizona by being host sites for the MAA for all TGC AZ member churches. This program, through Phoenix Seminary, is one of a kind. Church interns (or residents) on church staff who also are enrolled in the seminary are able to get seminary credit for on-site classes and their internship. A student would need to go to either Church on Mill (east valley site) or Trinity Bible Church (west valley site) for class time once a week, but internship hours can happen in any TGC AZ member church.
This is an unparalleled opportunity for Arizona’s gospel-centered churches and all who seek to be effective ministers of the gospel.
Click below for more specific details on how to become a student or how to get your church involved.