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Men decide in all stages of life to become preachers. Some, like Timothy, are young. Others, like Saul of Tarsus, change careers. Some decide in their retirement years. Our program is set up to train men, no matter what age they decide to preach.
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Florida School of Preaching
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Preparing Men To Preach Since 1969
For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:13-15, NKJV)
Romans 10:13-15 is a chain. A chain is used to connect the items attached at either of its ends. In the case of Paul's metaphorical chain we find at one end the need to call on the name of the LORD if one is to be saved. At the other end of the chain we find one must hear about the Lord to have any hope of calling on Him.
What brings together the one who needs to call on the name of the Lord with the knowledge necessary to call on Him? Paul's answer is a preacher. Preaching the Gospel is the chain that brings together one who needs to believe with the knowledge to make belief possible. Training men to preach is truly one of the great mission works of the church today, for no mission work takes places without someone to send.
How Preachers Are Made
How are preachers made? There is a popular idea that God drops preachers down from heaven through some kind of mystical calling received here on earth. There is no evidence for this kind of calling in the New Testament. According to the Bible preachers are taught. The Florida School of Preaching is dedicated to serving the churches of Christ through training Christian men to preach the Gospel.
The template for creating preachers today is contained in Second Timothy 2:2, "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." The pattern is simple: faithful men select faithful men to whom the Gospel is entrusted that they in turn might teach others. This passage well describes what takes place at the Florida School of Preaching.
The Florida School of Preaching began as the result of the vision of a few faithful brethren. B. C. Carr, who was then preaching for what would later become the South Florida Avenue church of Christ, was challenged by brother B. C. Goodpasture to consider starting a school of preaching in Lakeland, Florida. Largely due to the direction that Florida Christian College (now Florida College) took over the church cooperation issues, a great need arose in Florida for training scripturally balanced preachers. About this time G. K. Wallace retired from Freed-Hardeman University and moved to central Florida. He also encouraged brother Carr to start a preaching school.
The South Florida Avenue eldership agreed to allow the school to use the congregation’s facilities with brother Carr as the director. The foresight of these men made the school possible, and in September of 1969 it began its first semester of operation. The Florida School of Preaching owes much to the South Florida Avenue church not only for her role in starting the school, but for her consistent support through the years.
The Florida School of Preaching has a two-year course study of 120 semester hours. All of the courses offered are directly related to the work of a Gospel preacher. You'll get no algebra here.
The Bible is God's revelation to man. Virtually everything we know about God and His will we learn from the Bible. Therefore, our curriculum is weighed heavily with courses that are dedicated to studying the Biblical text. Virtually every book of God's word is addressed in our course of study.
In addition to Bible knowledge, it is vital to the work of a preacher that his learning include several other areas of study. These areas are: communication, critical thinking, religion, and technology. Classes such as English (both written and spoken), church and restoration history, logic, comparative religions, missions, and computers provide our students with the skills needed to communicate God's word to God's people as well as to those who have never obediently turned to Jesus as Savior.
The influence of the Florida School of Preaching is global. Our students have worked in every part of the world in mission efforts. Also, our annual lectureship reaches people in many different countries via books, CD's, and through internet streaming.
Satellite classes are also offered in various areas, making learning available to those who are unable to attend classes at our main campus.
Many are surprised to learn that all of this education is tuition free. The only classroom cost to our students is the cost of their books. We are able to offer these classes without tuition because of generous and faithful Christian people who believe in the importance of preacher training. Individuals and churches throughout the country support the Florida School of Preaching because they understand the need for faithful men to be trained to preach the Gospel without addition or subtraction.
In addition to offering our classes tuition free, we also have limited student aid available for those who qualify.
We Need Your Help
Since 1969 the work of training men to preach has been going on in Lakeland, Florida. No good work takes place without giving and sacrifice, and our work has been blessed because many churches of Christ, as well as Christian men and women, have been willing to contribute to our work. Will you fellowship with us in this effort to train men to preach the Gospel?
There are a number of different ways to contribute to this work. Some contribute to our work on a regular basis while others do so on an intermittent basis as they have the ability. Both methods are greatly appreciated and no gift is too small.
Wills and Trusts
Many have helped us through the years via their estate. Without these very generous donors this work might have ceased long ago. Many are surprised at how much wealth they have accumulated in a lifetime. In addition to providing for the needs of surviving family members, it is possible to continue to exert influence for good in this life by means of a gift to sustain those working in God's kingdom.
We are prepared to meet with you personally about our work. To make arrangements for a visit with a personal representative of the Florida School of Preaching, please contact us via the information provided below.
If you have questions about a will or trust we would be happy to put you in contact with those in the field who can advise and set up a plan that will be beneficial to you and the Florida School of Preaching.
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