WHAT IS EQUIP?
EQUIP is a discipleship pathway designed to equip, empower and encourage churches to make disciples who make disciples.
- Accessible to the majority of people in churches.
- To see lives transformed through Jesus Christ, in the power of his Spirit, by studying together and applying the message of the Bible in all aspects of life.
EQUIP is a discipleship pathway designed to be studied as part of a local study group. It is intended to be accessible, even if you have no previous theological study, and to encourage you to engage with the Bible at a deeper level. You will be challenged as a follower of Christ to live with greater purpose and preparedness, whether at home, school, workplace, church, or community. You will be engaged in disciplined personal study, biblical interpretation and completing short assignments. Your group study involves listening to others, evaluating different points of view, and expressing your own view as you grow together in God’s Word.
Benefits Of The EQUIP Approach
To Biblical Discipleship
- The student remains living in their local situation, being discipled in their real-life context.
- A student has time to work through their studies at their own pace, applying it to their local context, and empowering them to immediately put their learning into practice.
- A cost effective way to provide quality biblical discipleship to the majority of people in churches.
- The student can continue to earn their living as before, within their family and other local support structures, and continue to serve in their church. University students also have opportunity to supplement their education with biblical studies.
- Local churches are equipped and empowered to disciple their own people to disciple others.
- At the end of the process, the student is more prepared to impact their church and community.
The Discipleship Pathway
- 1 Discipleship Foundations
- 2 Ministry Preparation
- 3 Biblical Studies I
- Church Resources
This “Abundant Life” course contains teaching on how to live as a Christian. It is being used in many parts of the world for the instruction of new Christians and as a refresher course for those who have been Christians for some time. It is specially aimed at the non-academic but is useful for all types of people.
The lessons in this Student Workbook are planned so that the student can do them alone at home on a step-by-step basis. They should be used under the guidance of a Group Leader, following the companion Group Leader’s Guide, either on a one-to-one basis or in a group meeting.
A Guide To Deeper Discipleship
- The Bible and Authority
- The Bible and Interpretation
- Come, Christians, Let's Worship!
- The Role of the Church
- An Effective Devotional Life
- Stewardship and Simple Living
- The Christian and Vocation
- Everyday Evangelism
- A Look at Leadership
- Faith and Culture
- Christians and Conflict
- Continuing and Commending Belief
- Pilgrimage - a Long, Shared Journey
Introduction & Childhood of Jesus:
- Gives an introduction to the political and geographical situation in Palestine in the first century, with reference to the Roman Empire, the Herods and the provinces under their jurisdiction.
- Presents the life of Jesus in five steps: Childhood, Year of Preparation, Year of Popularity, Year of Passion, Resurrected Life and shows how to find these steps in Matthew.
- Details the childhood of Jesus in Matthew and Luke.
- Introduces the concept of the Kingdom of God and the doctrine of Christ as God and Man, making a comparison with the false doctrines of the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormons.
- Teaches how to use the three basic study techniques: observation, interpretation and application.
- Introduces the main Old Testament characters with their dates, giving an introductory sketch of their history.
- Begins the study of the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament.
Analyzes the first year of the ministry of Jesus (Year of Preparation)
- Emphasizes the preaching of John the Baptist, the repentance and the spiritual fruit.
- Explains the main characteristics of the Pharisees and Sadducees, the Sanhedrin, etc.
- The baptism of Jesus introduces the doctrines of the Trinity and the attributes of God.
- The temptation of Jesus is the basis for looking at the inspiration of the Bible and a reflection on materialism, pride and violence in contemporary life.
- Presents the concepts of "synoptic" and "chronological" and uses the technique of comparison to unite Matthew with the rest of the "synoptics" and John.
- Emphasizes the extensive use of prophecy in Matthew. Teaches about the creed, the confession of sin and the use of symbols and examples in preaching.
Analyzes the second year of the ministry of Jesus (Year of Popularity)
- Describes Galilee and the expansion of the kingdom in that province.
- Analyzes: the statutes of the kingdom (the Sermon on the Mount), the proof of the kingdom (the miracles), enemies and examples of the kingdom (the parables).
- Teaches about prayer and how to prepare sermons, make home visits, bring others to Christ and plan a new church.
- Introduces the techniques of analysis and synthesis, giving the student ample opportunity to analyze in detail the Sermon on the Mount and prepare simple messages.
- Shows how to use a concordance, Biblical dictionaries, commentaries, etc.
- Shows how to compare related episodes in various Gospels and how to confront apparent contradictions in them.
Analyzes the third year of the ministry of Jesus (Year of Passion)
- Deals with the doctrine of man, sin, death, correct and false concepts about the human body (transfiguration) and the spirit (spiritism), including practical matters such as: human relations, sex, marriage, family, possessions and ambition.
- Shows the basic principles of pastoral psychology; emphasizes five common psychological adjustments and the Biblical teaching about each of them.
- Deals with the authority in matters of faith (tradition, human reason and revelation).
- Highlights the ministry in Judea and the three religious festivals (John) and the ministry in Perea (Luke).
- Looks at the history of the division of the kingdom (Judah and Israel), the time of Nehemiah and the formation of the Samaritan people, the Assyrian and Babylonian empires, the period between the testaments and the Roman Emperors Augustus and Tiberius; introduces the student to the writing of Josephus.
Passion Week: Analyzes and studies the events and teachings of the last week, day by day, including the Olivet Sermon and the eschatology and the Sermon in the Upper Room (John 13-17), the trials and the crucifixion.
- Gives detailed teaching about the geography of Jerusalem and how it was during the Passover, with the function and history of the Temple.
- Deals with Christ as prophet, priest and king, the significance of the Last Supper and the death of Christ. Continues with the doctrine of man taking into account justification (signified by the death of Christ), the total consecration of the human personality (intellect, emotions and will).
- Introduces the use of the evaluation technique and setting out a scale of effective values and (on the practical side) accounting to the local congregation.
- Finishes with a comparative analysis of the life of Jesus Christ in the four Gospels.
Resurrected Life covers Matthew 28 and the Acts of the Apostles.
- Deals with the Resurrection and its proofs, the Ascension and Exaltation of the Lord, the Great Commission and how this was put into practice by the early church.
- Considers the doctrine of the Holy spirit, baptism and the ministry of the church.
- Studies the early church in the book of Acts and the expansion during the three missionary journeys of Paul until the Gospel reaches Rome.
- Gives suggestions for the application of the same rules to the church of the 21st Century.
The Big Picture gives an excellent grounding in an overall knowledge and understanding of all the books of the Bible and how they fit together to give us a wonderful picture of God's plan for mankind.
It is packed with interesting facts about the Bible and yet it is also deeply devotional. The student is given practical instruction on how to study the Bible for themselves and to go on exploring its riches for successful Christian living. All is set out in the clearest and simplest way. It is ideal to follow on from the Abundant Life course.
The purpose of The Christian Life: a practical study guide is to help you to explore the basic teachings and practices of our faith. EMMC churches use this study for Christian growth and baptismal classes. The book has been put together by 3 conferences: Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference (EMMC), Evangelical Mennonite Mission (EMC), and Christian Mennonite Conference (CMC).
How It Works
Using a clear methodology to study the Bible at a deeper level.
Personal Study: We provide interactive study materials for each student to go through at their own pace at home. The studies are designed to be accessible to people who have previously struggled with learning and also challenging for those who are well-educated.
Group Meetings: Facilitated group learning is an essential part of our methodology where people learn from one another in a trusting environment, helping each other apply their learning to everyday life. Groups typically meet on a weekly basis to further discuss what they have learned. At the beginning of each course, the group decides on timing and location for group meetings. Your group leader will receive training on how to facilitate group meetings.
Application: Each course is designed to help people apply their studies by enabling them to hear what God is saying, apply it to personal discipleship, and to any form of ministry and mission in which they are involved.
What Is Expected Of Me?
In order to get the most out of each course you will be expected to:
- Complete your personal study.
- Participate actively with your study group.
- Be actively involved in a ministry; practically applying your learning in your local church or community.
- Final assessment by means of assignments or exams depending on the Level and the course. Group leaders are given guidelines on how to assess work. Certificates will be given to those who successfully complete a level of the program.
The Role Of A Group Leader
The Group Leader’s role is to facilitate group discussion and work through the application of what they have studied. The Group Leader:
• is not a preacher – but a guide.
• is not the teacher – but a facilitator.
• does not need to know all the answers – but helps the group study.
The TEXT = the Bible
The TEACHER = the Course Materials
The GROUP LEADER = facilitates discussion, starts/ends the group study.
Frequently Asked Questions
DOES THIS REPLACE BIBLE SCHOOL EDUCATION?
No. EQUIP is a discipleship pathway that may lead some to go to Bible School but is not intended to replace Bible school education. EQUIP is designed to provide quality Bible training that is accessible to the majority of people while they live and work at home.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE LOCAL CHURCH IN THIS PROGRAM?
The local church is encouraged to use EQUIP as a pathway to disciple their own people who will in turn disciple others. EQUIP is a practical tool intended to empower churches as part of their overall discipleship strategy, helping to develop mature, stable, and spiritually strong disciples.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You receive interactive course materials which you work through on your own. You also attend a local study group to discuss your learning. These are led by group leaders who are trained to facilitate. You will gain increased confidence in understanding and interpreting the Bible and develop the ability to evaluate different opinions through God’s Word.
WILL IT BE TOO HARD – OR TOO EASY?
The courses are designed to help you learn, whatever your academic level. Courses are easy to follow and gradually take you deeper. Many who do not consider themselves good at learning are surprised at their abilities. Everyone will be challenged to think deeper about their Christian faith.
Each course is carefully designed to help you structure your biblical studies. Personal study is designed to enable you to go at your own pace as you set aside regular time each week. In your group, you will decide how much to study each week. The amount of time needed varies according to the course and the level, but we estimate less than an hour per lesson.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There is a course fee for each course you enrol in. For current pricing, email email@example.com. If cost is a concern, we encourage you to work with your local church leadership and the EMMC office to make EQUIP possible for you.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
If your church is already enrolled with the EQUIP discipleship pathway, we encourage you to contact the coordinator in your local church. If you would like more information on how your church can develop a discipleship pathway, please contact the EMMC office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lyn Dyck, Executive Director
Darrell Kehler, Director of Discipleship
Henry Redekopp, Theology Consultant
Joyce Harnett, Administrative Assistant
EMMC Home Office
757 St. Anne’s Road
Winnipeg, MB R2N 4G6