Our Generation Training Center
Personal Mentoring | Practical Training | Biblical Teaching
Certificate of Biblical Studies
The OGTC offers a Certificate in Biblical Studies in Missions. Students must complete the prescribed coursework filled with personal mentoring, practical training, and biblical teaching.
Each year consists of three fifteen-week trimesters: fall, spring, and summer. Completion takes two and a half years if fulfilled consecutively. The OGTC offers an intensive training system while allowing seven weeks of vacation time each year. Students may enter the program at the beginning of any trimester.
At the Our Generation Training Center, we have a philosophy of mentoring that we call “life-on-life discipleship.” We believe this method of training is very effective and a biblical pattern seen in the life of Jesus and the Apostle Paul. In his book Mentoring for Mission, Günter Krallman calls it “with-ness,” and we expect each student to seek out time with leaders and members of their local church, OGTC Administration and Faculty, and other Godly Christians to learn, ask questions and be mentored.
Our goal is to give our students something more than theory. We provide hands-on practice. Before graduating, we expect our students to preach/teach, see the lost saved, baptize, make disciples, and be used by God in the ministry. Below are some ways that student get involved in practical training:
Local Church Involvement
The most important part of OGTC training is serving in a local church. Students who are members of a church that is not local to the OGTC are encouraged to get involved in a local church in the area that is in agreement with the doctrinal beliefs of the Our Generation Training Center. Recommendations for and introductions to local churches can be made by the Administration. At the beginning of each trimester, students should inform the Administration about what church they will be attending and how they will be serving in that church.
The Administration may offer suggestions to pastors of churches where students attend for how they can partner with the OGTC in training students for ministry. These suggestions may include:
- Introducing students to every area of the church’s ministry
- Allowing students to participate in things like mission conference planning, business meetings, Sunday school administration, children and teen ministries, bus ministry, evangelism, discipleship, summer camp, music, etc.
- Allowing male students to administer the Lord’s Supper, to baptizing, to preaching, and to teach. Allowing female students to teach children or ladies.
During their time in the Our Generation Training Center, students are expected to aim to do the following so that they are better prepared for the ministry God has for them:
- Preach or teach at least 100 times publicly
- Be faithfully involved in local church ministries
- Be faithful to do outreach each week
- Develop a habit of arriving at least 15 minutes early to all services
- Finish 98 credit hours of class work with a satisfactory grade average before going on your internship
- Present the gospel on a regular basis and, with God’s help, lead people to Christ
- Be involved in discipling several adults
- Complete financial preparation by fulfilling the requirements for Parkey Thompson
- Read 50 books from the OGTC reading list and discussed them with an approved member of the OGTC Administration or Faculty
- Purchase and learn to use Logos Bible Software
- Male Students: Baptize a new convert
- Male Students: Lead the Lord’s Supper
- Complete a six-month internship on the foreign field
Students in the OGTC will be taught the Scriptures. The Bible is our source for growth in spiritual matters. Students will learn and observe doctrine. Teaching in the OGTC is not just head knowledge; it works out in practice. Students will learn how to live cross-culturally, which is vital for missionaries. Below is a list of classes that the student will take at the Our Generation Training Center:
Old Testament Survey (2 credit hours) – An overview of the Old Testament to see its unity with all the Scripture. Attention will be given to world evangelism in the Old Testament seen through the covenants that God gave to His chosen people, Israel.
Theology I, II, III, IV (2 credit hours each) – Four courses that will teach the doctrine of the Bible with its impact on the missionary’s life and practice within the church.
Intro to Missions (2 credit hours) – A course where the student can learn from a teacher that is a Veteran Missionary. The goal is to build a globally-minded Christian by touching on topics like Cultural Anthropology, Theology of Missions, Modern Missionary Movement, Mission Strategies and World Religions.
How to Teach the Bible (3 credit hours) – A course that is designed to help the student share God’s truth from Scripture with greater skill and enjoyment. This course helps the student move from understanding a text of Scripture to communicating a text of Scripture.
New Testament Survey (2 credit hours) – A course that will give the student an overview of the New Testament. Attention will be given to the spread of the gospel around the world seen in the New Testament.
Servant Leadership (2 credit hours) – A course where the student will learn practical lessons on leadership from the Bible. A necessary course for all those entering ministry.
Intro to Expository Preaching (3 credit hours) – This course lays the foundation for the need and biblical precedent to preach and teach expositionally.
History of Missions (3 credit hours) – The history of Christian missions from the Old Testament to the present. The student will learn missionary passages in the Old and New Testaments as well as some key facts and events in the lives of missionaries throughout church history.
Gospels (2 credit hours) – A study of the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in the four gospels.
Expository Preaching (3 credit hours) – The course teaches the expository method of studying Scripture, which focuses on an exegetical investigation of the Bible and teaches the individual how to preach and teach the Word of God.
Baptist History (2 credit hours) – The history of the Baptists from the early 1600s to present. The student will learn from the lives of men from the Baptist faith. Students will not just learn historical events but also truths that will further their ministries.
Church Planting (2 credit hours) – This course gives practical training where the student will learn the basics of starting a church.
Hermeneutics (2 credit hours) – This course focuses on the authority, nature, and interpretation (hermeneutics) of the Scriptures. It is designed to help students work through issues that concern the trust they place in the Bible and its interpretation.
Christian Counseling (3 credit hours) – This is our foundational course dealing with the need for and the fundamentals of Biblical Counseling. The student will be introduced to the key elements of the counseling process including data gathering, questioning, homework, giving hope, methods of change, and the role of the Holy Spirit in counseling.
Language and Culture (2 credit hours) – This course explores language development and a study of races and cultures of our world with a special look at non-western cultures. It will provide tools for more effective intercultural communications as well as giving us a mirror in which to see our own cultural group more clearly.
Homiletics (2 credit hours) – The study of the composition and delivery of a sermon or other religious discourse. It includes practical training for local church preaching ministry.
Pentateuch (2 credit hours) – The first five books of the Old Testament. It depicts a series of beginnings—the beginning of the world, of humankind, and of God’s promise to the Israelites. Genesis, the first book, opens with God’s creation of the world.
Romans (2 credit hours) – The letter to the Romans stands as the clearest and most systematic presentation of Christian doctrine in all the Scriptures.
Issues in Missiology (2 credit hours) – A study of theological issues affecting missiological thinking.
Training Men (3 credit hours) – This course shows how Christ’s main ministry was the training of the twelve. It also shows the students that their main ministry must be about training others to do the ministry.
Missions Made Practical I,II,III,IV,V,VI (4 credit hours each) – This class consists of students, missions applicants, and veteran missionaries. The goal is to help give a complete understanding of the biblical principles on missions, the obstacles, the goals, and attitude that is needed in order to become a successful missionary.
To graduate, OGTC students must complete a six-month internship overseas. The goal is that they train for the field while on the field. We believe that this practical experience overseas gives all of our students, whether they go on to be missionaries, a great perspective on and heart for world evangelism.
Each internship will take place under the personal supervision of a VBM missionary or another missionary/church/ministry approved by the OGTC Administration. A student’s internship will take place at the end of their time in the Training Center and will conclude with a week of debriefing with OGTC Faculty at the OGTC Campus.
Students will be given instruction in how to raise support. Their support will be handled through Vision Baptist Missions Home Office. Once they arrive back from their internship, the VBM Home Office will only handle student support for 30 days, unless they are accepted as a VBM missionary before the 30 days is completed.
Students who have completed their internship and plan to become missionaries with Vision Baptist Missions may request to attend the annual VBM Orientation to learn more about the work of Vision Baptist Missions.