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, and an overseas internship. Each year consists of two seventeen-week sememsters followed by a six-month internship. Completion takes three and a half years if fulfilled consecutively. Students may enter the program at the beginning of any semester.
Our goal is to give our students something more than theory. We provide hands-on practice. Before graduating, we expect our students to preach or teach, to see the lost saved, to make disciples, and to be used by God in the ministry. Below are some ways that students 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 required to get involved in a local church in the area that is in agreement with the doctrinal beliefs of the Our Generation Training Center and with whom the OGTC has a training partnership. Recommendations for and introductions to local churches will be made by the Administration. At the beginning of each semester, students should inform the Administration about what church they will be attending and how they will be serving in that church.
Upon request, the Administration may offer suggestions to pastors of churches where students are members or who desire to establish a training partnership regarding 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 (or assist with) the Lord’s Supper, to baptize, to preach, 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 90 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.
- Read 50 books from the OGTC reading list and seek to discuss them with a member of the OGTC Administration or Faculty.
- 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 courses that students will take at the Our Generation Training Center:
Missions Class (18 credit hours) – This class takes place on Friday mornings and is designed to teach practical missions and ministry. The goal of the class is to give a complete understanding of the biblical principles of missions and ministry as well as the obstacles, the goals, and attitude that is needed in order to become a successful missionary or ministry leader. This class is open to visitors, which may include those who are considering becoming students in the OGTC, missionaries on deputation, veteran missionaries on furlough, pastors, or ministry leaders.
Old Testament Studies (7 credit hours) – Four courses teaching the major themes of the Pentatauch, the Historical Books, the Poetic Books, and the Prophetic Books. Attention will be given to world evangelism in the Old Testament as well as a perspective of how to interpret and teach the Old Testament.
New Testament Studies (12 credit hours) – Seven courses teaching the major themes of the Gospels, Acts, Romans, the Pastoral Epistles, Ephesians & Colossians, Other Pauline Epistles, and the General Epistles. Attention will be given to world evangelism in the New Testament as well as a perspective on how to interpret and teach the New Testament.
Missions Studies (11 credit hours) – Eight courses teaching Introduction, History of Missions, Missionary Methods, Church Planting, Missionary Life for Ladies, World Religions & Cults, and Deputation. These courses aim to provide a Biblical worldview of mission work and establish a foundation for the overseas internship.
Leadership Studies (13 credit hours) – Each week of studies begins with a chapel service where OGTC faculty and visiting speakers challenge students to grow in their character and leadership. In addition to chapel, other leadership studies include Personal Development of a Leader, Disciplines of a Godly Man (Men), Disciplines of a Godly Woman (Women), Spiritual Leadership (Men), and Biblical Womanhood (Women).
Doctrinal Studies (12 credit hours) – Special emphasis will be given to major Bible doctrines in four in-depth courses covering the Bible, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, the Church, Angels, Man, Sin, and Salvation. Other Doctrines courses include Baptist Distinctives, Contemporary Theological Issues, and Eschatology which also covers the books of Daniel and Revelation.
Teaching & Preaching Studies (6 credit hours) – Each semester, students will have one course on how to interpret the Bible and one course on how to preach or teach the Bible. These courses include Studying the Bible, Hermeneutics, Homiletics (Men), and Teaching the Bible (Women).
Ministry Studies (11 credit hours) – Each year students will have one course of teaching on Spiritual Warfare and Personal Evangelism. These will be taught separately to men and to women with a different professor each year to give different perspectives on these very important aspects of ministry. Other ministry courses include Discipleship, Biblical Counseling, Church Administration (Men), and Home Administration (Women).
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 Debrief Meeting 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.