There are three groups available for the Mentorship Program.
It will be hard to choose, but you may only choose one of these groups at a time. Every group will go through content from many of our Training Workshops but will be applying it according to their own goals for the group.
Mentorship with Mark Sheldrake
If all you had was your Precept Inductive Study Bible, would you be able to apply the principles of observe, interpret and apply to any portion of Scripture?
Could you develop the following components of a Precept discussion simply using the text? Could you develop the logical order of discussion, interpretation and application questions, word studies and cross-references?
This mentoring group is geared toward those interested in using their inductive study skills in partnership with the Precept Inductive Study Bible.
We will look at Biblical Hermeneutics by starting with Observation and Interpretation. We will start with the Historical Books and make our way through Old Testament Prophecy, Wisdom, and Poetry literature. Then we will move on to New Testament Biographical literature, the Epistles and New Testament Prophecy to learn how to approach each type of literature using the Precept Inductive Study Bible.
We will set three simple standards for approaching Scripture. They are:
- What type of literature are we studying?
- Context is king!
- How does it point to Jesus?
We will learn to develop effective discussions for our classes by applying these standards.
The prerequisites for attending this mentoring group are:
- You must own or intend to purchase for use in this group, a Precept Inductive Study Bible – NASB Version.
- You must be leading or intending to lead any Precept Bible Study within one month of the program. This requirement is vital so you can put into practice what we learn each month.
- You must have completed at least five or more Precept Upon Precept
Please Note: There will be 5-10 hours of homework each month assigned for this group. You should complete the assigned homework prior to our monthly meeting.
Mentorship with Beth Schmidt
Mentorship with Carol Folkeringa
When many people think about Precept Bible studies, they think of our Precept Upon Precept (PUP), 5-hours-of-homework-each-week studies. They often say, “I don’t have time for that!” But Precept has SO much more to offer!
This mentoring group will be geared to those who are currently leading, or are interested in leading, one of Precept’s non-PUP studies—one of our 40-Minute, LORD Series, New Inductive Study Series or In & Out studies. While these studies require less homework than PUP studies, they are still excellent resources to get people studying the Word and get them used to discussing the Word, not man’s thoughts or writings about it.
We can learn so much from each other as we carefully observe and interpret Scripture and then thoughtfully discuss how to put these truths into practice in our everyday lives. Every study that Precept produces is designed to foster these skills. We will examine how the principles taught in the skills workshops are incorporated into these various levels of study.
The Leader Guide for each of these study series (except for In & Out) is contained within the book, but do you know how to use it effectively? Do you understand how much preparation and what type of preparation you need to lead these studies? How do you move your group (and perhaps yourself) away from this being a study where you take up the homework or fill in the blanks to one where you are engaging with and reasoning through the Scriptures? How can you, as a leader, feel well-prepared and confident to lead?
And what about the In & Out studies? Yes, each study has a PUP Leader Guide, but how do you sift through all of the “extras” to use them to lead your In & Out group?
Precept is about so much more than Precept Upon Precept studies. This mentoring group aims to create a small army of confident, well-prepared leaders who can then raise up confident, well-prepared leaders for the non-PUP studies!
Why should I do this program?
The goal is that all will have an opportunity to be part of a like-minded small group that is raising up others in the Word of God. This ongoing interactive experience will provide a nurturing environment for developing solid inductive Bible study skills and the ability to help others to do likewise.
There will also be opportunity for those who would like some feedback in a safe learning environment, to lead Precept Bible Studies or learn how to lead using just the Precept Inductive Study Bible. Some who will be joining are leading studies already; the hope being that all will lead a Precept study in the near future.
What will we study?
We will cover topics such as:
- How to Study Old Testament History and Prophecy
- How to Study New Testament Letters
- How to reason through the Scriptures
- How to frame good questions that help others to dig deeper
- How to use Precept Leader Guides effectively …and more!
How often will we meet?
The commitment is one session per month (2-3 hours long) for six months.
When will we meet?
Each mentor will arrange their first meeting with their group. At the first meeting we will get to know one another, schedule our future meetings to co-ordinate with everyone’s calendars and spend some time in God’s Word together.
Please prayerfully consider this invitation. Please email us if you are interested in joining or would like to ask further questions.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God. // Ephesians 4:11-13
What a great program! Through the Precept Leadership Mentor Program, Beth offered just the right amount of training, knowledge, discipleship and encouragement to help me become confident with my ability to lead an inductive Bible study. I am currently leading my first inductive study and am already excited for God to reveal what the next study will be. Thanks, Beth! I am truly grateful. 🙂
A great source of encouragement for me has been the Leader Mentorship Program at Precept Ministries led by Beth Schmidt. Through this program, I have had the opportunity to discover and apply great truths from the Bible whilst working through biblical principles necessary for leading studies faithfully. The group of Christ followers in the program has been an amazing support. It’s been a blessing to connect with others as we prepare to guide others as they embark on their own biblical journey.
Do you, like me, ever feel just a little bit lonely being your church’s only Precept Bible Study Leader? Do you ever wonder if you’re an effective leader or if you could possibly do a better job of asking the right questions to engage your class in a deeper discussion of God’s Word? Do you long to learn, improve your teaching skills and become a well-equipped leader who knows how to ask meaningful questions of the text, but you need help figuring out where to go or how to grow and develop?
I have a solution for you — perhaps more of a super enthusiastic endorsement! If you love to learn, desire to enhance your leadership skills, be encouraged by other leaders from across Canada and be mentored by a fabulous leader. You absolutely must sign up for the Precept Leader Mentorship Program! You’ll not only learn how to frame good questions that lead to insight and application, but you’ll discover new keys to interpretation, be exposed to new word study skills, discover resources that you never knew existed and meet a group of amazing people who are encountering some of the same obstacles and challenges you run into in your weekly studies. Having almost completed the Precept Leader Mentorship Program, I can wholeheartedly encourage you to avail yourself of this amazing opportunity to develop your skills and, in turn, be better equipped to Engage People in Relationship With God Through Knowing His Word.
On a personal note, the Leader Mentorship Program has truly been a wonderful experience for me. Seeing the body of Christ work together to sharpen one another has energized and encouraged me. Throughout my time in this program, I know God has been equipping me and increasing my understanding, but more importantly, deepening my love for Him, His Word and His people.
“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me” (Colossians 1:28-29).