AGC Women's Bible studies, biblical discipleship, and biblical mentoring training classes are designed to assist and encourage spiritual growth, equip in knowledge and application of God's Word, and help establish and cultivate godly friendships. We desire to speak gospel truths into the lives of those around us, and follow our calling as set forth in Ephesians 4:15, “speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”
Our Bible study groups offer women an opportunity to:
- dive deep into God's Word
- grow and be encouraged in their walk with God
- deepen their relationship with other women in the body
- ...we'll talk about why God rested and how your life as a woman can help you understand what he was doing
- ...we'll see how the curse on our food source (the ground) has robbed us of true rest in this life, and how your work embodies both the evidence of the curse and the good news of sabbath
- ...we'll gain a more accurate understanding of how sabbath worked in the Old Testament - what it required and what it was intended to teach
- ...we'll study how Christ's work on our behalf brings us ultimate rest forever
- ...we'll learn how to "keep the sabbath" in the way God intends - not as a rule or restriction but as a source of daily spiritual renewal and relief
Our Biblical discipleship training classes offer women an opportunity to:
- learn how to care like Christ and bring God's changeless truth into the struggles and challenges of life
- share life, stories, and the gospel with one another in the context of real-life biblical community
This is a year long class that meets once a month as a group (see calendar for dates/times). The remainder of the month is used for guided, real-life, one on one discipleship, where partners meet two more times, on their own schedules, to practice giving and receiving biblical wisdom and counsel with one another.
Each month we will focus on a different "One Another" found in Scripture: love, forgiveness, comfort, servanthood, prayer, fellowship, acceptance, hospitality, patience, bearing burdens, encouragement, and admonishment, and pair it with different biblical relational competencies: connecting, questioning, listening, empathizing, communicating, applying truth, and exploring Scripture. The goal of the class is to equip us to become more effective disciple-makers through genuine, open, organic face-to-face interaction where we learn to speak the truth in love to one another. It is not just a class where we study about biblical discipleship, but one where we also practice what we're learning by actually ministering to one another by sharing life, stories, and the gospel with one another. We'll "get real" and talk honestly about life with one another. We'll connect and bond through the stories we share with one another, and we'll grow in our ability to disciple others as we become more competent at sharing the gospel with one another. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining this class, please contact us.
Our biblical mentoring training classes offer women an opportunity to:
- learn to apply God's truth to both the normal and complex problems of everyday life
- equip women to counsel and disciple others in their sphere of influence
- be introduced to the ministry of Biblical Counseling
- become a Certified Biblical Mentor* with AGC
Many women who are gifted well for One-Another ministry, or interested in learning more about counseling others, do not want to go through the more rigorous certification or degree training offered by other organizations. To help equip them, we have developed our own training program that provides in-depth instruction in biblical mentoring/lay-counseling.
AGC offers two levels of biblical mentor training for women:
Level One- Life on Life. This is a unique 14 week course, utilizing the textbook, “Life On Life, Applying the One-Anothers of Scripture” written by Ellen Castillo, a certified biblical counselor with IABC, board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, and founder and director of Word of Hope Ministries. It is an introductory course that focuses on equipping women to do one-on-one mentoring within their own local church family in the spirit of Titus 2:3-5. Many women feel ill-equipped, or unprepared to minister to other women or youth. This training will assist women in gaining knowledge and skills needed for effective One-Another ministry. It is also designed to move them past their insecurities about their ability to minister God's Word to others by training them in basic principles of mentoring AND giving a thorough introduction to Biblical Counseling principles so that they can help others to biblically navigate their life struggles. Women will also be trained to know when another's struggles are beyond the scope of the mentoring relationship, and how to refer them to a Certified Biblical Counselor for more focused help. Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible for our Level Two training, which provides more indepth biblical mentoring training, leading to becoming a Certified Biblical Mentor* with AGC, if desired.
Level Two – Gospel Conversations. This six month class uses a two-volume biblical counseling training curriculum (Gospel-Centered Counseling and Gospel Conversations) written by Dr. Robert W. Kellemen, founding executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, and founder and CEO of RPM Ministries. Building on the foundation of the Life on Life class, Gospel Conversations seeks to continue to equip women with Christ's changeless truth of the gospel while focusing more on the “how-tos” of caring like Christ. Dr. Kellemen believes that the best way to learn counseling is by doing it—by giving and receiving biblical counseling in the context of real, raw Christian community, and that's what we seek to do in this class. Here, we focus on the “why, what, and how to” of counseling and caring like Christ by practicing specific skills such as: listening, speaking the truth in love, relating the gospel story to people's earthly story, developing personal relational competency, creating person-specific counseling agendas and homework, observing and participating in live counseling sessions as a group and with a lab partner. Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to serve as a Certified Biblical Mentor* with AGC, a valuable component of our formal Biblical Counseling Ministry.