Bible Colleges & Seminaries

Train Christians for ministry.

Many years of training men and women in seminaries and Bible colleges, missionary and missionary-training experience, church planting, and pastoral experience came together to make Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship the unique ministry it is.

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We all want to share our faith effectively…but how do we do it?

Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship Training

The Good Soil Basic Seminar equips you to share God's story of redemption chronologically, so that people will clearly understand, sincerely embrace, and firmly hold on to the gospel. The seminar extends over two days and is followed by a one-day Good Soil Trainer Certification Workshop.

Good Soil Basic Seminar - May & October

Engaging, Interactive, and FUN Learning!

  • Day One: Understanding the Good Soil Theology of Evangelism and Discipleship
  • Day Two: Preparing to Use The Story of Hope, The Way to Joy, and Other Good Soil Resources

The Good Soil E&D seminar workbook can be used as a basic text for evangelism classes in your Bible institute, Bible college, or seminary. Teach the concepts and make assignments for students to put into practice, out of class, what they are learning throughout the course!

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Good Soil Trainer Certification Workshop - May & October

As a certified Good Soil Trainer, you can teach Good Soil content as a class in your ministry.

A day of training to equip (and certify) you to teach the Good Soil Basic Seminar in your classes. Some review of the basic seminar concepts, but primarily a day of learning instructional tips and techniques that will be of great value to you as you teach in your classes what you have learned in the Good Soil seminar.

Pre-requisite: Must have attended a FULL Good Soil Basic Seminar at ABWE or a FULL Good Soil seminar led by an approved Good Soil trainer.

Good Soil Trainer Workshop participants receive certification that qualifies them to purchase copies of the good Soil Basic Seminar workbook, as well as grants them access to the other (FREE) instructional resources needed for teaching the seminar in their ministries.

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Personal Evangelism FREE Curriculum Guide

For Teaching the Good Soil Seminar Contents in 30 Class Sessions

  • Establish a Biblical theology of evangelism and discipleship (E&D) as the foundation for the methodologies and resources presented in this class.
  • Teach students to understand and practice E&D in ways that are worldview-relevant, training them to share God’s story of hope in a world of competing faiths and cultures.
  • Equip students for ministry in international missions, as well as in multi-faith North American communities.
  • Introduce students to resources that have been broadly tested internationally with people of various worldview contexts and that are available in numerous languages.
    Great for use in Bible Institute or Bible College evangelism classes.

Moving Beyond Lecture Workshop

Two Days in October, Following Good Soil Seminar & Trainer Certification Workshop

Move Beyond Lecture - in your teaching, by adding other instructional tools to your teaching toolbox.

This workshop will enhance your ability to teach the Bible creatively, with increased student interest and participation, beyond what you can probably imagine. You will…

  • Learn a seven-step process for developing lessons for teaching and training.
  • Enlarge your teaching toolbox with lots of creative techniques and tips for teaching.
  • Become more sensitive to classroom factors that can enhance your teaching-learning environment.
  • Engage your students more actively and make learning FUN for them.
  • Become much more confident in your teaching.

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The Story of Hope Bible Class

31 Class Sessions — FREE Facilitator’s Guide

  • Students are constantly engaged in active learning, as they study the Bible from Genesis through Revelation in 31 class sessions (or more or less).
  • Underlying the teaching of the Bible's BIG Story in this study, students are also being equipped to use The Story of Hope to lead others through the study. The final lesson is called "It's Your Turn" and students are challenged to teach to others what they have been taught in this study.
  • The 120-page professionally designed Class Facilitator's Guide is available as a FREE download.
  • A professionally designed PowerPoint with 400+ slides is also available for class facilitators.
  • FREE access to an online Instructor's Resource Center for teaching The Story of Hope Class.

Message from missionaries to donors: Just a note to thank you again for your very thoughtful gift to purchase The Story of Hope books for our students. The students were very excited to receive them. The Pentateuch class had already been studying it (but did not have their own copies) and is teaching it on Friday afternoons in five public schools (using pictures they color to go with the stories). The Missions class has been learning about it for chronological Bible teaching and some of them are also teaching it on Friday afternoons. The Leviticus class studied missions last year and also appreciate now the colored pictures of the tabernacle and sacrifices, etc. Several of them are teaching that in their weekend responsibilities in churches. We had a prayer of dedication for the books that the Lord would really use them to change lives. The first year students (over 45 of them) will receive the books in the next week or so, when we can give them some more training on their use.

Phil & Barb, Bible college teachers in the Philippines

The Roots of Faith Bible Courses

Teaching the Bible chronologically, in a way that equips students for effective ministry in a world of competing faiths and cultures.

All I can say after opening the package containing The Roots of Faith workbooks and browsing through the pages is “WOW!“ This is a lot more than a personal Bible study plan. It's a lot more than I got in Bible college and they gave me a degree for it. Your work has legs for a number of applications. The work you put into this is almost staggering. I especially like the way you have separated it from the devotional approach. I'll stop here before I become suspect with all this flattery. Thanks for the hard work.

Dave, former Bible college New Testament and Greek professor

The Roots of Faith courses are three courses in one:

  • Chronological Bible survey courses—Students master the overall chronological framework and core content of the Bible.
  • Biblical theology courses—The Bible’s basic theological concepts are presented as they were progressively revealed, from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22.
  • Worldview apologetics courses—Common non Christian worldview (“worldview noise”) issues are addressed throughout the courses in order to equip Christ-followers to live and minister in a world of competing faiths and cultures.

The courses also include:

  • Downloadable Bible commentary for each course, to provide expert help for all of the Bible passages included in the lessons.
  • Instructors Guide for each course.
  • Access to online instructional resources for each course.

Additional supplemental resources are available, such as printed and PowerPoint teaching visuals and chronological Bible cards and more.

Bible courses you can become certified to teach in your school.

On day four of The Roots of Faith - Old Testament course in Brazil, one of the participants said this: “I’m upset!” “What’s the matter?” “I’ve learned more this week than I learned in 5 years of seminary!”

Brazilian pastor from southern Brazil

Hooks for Hanging the Bible’s Storyline

Teach students to be able to think their way through the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation—in just a few hours.

Every movie or novel has a central storyline, a plot. The BIG storyline of the Bible hangs on 25 “Hooks”—major eras of the Bible. And the activities are FUN for students of all ages, even the teachers. Great activity to use in Bible classes or chapel programs.

The 12 "Hooks" for Hanging the Old Testament Storyline

The 1 + 12 "Hooks" for Hanging the New Testament Storyline

My latest Hooks for Hanging the Bible’s Storyline workshop was last Saturday in a Bible study in the home of the owner of Sam Ash Music Stores in Bayonne, NJ. Several very diverse cultures were represented in the group (Filipino, Russian, German, American, African, Hispanic, Arab, and Jewish). They were amazed and enjoyed it - and everyone understood. Some said, “I finally got it!” “I’ll read my Bible again.”

Ariel, Filipino visiting in New Jersey

FREE Book for Bible College or Seminary Professors

Gaining Ground with Good Soil is an evangelism and discipleship training narrative—a scaled-down version of the Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship seminar in a narrative format. The principles gained from this book are applicable for anyone wishing to serve God through Biblical evangelism and discipleship, but is especially instructive and helpful for college and seminary professors, missionaries, pastors, and other ministry leaders.

The realistic, but fictional narrative, around which the book is developed, tells the story of a couple of missionaries who were frustrated and discouraged—to the point of almost giving up—because of their lack of success in evangelism and discipleship on their field. But, the "Good Soil" principles they learned from Bible study revolutionized their ministries. It will help you think through a theology of evangelism and discipleship and help you to present the gospel so that people will clearly understand it, sincerely embrace it, and firmly hold on to it.

Free instructional resources for individual and group study are also available for download.

If you are a Bible professor or evangelism professor, with a USA shipping address, and will commit to reading this book , we will send you a FREE (and postage-free) copy of Gaining Ground with Good Soil.

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