About METRO

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”  (2 Timothy 2:2 NIV11)

METRO Is shaped by that command of the apostle Paul to Timothy.  Its a command to ensure that the truth of the gospel of Jesus is passed on.  Its a command to invest in reliable people & intentionally train them in gospel ministry.  In the context of 2Timothy  its a command to ensure that the gospel, the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, is guarded.

METRO Is a 2 year full time training experience within a local church where the trainee ( a reliable person)  is discipled by a trainer to able to teach others the gospel.

METRO allows trainees to be grown in the areas of personal godliness, theological reflection & ministry skills.

METRO is much broader than training candidates prior to theological college. Some but not all trainees go onto theological college.  Some but not all trainees become candidates for the ministry within the Presbyterian denomination.

METRO doesn’t provide the trainees.  Trainees are home grown.  When a local church discerns someone that they would like to invest in and train according to the 2Tim 2.2 model, METRO provides the framework & the assistance to help that happen well.  Its important to note that the local church and the trainer are responsible for the training.

METRO is an acronym for Ministry, Equipping, Training & Organisation.

ministry

  • METRO promotes ministry training, specifically geared for the local church context.
  • METRO promotes an evangelistic ministry model as standard for local church ministry.
  • METRO recognises that developing evangelistic ministries is not the primary task of theological colleges, and so needs to be developed prior to college.
  • METRO seeks to equip disciples of Jesus to prayerfully & humbly obey the command of Jesus to make disciples.

equipping

  • METRO promotes evangelistic ministries and evangelistic churches.
  • METRO focuses therefore, on the key role of church pastors & leaders as equippers (see Eph 4:11-12), preparing the whole church for works of ministry.
  • METRO recognises that, fundamentally, healthy churches are evangelising churches: the bigger picture of evangelistic training is training across the entire life and ministries of the church.
  • METRO promotes s geared not simply towards developing evangelistic ministers but developing evangelistic ministries and evangelistic churches.
  • METRO focuses therefore, on the key role of ministers as equippers (see Eph 4:11-12), preparing the whole church for works of ministry.
  • METRO recognises that, fundamentally, healthy churches are evangelising churches: the bigger picture of evangelistic training is training across the entire life and ministries of the church.

training

  • METRO recognises that this evangelistic, equipping model of ministry is best learnt through the apprenticeship of one-to-one training (see 2 Timothy 2:2) in the context of one-to-one training, the whole person is trained — this can be thought of as three strands: (i) personal godliness; (ii) theological reflection (iii) ministry skills.
  • METRO benefits not only the trainee, but strengthens the training culture for:- (i) the trainer, through an intensive training experience; (ii)  the local church, as the trainee becomes a focal point for developing a training culture; (iii) the Presbytery, as neighbouring churches are spurred on to be involved in Metro and its benefits: (iv) the denomination, through the calibre and experience of trainees who go on to become ministry candidates.

recruiting

  • METRO, provides a pathway for trainees considering further training at theological college.
  • METRO trainees are not directed towards any particular training institution.
  • By providing and encouraging such training in the local church context, METRO trainees, in turn, become examples for (and trainers of) others heading down such a training pathway.

organisation

  • METRO recognises the need for one-to-one training to be facilitated through resources such as funding and a training curriculum.
  • METRO recognises the need for one-to-one training to be networked with other trainers and trainees, and supported through coaching provided by experienced trainers.