Phoenix Seminary professors (including Wayne Grudem, Brian Arnold, John Meade and Peter Gurry), local church pastors, and local female leaders are joining together to train women to teach.
Teaching Women to Teach (TWtT) seeks to serve the local church by providing theological instruction and practical training to women who aspire to teach or are currently teaching the Bible. Whether they will teach in their churches, homes, or communities, we seek to train women to communicate God’s Word accurately, in accordance with sound doctrine, with an eye towards exalting Christ, all under the authority of their particular church’s leadership.
Teaching Women to Teach is an initiative that was originally developed by the Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Orlando, Florida. Locally, Phoenix Seminary and The Gospel Coalition Arizona have partnered to adopt the TWtT initiative and offer it to local churches in the Phoenix area. The second semester will use curriculum adapted from Dick Lukas of the Proclamation Trust.
We live in an age in which Christian women increasingly look to nationally known figures and mass-produced curriculum outside their local churches for training and discipleship. Many women's ministries are using material whose teaching is at odds with the doctrine of their local churches. Additionally, there are women in our churches whom God has gifted to teach, but who may not have had the opportunity to develop those gifts. We hope to encourage discipleship in the local church by training women to teach each other using God’s powerful and transforming Word.
This training is for any woman who aspires to teach or currently teaches the Scriptures.
Training will take place over two semesters focusing on:
- Semester 1: Foundational Principles of Teaching the Scriptures
- In this semester, students will learn how to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Hermeneutics will be taught alongside how to teach both the Old and New Testaments. Additionally, students will learn the broad narrative of Scripture so that they can feel confident teaching from anywhere in the canon.
- Semester 2: Practicals of Teaching the Scriptures
- In this semester, students will learn how to teach the Word of God in a way that leads to application and transformation. After this course, the student will have the necessary tools to communicate God’s Word effectively.
Each classroom session will include a lecture and time for putting the principles into practice in a small group setting. Outside of class, women will be asked to spend some time in preparation by reading and other assignments.
The first semester of instruction will be taught by the faculty of Phoenix Seminary. The second-semester classes will be taught by local pastors Josh Vincent (Trinity Bible Church), James Johnston (Camelback Bible Church), Chuck Newkirk (Church on Mill), and Andrew Gutierrez (Canyon Bible Church.) They will be joined by Margie Mason, Executive Director of Ministry Development at Desert View Bible.
The cost for both semesters is $100. If finances may prohibit you from attending this training, please contact us.
We will meet the third Tuesday of every month in the Fall and Spring, from 7:00-9:00 pm, at Phoenix Seminary, 7901 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.
- January 21 – Basic Hermeneutics; Doctrine of Scripture and Call to Teaching [Dr. Brian Arnold, Phoenix Seminary]
- February 18 – Basic Hermeneutics; Induction/Tracing/Commentaries [Dr. Wayne Grudem, Phoenix Seminary]
- March 17 – Old Testament; Genre/Context/Law, Prophets and Writings [Dr. John Meade, Phoenix Seminary]
- April 21 – New Testament; Genre/Context/Gospels/Epistles [Dr. Peter Gurry, Phoenix Seminary]
- May 19 – Theology and Hermeneutics; The Grand Story/Theological Funnel/etc. [Dr. Brian Arnold, Phoenix Seminary]
Summer Library nights
- Dates and topics TBD
- August 18 – Staying on the Line [Jim Johnston, Camelback Bible Church]
- September 15 – Pathway for Preparation [Josh Vincent, Trinity Bible Church]
- October 20 – Context [Andrew Gutierrez, Canyon Bible Church]
- November 17th – Structure [Chuck Newkirk, Church on Mill]