PTI serves (usually rural) churches by providing ‘Teach to Preach’ in-country training courses. Whilst never ceasing to maintain its doctrinal standards and ethos, PTI’s courses are flexible and easily adapted to local and cultural needs.
Three types of course are currently available, all provided by expatriate trainers with extensive pastoral and teaching experience. Normally lasting for five days, they take place in locations that are accessible to as many local pastors as possible.
It is also essential that these churches learn to become mature and independent as quickly as possible. So after training courses PTI also sets up networks of local pastors who can in turn equip others for effective teaching and pastoral ministry.
Pastors’ Refresher Course
Subjects include the importance of personal godliness; the importance of preaching for the health of the church; interpreting and applying the Bible; justification; sanctification and regeneration. Particular attention will be given to the inspiration and authority of the Bible.
Some of the teaching is interactive, and the course is led in a spirit of worship and deepening fellowship. To achieve maximum value, courses are limited to 100.
Progressing to Maturity Course
This extends the Refresher course, with the emphasis upon the centrality of Christ. The teaching covers the uniqueness of Christ; His place in the church and living a Christ-like life. It also examines the centrality of Christ in preaching; the nature of faith; the sovereignty of God and contemporary Christian issues.
Preparing for Continuing Ministry
This conference focuses on training for trainers, and is therefore available to pastors whose spirituality and gifts has been recognised during previous courses. The subjects studied advance and extend those from the other courses.
The subjects in this course advance and extend the first two. It seeks to equip those attending to grow in the ministry. So it considers the person and work of the Holy Spirit and the Letter to the Romans. Sessions are also devoted to preaching; the Atonement and the Gospel Message; and the nature of the Church. Equipping Christian leaders to preach and teach the Word of God with passion and power remains the primary objective.