BTCP@DBC

The information on this page is for those that live inside the driving range of Denton Bible Church. If you live outside the driving distance of Denton Bible Church or and those living internationally and would like more information on BTCP, please go to the BTCP International page.

BTCP is a 520 hour program that is spread over two years. The class meets every Monday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and the first Saturday morning of each month from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon. There are ten courses and the cost of the book for each course is $20.00.  That is the only cost for the class apart from some other books we will ask you to read along the way.

The purpose of BTCP at Denton Bible is twofold. First, it is to equip Christian men with the Word of God in order to help them grow in their faith, become equipped to become servant leaders, and thereby contribute to fulfilling the Great Commission. Our desire is to raise up men who can become leaders and/or teachers within Denton Bible Church to serve in or become leaders of ministries in the church and/or community. The second purpose is to train men here in Denton that have the desire to eventually be able to teach BTCP in other countries and help equip pastors and leaders to do the work of ministry more effectively. Regional leadership teams are being developed with some of the graduates of our BTCP classes who have a desire to start and maintain biblical training centers in various foreign countries around the world. The goal is to prepare you to be a more effective servant leader in whatever ministry that you are called.

The curriculum of BTCP is uniquely Bible-centered, using a study bible as its main textbook, along with 10 custom designed, self-contained, and comprehensive course manuals. This training course uses a biblical, systematic and comprehensive approach to providing the foundational equivalent of a good Bible college or seminary education. The actual training consists of 520 hours of interactive classroom lecture and discussion under the supervision of a qualified teacher, taking about 2 years to complete. The training uses a life-on-life approach along with a biblically sound, time tested curriculum now used in over 80 countries.

         

For more information about BTCP, please complete the contact form below and/or call the missions office at 940-297-6870. Also, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Statement of Philosophy

The Denton Bible Church Bible Training Center for Pastors was conceived and designed based on certain firmly held beliefs:

  1. That the effective training of pastors/leaders must be the first priority of the church in gospel responsive areas of the world.
  2. That the traditional Bible college, seminary and extension/ correspondence approach to training pastors/leaders is falling short in meeting the growing need for equipping pastors/leaders in many parts of the world.
  3. That basic–level training of pastors/leaders must be:

Bible centered      ●     Relevant

Evangelical     ●     Effective

Conservative     ●     Adequate

Ongoing     ●     Practical

Trans-denominational     ●     Short-term- less than 2 years

  1. That while being trained, it is best if pastors/leaders are not separated from their families, culture, or present ministries.
  2. That the training should be provided in a strategic location using existing facilities.
  3. That the DBC/BTCP should be a complement to existing, traditional forms and methods of providing theological education and training for pastors/leaders.
  4. That “contextualization” or “culturalization” is primarily an issue of communication, rather than content.


Potential Students

Potential candidates for BTCP are pastors, potential pastors, or leaders in  identifiable churches who-

  • Have little formal training such as Bible college or seminary, and who are not likely to receive such training.
  • Are performing or have been called to perform the Biblical function of pastor or church leader.

The criteria for selection of students include the following:

  1. Progressing toward spiritual maturity.
  2. Involved in local church ministry.
  3. Pursuing available appropriate training through the local church.
  4. Meeting Biblical qualifications for church leaders.
  5. Being recommended and supported by local church and remain accountable to local church.
  6. Sensing a definite call to pastor or church leader.
  7. Portraying godly character and conduct.


Curriculum and Concept

The curriculum of BTCP is uniquely Bible-centered, using a study bible as its main textbook, along with 10 custom designed, self-contained, and comprehensive course manuals. This training course uses a biblical, systematic and comprehensive approach to providing the foundational equivalent of a good Bible college or seminary education. The actual training consists of 520 hours of interactive classroom lecture and discussion under the supervision of a qualified teacher, taking about 2 years to complete. The training uses a life-on-life approach along with a biblically sound, time tested curriculum now used in over 80 countries.

BTCP is based on a non-traditional teaching style and designed to provide a unified, self-contained education of 10 basic courses.  These courses are designed to provide pastors with a basic knowledge and skill necessary to adequately and effectively carry out their Biblical responsibilities.  The goal of the BTCP program is to foster understanding of and obedience to the Word of God in order to produce life change in conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.  Instructional materials used in all courses consist of prepared curriculum materials along with the Bible.

Courses include:

  1. Bible Study Methods/ Interpretation
  2. Old Testament Survey
  3. New Testament Survey
  4. Preaching Biblical Messages
  5. Bible Doctrine Survey
  6. Personal Spiritual Life and Pastoral ministry
  7. Church Ministry/ Administration/ Education
  8. Teaching Principles and Methods
  9. Church History Survey
  10. Missions/ Evangelism/ Discipleship


Classes

The class meets every Monday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and the first Saturday morning of each month from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon. There are ten courses and the cost of the book for each course is $20.00.  That is the only cost for the class apart from some other books we will ask you to read along the way.


Completion

Upon satisfactory completion of all course requirements, the student will receive a “Certificate of Completion”


About the Author of BTCP

Curriculum materials have been prepared by Dr. Dennis J. Mock.  Dr. Mock is an ordained pastor, having served on staff since 1985 at First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, as Minister of Adult Education and Minister of Bible Teaching and Training.

Currently he is the Pastor/ Teacher of Genesis Bible Church, Atlanta.  Prior to entering the ministry in 1982, Dr. Mock practiced law in Atlanta for 13 years.  He has been married since 1963 and is the father of three children and has five grandchildren.

Dr. Mock has written numerous Bible book studies for use in Sunday School and was on the adjunct/extension faculty of Columbia Bible College (S.C.) from 1985-1990.  He holds the following degrees:  BA (1966) from Samford University; Doctor of Law, J.D. (1969) from Emory University Law School; and MA in Biblical Studies (1984) from Dallas Theological Seminary.  He is active in Bible teaching, teacher training, curriculum development and writing, also serving as a conference/ seminar speaker.