What is Aspire?
Poquoson Baptist Church exists to glorify Jesus by shepherding sinners from lost to leader. Aspire is an extension of this mission as we develop men into leaders. This training program is based on 1 Timothy 3:1, which states, "The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task."
Through Aspire, PBC elders will provide pastoral training and practical experience to men who desire to serve in the context of the local church. Participants will be equipped for life-long pastoral ministry through the disciplines of reading, writing, discussion, and practice.
Who Should Sign Up?
We encourage all male PBC members who have any aspirations to serve in pastoral ministry (either vocationally or as a lay elder) to prayerfully consider signing up. Because the Bible limits pastoral ministry to men (cf., 1 Timothy 2:12), only men are eligible for Aspire. Women are encouraged to sign up for our sister discipleship program, Unreviled.
Men who complete the two-year Aspire program should be equipped theologically to serve as lay elders. But since the majority of the qualifications for elders focus on the application of Christian character, completing Aspire does not guarantee a man will ever be recognized as an elder or an elder candidate at PBC.
What Will We Do?
Over two years we will study a variety of topics in eight-week terms, with a month off between each term. We will study the following topics:
- Term 1: The Gospel
- Term 2: The Bible
- Term 3: The Church
- Term 4: The Mission
- Term 5: Biblical Counseling
- Term 6: Preaching
- Term 7: Marriage & Family
- Term 8: Controversial Issues
Participants will attend weekly meetings, usually on Sundays from 4-5 PM (Note: childcare is not provided for these meetings). During those meetings we will discuss weekly readings and assignments. Expect 2-4 hours of reading and other assignments every week.
What's the Cost?
Their is no fee for Aspire, but there is a cost. Those involved must commit to faithfully attend weekly meetings for the duration of the term and complete weekly readings and other assignments.
In addition, participants must model meaningful membership by their faithful and consistent involvement in corporate worship, fellowship groups, members’ meetings, and regular service to the body.
How Do I Sign Up?
Click the link at the top of the page to sign up for the next term of Aspire.
The elders reserve the right to decline admission, if we have concerns about an individual's readiness for this level of ministry preparedness.