Over 25 Instructional Videos, including
* Theology Lessons
* Preparation Tools
* Delivery Skills
Downloadable Course Workbook
A 24/7 Teacher Support Community
Access to the Complete Resource Library
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Just a comprehensive, easy to use, work at your own pace,
cost effective training tool.
"I wish that our ministry, and mine especially, would be tied and tethered to the cross."
- Charles H. Spurgeon
With over 25 instructional videos, the Spurgeon Teaching Method covers the waterfront for those wanting a course that includes theological foundations, preparation tools and presentation skills-all from a distinctively cross-centered perspective.
A Comprehensive Training Course
Covering the foundations of Christ-centered theology, explaining the essential tools for Bible study and message preparation, and equipping the student with practical communication skills, The Spurgeon Teaching Method is truly a turn-key, comprehensive teacher training course for ordinary folks.
The Spurgeon Teaching Method is the result of 25 years of teaching in the trenches of real life church ministry combined with material taught by the instructor at the seminary level for students pursuing an M.Div. While the training is advanced in scope and depth, it is presented in a way that addresses the needs of teachers at every level, defining the foundations of a Christ-centered theology, explaining the essential tools for Bible study and message preparation, and equipping the student with practical communication skills for presenting a lesson that is tied and tethered to the cross of Jesus.
A 24/7 Support Community
Participants in The Spurgeon Teaching Method will receive exclusive membership in our online support community, in which members share best practices, ask questions for specific challenges, and encourage one another as we grow in becoming more effective teachers of the gospel, tying and tethering every lesson to the cross of Jesus.
One particular beauty of this course is that it is accessible to the trainee anywhere at any time. The entire curriculum in available online for self-paced progress.
At the heart of all of Scripture is the redemptive message of God's saving grace to sinners in Jesus. Theologically, we call this justification, which is the hub of the theological wheel to which every passage and doctrine is connected. This grace message is the oak from which every acorn of biblical texts falls and must be related in order to be properly understood and applied. Or as Martin Luther said, justification is the doctrine upon which the church stands or falls.
Every human either will find his or her core identity in a self-achieved righteousness (or the lack of it) or in a gift-received righteousness. We will functionally live as spiritual orphans trying to make a life and name for ourselves, or we will live like adopted and beloved sons and daughters, with all the freedom, peace, hope, and joy that flows from such an identity. The implications are manifold and wide-ranging, touching on practically every area of life.
What now? Should I expect to experience spiritual change in my life? If so, how does that takes place? What is my role in the process? As Jesus says in John 15, "No one can produce good fruit apart from me." Practically speaking, this means that we experience the fruit of the Spirit as we consciously abide in the Vine of Jesus' imputed gift-righteousness. As the Spirit fills us like sap through a vine into a branch, we receive new motives and a new ability to manifest the new life of love, peace, patience, kindness, etc.
Teaching the Bible or any biblical curriculum requires that the teacher have a solid grounding in a theological foundation. At the same time, we need to build upon the foundation with interpretive tools and delivery skills that faithfully explain the truth of the Scriptures and apply the implications for life today. This is why we do not only include module one (theology), but modules two (tools) and three (skills). From a gospel foundation to principles of interpretation and skills in connecting with an audience (whether children or adults), most teachers long for the ability to communicate more effectively. With the Spurgeon Teaching Method, they will.
The non-negotiable theological priority of The Spurgeon Teaching Method is to see all of Scripture and all of life through the lens of Jesus's substitution for sinners through the cross.
Substitution is beautifully depicted by C.S. Lewis in his classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where Aslan is slain upon a stone table in the place of Edmund, the traitor. When Lucy and Susan discover that stone table cracked and that Aslan is not lying there dead as he had been, they come to realize that the curse upon Narnia has been broken.
It is hard to miss the profound Christological imagery Lewis has woven into the story, whether intentionally or not.
Here is how the scene plays out as the sisters hear a deafeningly loud sound of the stone cracking-a crack in the stone that ran from end to end.
"Who's done it?" cried Susan. "What does it mean? Is it more magic?"
"Yes!" said a great voice from behind their backs. "It is more magic." They looked round. There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself. "Oh, Aslan!" cried both the children, staring up at him, almost as much frightened as they were glad...."But what does it all mean?" asked Susan when they were somewhat calmer.
"It means," said Aslan, "that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward."
Integrating cross-centered theology, identity, and transformation, our aim is to produce a training resource that reveals how the curse of sin has been broken, not by a Lion upon a table, but by Jesus upon a cross, our substitute in life and death.
With 25-years of teaching experience as a senior pastor, church planter, college pastor, education pastor as well as seminary professor of Hermeneutics, Homiletics, Theology, and Greek, Dr. McKay Caston's passion is to help people come alive to the wonder, beauty, and transforming power of the gospel by living all of life in view of the cross as they abide by faith in the perfect righteousness of Jesus.
McKay Caston (MDiv, DMin, PhD) ministers as Founding and Lead Pastor for Creekstone Church (PCA), just north of Atlanta in Dahlonega, GA, and teaches on the faculty of Metro Atlanta Seminary.
When not preparing weekly sermons for Creekstone, writing, teaching, or spending time with his family and friends, he enjoys exploring the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia. He and his wife, Kristy, have three children, 23, 21, and 15.
McKay Caston has has a comprehensive
understanding of how to interpret Scripture from a gospel-centered hermeneutic. I wish I had this kind of resource years ago!
Gospel Mentoring with Serge
McKay Caston has a solid grasp of the
engine of sanctification - that the same Gospel that justifies us, sanctifies
us. This is why I can't commend this material highly enough.
Dr. Johnny Long
Leadership Development Specialist with Serge
People who take McKay Caston's courses are changed at the heart level.
Rev. Randy Schlicting
President, Metro Atlanta Seminary
McKay Caston knows the gospel and knows how to communicate it to ordinary folks. This training will bless you as a teacher or preacher. So, learn, enjoy, and come alive.
Rev. Bob Cargo
Church Planting Director, Perimeter Church
McKay Caston has the ability to make difficult concepts simple and applicable to our lives. More than anything, he loves unpacking the gospel!
Rev. Ralph Johnston
Gracepoint Church (PCA)
The first three lessons are the building blocks for a distinctively cross-centered training course, helping students grasp the two-fold nature of justification as a debt paid and a deposit made. We are not only forgiven of our sins but are imputed with the righteousness of Jesus. The lesson on sanctification is intended to explain the dynamic of spiritual change that takes place as a believer abides in Christ as one's perfect righteousness. The lesson on adoption takes the legal foundation and reveals the personal, familial nature of the gospel.
Rather than developing their own lessons, some teachers will be using standard curriculum, Bible study guides, or leading a book study. When using someone else's material, it is even more important to have a cross-centered framework for teaching, or else the teacher is at the mercy of the curriculum. With The Spurgeon Teaching Method, teachers are equipped to develop lessons or use any curriculum from a distinctively cross-centered perspective.
While small group leaders may not be developing their own material to teach, having the theological foundation, study tools, and communication skills presented in The Spurgeon Teaching Method will foster the best possible discussion
The Spurgeon Teaching Method is critical for those who teach children, especially since so much curriculum for younger children tends to be moralistic in application. Being able to equip those who teach kids (even parents) how to "tie and tether" every lesson to the cross is of utmost importance to any church or Christian school.
While individual lessons vary in length, they attempt to follow the "TED Talk" principle of shorter is better, making each lesson content driven, focused, and digestible. The target length per video is under 10 minutes.
Absolutely! In fact, with much of the material in The Spurgeon Teaching Method coming from courses in hermeneutics and homiletics I teach at the seminary level, there is material for every pastor that will help fine tune both study techniques and presentation skills. Pastors who are continually seeking to grow and develop in their teaching ministry's effectiveness will especially profit for the material in The Spurgeon Teaching Method.
If you are interested in the Spurgeon Training Method, just let us know and we'll send more information on how to access the course.
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