Why was Fidelis Project created?
Fidelis Project was begun as a response to the great need for emerging Christian leaders around the world to be rooted and grounded in the fundamentals of biblical theology. The Spirit of God has been pleased to establish many “gospel beachheads” throughout the nations: Disciple-making-movements and church-planting movements have been started as the result of simple obedience to Christ’s great commission.
sadly, the breadth and depth of understanding of the richness of the Holy Scriptures and the history of God’s redemption purposes for many faithful saints and emerging leaders around the world remains shallow, untaught or misunderstood. Our aim is to serve the global church with a timely solution so that faithful ministers around the world can be well-equipped and built up for the work of the ministry. We do this through an intensive, integrative, cohort-based, remote-learning process that centers on the personal application of God’s written word.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of ChristEphesians 4:11-12, ESV
We have a few vital principals that have helped us craft our program:
The problem is not a lack of information. The internet has put unimaginable amounts of information at the fingertips of billions of people around the world. The true challenge for emerging leaders who are hungry for good teaching is how to filter out all of the false and poor information available on the web. 60% of world population is now using the internet, and if trends continue, the internet will be a universal avenue for learning.
Localized, relational adult-learning. Many emerging leaders live in contexts that are hostile to the advancement of the gospel and there are few (or no) institutions of theological higher-learning available. While many would desire to attend a traditional seminary in the western world, the exorbitant cost of travel, tuition and the difficulty of receiving a visa make this virtually unattainable. In addition, 80% of students that travel to the west for pastoral training never return to their home1. While we have made virtual-cohorts a viable option, we have designed Fidelis so that it can be hosted by anyone in any location.
Application-oriented learning rather than academic. We love education and we believe that the transformation of the mind is essential to whole-self conformity to the image of Christ by the power of His Spirit in the ongoing process of sanctification.
Fidelis will require a high degree of intellectual rigor for all students. However, the key factors for success in the program will not be based on learners’ ability to compose well-written documents or thesis-papers. In the spirit of Christ’s great commission to his disciples to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-19), Fidelis integrates reproducibility and practical obedience steps in response to the loving and gracious call of God revealed throughout his Word. Students who demonstrate their understanding of God’s purposes through their personal ministry to their community will graduate.
Highly reproducible. We desire that all of the instruction and the tools used in this course can be easily multiplied by those who seek to make faithful disciples within their spheres of influence. The reason we are not charging tuition is that we are aiming to develop many generations of cohort-leaders around the world who can be a force for the advancement of the kingdom of God in their home countries.
Five Elements of the Curriculum
The curriculum has five essential elements that are a part of each of the sixty-five lessons. You can learn more here.
|1. David A. Livermore, Serving With Eyes Wide Open (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2006) 41.|