We have good news! Jessica and Zach have entered into a two year Bible Discipleship program. It is called the Contenders Discipleship Initiative. Over the next two years they will be going through six different courses. Those courses are: Bibliology and How to Study the Bible, Christian Doctrine and Systematic Theology, New Testament (Backgrounds, Culture, Geography, etc.), Church History (Martyrs, Councils, Major events, etc.), Old Testament (Backgrounds, Culture, Geography, etc.), finishing with Evangelism, Teaching, and Preaching.
Contenders has been running for 18 years under Pastor Ron Sallee' at Machias Community Church. Ron has been Pastor at Machias Community Church for the past 28 years. Contenders get their name from Jude 3 – "Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God's holy people." (Italics added)
The mentoring model is critical to the Contenders program. Zach and Jess have entered into what our mentor, Pastor Ricki Brooks, calls the "Full Enchilada". This just means that Zach and Jess are committing to the two years in both schooling and discipleship. They will be pushed out of their comfort zones in ministry endeavors, challenged scholastically in their Bible, and at the end of the two years will have an entire portfolio, a testament to what they learned.
Throughout their schooling and mentorship Zach and Jess will continue to be available for ministry.
There are updates to come. This has been a season of great joy, but also some deep sorrow for some of our dear friends. Pray for them as we also pray for them.
Thank you so much for your support, in prayer, networking, and for donating to Jesus and Us Ministries. Without you this ministry would not be possible.
If you have any questions about Contenders, how you can help us, or if you would like to get in touch email or call us. Our contact information is listed on our Contact page.