Preparing God's people to work with Him

What is The Training Ground?

The Training Ground is a course designed by a group of evangelical churches in East London to help Christians of every sort both to grasp God’s word and to share it more clearly – whether at home, at work, at church or wherever you are

The first Training Ground programme began in September 2015, and will finish this July.

Would you like to join the next two year programme?


At Home

At Work

At Church

Wherever...

Course Details

With God’s help we plan to repeat the course again over the next two years, beginning in September 2017 and finishing in July 2019.

There will be 18 sessions per year on alternate Saturday mornings during term time, from 8.30 am to 11.00 am. The course takes place at Osborne Square Church in Dagenham.

Course Fees

The course costs £240 per person for the full two years. This includes not only the teaching but also textbooks, course notes for each session, tea, coffee and biscuits. Recordings and notes can be accessed on our website.

Costs can be paid in annual or termly instalments. If you want to participate but have a problem with the cost, please let us know.

OUTLINE OF THE TWO YEARS

Over the two year programme we cover six main topics, three in each year

First Year SEP 2017 TO JULY 2018

Second Year SEP 2018 TO JULY 2019

First year - First semester
Dates Bible Overview Christian Truths and the Gospel
8:30 - 9:50 10:10 - 11:00
30 September 2017 The pattern of the kingdom (Roberts, ch 1) Introduction & Revelation (Grudem, preface & ch 1)
14 October 2017 The perished kingdom (Roberts, ch 2) Revelation (Grudem, ch 1)
28 October 2017 The promised kingdom (Roberts, ch 3) God & creation (Grudem, ch 2 & 3)
11 November 2017 The partial kingdom I (Roberts, ch 4, pages 59-76) God & creation (Grudem, ch 4 & 6)
25 November 2017 The partial kingdom II (Roberts, ch 4, pages 76-91) Humanity & sin (Grudem, ch 7)
9 December 2017 The prophesied kingdom (Roberts, ch 5) Humanity & sin (Grudem, ch 8)
13 January 2018 The present kingdom (Roberts, ch 6) Person & work of Christ (Grudem, ch 9)
27 January2018 The proclaimed kingdom (Roberts, ch 7) Person & work of Christ (Grudem, ch 10)
10 February 2018 The perfected kingdom (Roberts, ch 8) Person & work of Christ (Grudem, ch 10)
First year - Second semester
Dates Reading the Bible Christian Truths and the Gospel
8:30 - 9:50 10:10 - 11:00
24 February Reading the Bible (Beynon & Sach, ch 1, 13) Person & work of Christ (Grudem, ch 11)
10 March 2018 Meaning (Beynon & Sach, ch 2, 7, 9) The Holy Spirit & his work (Grudem, ch 12)
24 March 2018 Flow (Beynon & Sach, ch 4, 5, 15) The Holy Spirit & his work (Grudem, ch 13)
21 April 2018 Context (Beynon & Sach, ch 3) The Holy Spirit & his work (Grudem, ch 14)
5 May 2018 Literary devices (Beynon & Sach, ch 6, 11, 12) The Holy Spirit & his work (Grudem, ch 15 & 5)
19 May 2018 Words & tone (Beynon & Sach, ch 8 & 10) The church (Grudem, ch 17)
2 June 2018 Application I (Beynon & Sach, ch 14 & 16) The church (Grudem, ch 17)
16 June 2018 Application II (Beynon & Sach, ch 17) The last things (Grudem, ch 18)
30 June 2018 Christ in all the Bible (Roberts, ‘Epilogue’) The last things (Grudem, ch 19 & 20)
Second year - First semester
Dates Serving Jesus well Communicating God's truth
8:30 - 9:50 10:10 - 11:00
15 September 2018 Knowing God CGT option 1
29 September 2018 Local church CGT option 1
13 October 2018 Discipleship CGT option 1
10 November 2018 Prayer CGT option 1
24 November 2018 Evangelism CGT option 1
12 January 2019 Fellowship and the Lord's Table CGT option 1
26 January 2019 Serving and glorifying God in the church and in all of life CGT option 1
09 February 2019 Stewardship, sacrifice, dying to sin and self CGT option 1
Second year - Second semester
Dates Understanding our world Communicating God's truth
8:30 - 9:50 10:10 - 11:00
23 February 2019 Secularism, the expulsion of God, modern 'tolerance' CGT option 2
9 March 2019 Islam CGT option 2
23 March 2019 Atheism and agnosticism CGT option 2
27 April 2019 Life and death: abortion and euthanasia CGT option 2
11 May 2019 The media and their impact on us CGT option 2
25 May 2019 LGBT issues and Christian responses CGT option 2
8 June 2019 Religious pluralism: are there many truths? CGT option 2
22 June 2019 Human nature and human 'rights' CGT option 2
6 July 2019 Culture & ethnicity, & crossing cultural boundaries CGT option 2

We are really excited that 32 people of very different ages and backgrounds have completed the course this time.

  • "I feel that doing The Training Ground has deepened my understanding of the Bible and my relationship with God."

  • "I would definitely recommend it to others. It is a really good way of spending Saturday to learn God's word as well as having the rest of the afternoon for family and relaxing."

  • "It's a slow burn training course. Once you're into the second year, you see the value and benefit of the first year."

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