The CCNM Gospel Academy :
Entrusting the Gospel for Growth and Ministry
At Christ Church North Mesa we take the command to disciple very joyfully and seriously. In 2 Timothy 2:1-2 Paul said to Timothy, “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” What Timothy “heard from Paul in the presence of many witnesses” is the gospel (c.f. 1 Tim 1:11, 6:20; 2 Tim 1:8-14). The gospel was at the center of what he entrusted to him. Discipleship isn’t just for pastors. All Christians are to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet 3:18).
We believe the Bible teaches that a healthy Christian life consists of three things: right belief about God (Head), right affection for God (Heart), and right action in living for God (Hands). Training the mind is essential (Rom 12:2), but discipleship does not stop there. The greatest commandment is to love God with the entirety of our being (Matt 22:37). Affection for him is an essential component of loving him (Phil 4:4). Loving our neighbors is also essential (Matt 22:39). In The CCNM Gospel Academy we seek to train up the whole person to be a well-rounded, mature, Gospel-centered Christian.
There are three tracks in The CCNM Gospel Academy: Track 1 (Introductory), Track 2 (Advanced), and the Pastoral Track. Track 1 should be completed before Track 2. The Pastoral Track includes some additional study material and training specific to pastors.
The pastors at CCNM are always looking to proactively disciple men to become pastors and church planters. Training the mind is essential in training a pastor, since a pastor must be “able to teach” (1 Tim 3:2; c.f. Tit 1:9). But most of the qualifications for a pastor are character qualities (see 1 Tim 3:2-7; Tit 1:5-9). Therefore, at CCNM we seek to train up the whole man to be a faithful shepherd of the local church under Jesus, the Chief Shepherd (1 Pet 5:4). If you are interested in pastoral ministry, we praise God for giving you that desire. It is a good thing (1 Tim 3:1)! We strongly encourage you to let us know, so that we can serve you by assessing your gifts and discipling you.
The CCNM Gospel Academy is a self-directed but pastorally guided program. The curriculum can be studied at whatever pace is comfortable for the participant. Once a month “Gospel Table Talks” will be held as a forum to discuss what each student has been learning in his/her self-study of The CCNM Gospel Academy content, and how that content is impacting his/her head, heart, and hands.
The curriculum includes books, lectures, and sermons that we believe are most helpful for gospel growth and discipleship.
For each resource studied, the participant will write a total of 3-6 sentences reviewing: the main thing he/she took away for his/her head knowledge (1-2 sentences), how the resource impacted his/her heart (1-2 sentences), and how he/she will utilize it in his/her practical living to glorify God (1-2 sentences).
Curriculum categories include:
- The Gospel and Gospel-Centered Living
- Bible Content and Interpretation
- Apologetics and Philosophy
- Systematic Theology
- The Atonement, Salvation, and Justification
- Church History
- Knowing God and Christ
- Preaching, Worship, and the Church
- Evangelism and Missions
- Christian Counseling
- Parenting, Family, and Marriage
- Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
- Worldview, Culture, and Work
- Eschatology (End Times)
Contact a pastor for more information on the specifics of the curriculum content.
Pastoral Training Track
The process to be trained for pastoral ministry may be tweaked depending on the man and the discretion of the pastors. Like all other discipleship at CCNM, pastoral discipleship will be “life-on-life,” with high relationality and high intentionality.
Reading and Study
The pastoral candidate will study all of the material in The CCNM Gospel Academy Curriculum. Additional preaching specific content will be included for pastoral candidates interested in preaching.
Pastor Responsibility and Heart Training
The pastoral candidate will go through the lessons in Robert H. Thune, Gospel-Eldership (NGP) with another pastor.
Preaching and Teaching Training
The pastoral candidate will attend the necessary preaching and teaching training and be asked to preach and/or teach at various church meetings (the level of public preaching/teaching training will vary depending on the candidate).
Attending Church Leadership Meetings
The pastoral candidate will attend and participate in many church leadership meetings.
The pastoral candidate will occasionally attend counseling sessions with a pastor.
The pastors will be seek to get to know the candidate on all levels, not only in “church” settings. The pastors will get to know the candidate’s family (if applicable) and spend time with him in ordinary life settings.
 See John Piper, The Dangerous Duty of Delight (Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2001).