Trinity City Church has partnered with Antioch Community Church and Hiawatha Church to launch Porterbrook: Twin Cities. Pastor Bryan, Pastor Andy O'Rourke, and Pastor Chris Wachter are the primary teachers.
The summer trimester will begin May 2013 and will cover Gospel Change (character), the Union with Christ (doctrine), Church History in Missional Perspective (church), and Culture (world).
Porterbrook Learning helps ordinary Christians learn how to serve Jesus and his people better — whether they are church leaders, church planters, or simply Christians wanting to become more mission-focused. The Porterbrook Learning material is flexible and has been designed to be integrated with your whole Christian life in whatever context you are serving. It’s not theology for theology’s sake: the Porterbrook Learning material is written by practitioners for practitioners.
Here is an overview video from Pastor Bob Thune, who helps to lead Porterbrook: Omaha.
Details for Porterbrook: Twin Cities
Here is a copy of the Porterbrook Syllabus for both the Foundation and Advance Year.
Here is a list of potential FAQ (modified from here).
1. Are there any entrance criteria for admission to Porterbrook: Twin Cities?
You do not need to have any previous experience or training to study with a Porterbrook Learning Site.
2. Is the course accredited?
The course is not accredited and there is no qualification to be gained from doing the course. Our aim is to equip ordinary Christians to live their lives with Gospel intentionality.
While not officially recognized by any external colleges or universities, the course has been commended and endorsed by the Acts 29 Network, Timothy Keller (Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NY), Vaughan Roberts (St Ebbe's, Oxford) and Alan Hirsch (Forge Mission Training Network).
3. Is Porterbrook Learning a suitable alternative to Bible College, in terms of preparation for ministry?
The things you will learn with Porterbrook Learning are very different to what is traditionally taught in Bible College. You won’t learn how to parse Greek with Porterbrook Learning, but you will learn how to live an ordinary life with gospel intentionality. We strongly believe that Porterbrook Learning is an excellent resource for training church leaders, particularly as the course has a strong emphasis on character, which is essential for all leadership training.
4. I have a formal degree in theology, why should I take Porterbrook Learning?
One of the points of a formal degree is to give you the framework for lifelong learning. The objective of a formal degree is not to end study with your final paper. Porterbrook is a chance to keep learning and relearning. In addition, since Porterbrook is church-based training, each person gets to immediately apply the content in the context of the local church.
5. What are modules / units / streams?
Porterbrook Learning material comprises 24 “modules” or books on various subjects designed to equip you for everyday gospel ministry. The 24 modules are split into four “streams of study” or subjects: Character, Bible & Doctrine, Church and World. Each module contains 9 “units”, or chapters.
6. Do the modules come with a reading list?
No. The only book you'll need is a Bible. Many of the modules contain suggestions for further reading if you would like to find out more about that subject.
7. Can I see a sample of some of the material?
8. Will I have exams to take or assignments to submit?
Porterbrook: Twin Cities may ask you to do assignments, whether written or presented orally, and you will be given feedback by other students and facilitators. The purpose of the assignments is to help consolidate what you have been learning, and to encourage and learn from others students. There is no 'pass' or 'fail'.
9. Is there a discount for unwaged?
10. How can I ask a question that has not been addressed?