God has brought “every tribe, tongue, and nation” to the doorstep of SBC of Virginia churches. We, today, have a unique opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations” by reaching out to our non-English-speaking neighbors through English as a Second Language (ESL) ministries.
Southern Baptists have a great heritage of going to every part of the world to share the Good News. ESL can open doors for the Truth, even in areas where traditional evangelism methods are not permitted. Training you receive can help you reach non-English- speaking friends and neighbors in Virginia, but it doesn’t stop there. ESL can help you reach the nations—from the nations.
Want to start an ESL ministry in your church? Interested in training to be a teacher?
Please contact Jim & Susan Austin (804-748-7070) or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
In order to teach in an ESL ministry, you are required to complete a four-part workshop which qualifies you for certification through the North American Mission Board. SBC of Virginia churches offer training at various times throughout the year. Workshop times are 6:30-9:30pm on Friday evening and 8:30am-5:00pm on Saturday for each scheduled training.
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