"god is raising up a new generation of
christ-centered servant leaders"
the foundry institute
ohio christian university is excited to announce a new initiative to serve our community, churches, and ministry workers titled the foundry institute!
the foundry institute for ministry leaders fulfills a key element of the ohio christian university mission and vision by focusing on building church leaders who can both build the church by reaching out to those in the culture, while simultaneously developing the next generation of leaders within the church. as a long-term program, the foundry institute fulfills a need for deep discipleship and leadership development.
above all else, the program is established on this essential conviction: god is raising up a new generation of christ-centered servant leaders who are biblically based and leadership-focused to accomplish god’s work wherever they are called to serve.
the program is a ministry to local churches implemented by the office of church relations and is fulfilled through a unique partnership with ohio christian university bible and religion faculty, with a commitment to facilitating church growth through evangelizing, equipping, and empowering the local church and its leaders.
each day of training consists of workshops and seminars from 8:30a to noon, and is free to all in full time ministry. each participant will receive at the end of day, a certificate of completion that can be used to earn one (1) ceu of credit from the churches of christ in christian union denomination.
john wesley spent much of his time in london during 1738 helping to form a religious society that became known as the fetter lane society. religious societies were organizations of like-minded christians who sought to encourage one another toward spiritual health and maturity. they met once a week for prayer and mutual accountability.
by the fall of 1739, there were growing divisions in the fetter lane society over various points of faith and practice. in november, wesley had preached outdoors to seven or eight thousand people at the former site of a cannon foundry that was dilapidated and in disrepair. the building was purchased and renovated and would become the home of methodism in london for the next thirty-eight years. a new society was founded at the renovated building, now known as the foundry.
at the foundry in the 1740s, the methodist works of mercy saw new expressions. wesley started a fund to make small loans, akin to today’s microlending, and the fund made loans to 250 people in the first year. on fridays, the poor who were sick came to be treated and were provided basic medical care. in 1747, wesley published a book on “easy and natural” methods for “curing most diseases.” wesley and the methodists at the foundry leased two houses for poor and elderly widows and their children. and they started a school for children who roamed the streets.
for wesley, evangelism and ministries to the poor were inextricably linked; you could not have one without the other. wesley’s approach to the christian faith is sometimes described as dialectical —holding in tension two things that appear to be opposites and forging a synthesis of the two that makes for a stronger and more complete faith than either side had alone. this is what we see in jesus’ great commandments to love god and love neighbor, and what johnwesley did at the original foundry in 1739. and once again, what we seek to do today through the foundry institute at ohio christian university.