Announcing The Silo Project: Biblical Training for Normal People

Mark Beuving —  March 18, 2013 — 5 Comments

Silo Pathrwight LogoEternity Bible College has just rolled out one the most exciting tools we’ve ever created. I’m going to share briefly about it here and offer it to you at a discount, but first the rationale.

Every Christian has a responsibility to know God, to study his word, and to help other people grow closer to him as well. This is very clear in the Bible. As an example, consider Ephesians 4:11–12. According to this passage, who is supposed to be doing the ministry in your church?

“He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…”

The answer is: you are! Pastors equip and saints (i.e., Christians) do ministry. For many Christians, however, this is a scary thought. Where do I begin? How do I help someone with their problems? Which passages of Scripture should I point them to? What if someone asks me about Romans? Or Isaiah? How can I be sure that I’m representing God correctly?

It doesn’t matter what your vocation is, ministry training is important. Every church in the world believes this, which is why our pastors preach on Sunday mornings. Our pastors labor tirelessly to equip us for ministry. And organizations like Eternity Bible College exist to assist churches in this process. The more we can push ourselves to learn the Bible and apply it to life, the healthier the church will be.

Our unique calling at Eternity Bible College is to bring quality, affordable Bible education to churches everywhere, and for us this centers on biblical higher education. But we have also made efforts over the years to make this education more accessible to those who don’t have the ability or desire to study at the college level.

What we have found, however, is that it’s not easy for a normal person with a normal schedule to clear out three hours per week to sit through a fifteen week college course. That’s why we’ve created the Silo Project.

The Silo Project takes some of the key insights from our college courses and presents them in an attractive online format that allows you to learn at your own pace. We’re not talking about filming classroom lectures here, which many schools (to their credit) are beginning to make available. Each Silo course features short videos (5–7 minutes each) with a professor speaking directly to you as the learner. The content has been prepared and presented specifically for this format.

This means that no matter who you are, what your learning style is, or how much time you have on your hands, you can go deeper in your knowledge of the Bible and its application for life and ministry.

With each course, you can choose to join a self-paced “class,” where you can start and stop whenever you’d like, interact as much or as little as you’d like with people from around the world, and move at your own pace. Each of these courses is only $25. Or you can go through each course with your own group (with your church or Bible study, for example) for only $20 each. This allows you to interact with only members of your group, offering a more private experience.

We’d like to invite you to try out the Silo Project at a 20% discount. Simply choose the course you’d like to take and enter the coupon code “tryitnow” on the payment screen. This coupon expires April 1, so don’t procrastinate (even if you do, courses are still only $25).

We think you’ll love the Silo Project. To learn more or to try it out, visit thesiloproject.org.

 

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Mark Beuving currently serves as Associate Pastor at Creekside Church in Rocklin, CA. Prior to going back into pastoral ministry, Mark spent ten years on staff at Eternity Bible College as a Campus Pastor, Dean of Students, and then Associate Professor. Mark now teaches online adjunct for Eternity. He is passionate about building up the body of Christ, training future leaders for the Church, and writing. Though he is interested in many areas of theology and philosophy, Mark is most fascinated with practical theology and exploring the many ways in which the Bible can speak to and transform our world. He is the author of "Resonate: Enjoying God's Gift of Music" and the co-author with Francis Chan of "Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples." Mark lives in Rocklin with his wife and two daughters.
  • SLIMJIM

    Wow this seems pretty neat…I like the fact that this is in bite size that’s manageable for most people rather than hours of lectures (not saying there’s no place for that) especially since things online don’t grab people’s attention for that long (unfortunately)

  • meyerk

    I signed up for two classes and have been so blessed by the teaching! It is a really fun way to study, and I’m grateful to all of you who have worked so hard to make the Silo project happen. Thank you!

  • Betty Beuving

    couldn’t get links (thesiloproject.org) above to work — tried http://www.siloproject.org and it worked.

    • MarkBeuving

      Hmm. All of the links are working. I’m glad you figured it out, though!

  • Marissa

    This is so great! Thank you for launching this.