The Chicago Plan
The Chicago Plan is Holy Trinity Church's residential training scheme devoted to training emerging pastors, church, planters and full-time Christian workers. The meeting schedule follows the general academic calendar, each year beginning in September and ending in May. The curriculum consists of three parts: classroom instruction, ministry experience, and mentorship.
Since the Chicago Plan began, the classroom instruction has focused on the basic tools for Biblical exposition. Our goal is to equip each student with the skills they need to responsibly and rightly handle the Bible so that they may teach it to others.
The Chicago Plan students also engage in nearly every aspect of Holy Trinity Church's ministry. On any given Sunday, you may see an intern preaching, leading an adult Sunday school class, or working with the children's ministry. During the week, the students help lead the community groups, work in the office and lead several other aspects of church ministry.
The final piece in the training is mentorship. Perhaps you have heard it said that some things are better caught than taught. This is a powerful truth that the Bible affirms. Having a more seasoned mentor to disciple those that are younger in the ministry is evident throughout the New Testament. The mentoring pastors not only teach the interns in the classroom, they also interact with them on their ministry responsibilities, training them and giving them feedback.
These three important aspects of the training result in better prepared and better-rounded preachers and teachers for Christ’s church.
To learn more, contact the Coordinator, Kyle Edwards ().
Interested in applying to the Chicago Plan?
Please download the appropriate application, type in all answers and information, and return as an attachment to . The deadline for each academic year (starting in September) is January 31 of the same year.
The Charles Simeon Trust
The Charles Simeon Trust is a non-profit organization with the aim of "promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world by training the next generation of Biblical expositors." They do this primarily through Workshops on Biblical Exposition for people already in ministry, training initiatives like the Chicago Plan and Simeon Course on Biblical Exposition for young men and women beginning in ministry, and the provision of Gospel resources. See the Charles Simeon Trust website for more information.
Interested in starting an Internship Program at you church?
The Charles Simeon Trust offers a training program that will help your church make this a reality. For more information visit simeontrust.org/kit/.