The Reformed Evangelical Pastors College was founded in 2005 and graduated its first class during the Fall of 2008. Graduates have been ordained in several Reformed denominations in the past year. The REPC was founded by both Christ the Word Church (PCA) in Toledo, OH and Church of the Good Shepherd in Bloomington, IN (ClearNote Pastors College). The two churches collaborate in the training of men for the ministry and split teaching duties with the aid of a polycom teleconferencing system.
Our prayer is that the men who are trained at the REPC would be faithful shepherds of God's flock. We strongly believe this method of training for the ministry--training church leaders within the church--is the best way to produce godly leaders for the church.
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The REPC exists to train men for the pastoral ministry.
The REPC trains men for the ministry by focusing on their intellectual development as well as the development of their character as men of God and shepherds of God's flock.
All REPC students spend their tenure at the college paired with a mentor (an elder of the church) who oversees their personal development. Students generally meet with the mentor on a weekly basis. The mentor encourages the growth of godly character and commitment to the Body of Christ through dedicated ministry. By the end of the program, it is our hope that our men show the characteristics of godly leadership and shepherding. This mentorship is a major emphasis of the REPC and a distinguishing feature of our course of study.
As for cost, all REPC students are expected to raise $750 of sponsored support each year. The rest of tuition is covered by work in the church, an important part of the training.
Teachers at the REPC include the pastors and elders of Christ the Word Church and Church of the Good Shepherd. Other guest teachers have lectured at the college.
Fundamental to the success of each man’s ministry is a wife and family who are active and committed to ministry within the church and home. Wives of our students go through a one-year course of study with the wives of the pastors and elders of the church. In addition to theological studies, the wives are prepared practically for a life and home dedicated to ministry.
You can read more about the REPC on the blog of Christ the Word's senior pastor, David Bayly.