TACF School of Ministry Equipping and Releasing Servant-Leaders to the Body
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit that began here in Toronto in January of 1994 has had a significant impact on the church worldwide and here at TACF.
This significant moment in church history signals for many a time for receiving fresh vision and refreshing for their lives and ministries. One fruit of this revival has been the formation of TACF’s School of Ministry.
In the fall of 1995 TACF pastors, John and Carol Arnott, had a vision to see young adults released to minister in wholeness, grace and passion for Jesus. Under the administrative direction of Peter and Heather Jackson, the church established the school to prepare young people to be healthy, servant-leaders in the church. Although everything we teach is grounded in sound theology, TACF School of Ministry is not a school of the Bible but a training course in hands-on ministry. The newly forming TACF Bible Institute will offer a three-year Bible school curriculum for those who want further training.
In the beginning Peter and Heather Jackson, who are now itinerant ministers based out of TACF, planted the school and led it for the first three sessions. David and Charmaine Hicks who helped Peter and Heather establish the school succeeded the Jacksons as the directors. Now in its tenth session, the school’s new leaders are Stuart and Lynley Allan of Auckland, New Zealand.
Our desire for the school is to build on the solid foundation that has been laid before. Always at the forefront of our minds is the knowledge that this is the Holy Spirit’s school. Our goal therefore is to make this a place where the Holy Spirit feels welcome and our purpose is to give Him as much room as possible in which to work.
The SOM’S Three-Fold Focus
TACF School of Ministry has a three-fold focus. The school’s vision is to see people with pure hearts released to minister who are capable of enjoying deep intimacy with the Heavenly Father. From the place of intimacy with God, they will know how to discern and flow with the Holy Spirit using effective ministry tools in appropriate situations. Our focus is not simply on acquiring knowledge, but rather on the application of truth in the believer’s life.
Healing of the Heart
Healing of the heart is a core value of TACF, and it is an essential component of the School of Ministry. God is concerned with the heart of man, and we should be, too. Jeremiah 17: 9-10 says, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it? I the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind…” At the SOM, we understand this and help students gain an understanding of the sanctifying work of the Spirit so we can co-operate with Him as He searches our hearts and exposes and heals hurts, hidden motives and desires. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8) so we believe that allowing the Spirit to purify our hearts is central to developing intimacy with the Lord.
Practical Ministry Experience
The next focus of the school is on practical ministry experience. Through the years we have learned that we can gather volumes of useful information from teaching, but it is not until we step out and apply it that it truly transforms our lives “proving ourselves doers of the word and not merely hearers.” (James 1:22.) TACF SOM’s vision is to provide opportunity for hands-on practice to activate what students learn in the classroom. For example we have found that we can teach the students about prophecy but it is not until the gift is activated and they have prophesied that that it becomes a tool they can use to serve others. After five months of teaching, training and impartation, it is our goal that the are released in the areas of hearing Gods voice, preaching and teaching, prophecy, physical healing as well as healing of the heart. It is our hope that the students will be able to minister to the body of Christ as well as the lost in their communities thus helping the pastors and leaders in their churches gather in and minister to the harvest.
Learning to Be Sensitive to the Holy Spirit
The third value of the school is learning to minister in the flow of the Holy Spirit. We want everything from the administration of the school to what is taught in the classroom to be directed by the Holy Spirit. Our cry is, “Lord we only want to be doing what you’re doing when you’re doing it.” Since the Holy Spirit fell here in January 1994, none of us ever wants to go back to ministering without the Holy Spirit. Therefore to be effective in ministry the students need to know what that looks and feels like.
Our involvement with the school began this way in New Zealand when the Holy Spirit fell in our church, Auckland City Elim, in October of 1994. On that day we received a word from Pastor Bruce Taylor, “The call of God is going to come quickly to your lives. When it comes, grab it with both hands and run with it”. We didn’t know what that meant, but it signaled the beginning of the Holy Spirit training and equipping us for what we do now. We prayed the prayer, “Here we are Lord send us,” and He did!
Stuart comes from a background in Logistics Management and Lynley from Advertising and Media, but we left our careers, home and family to follow His call and attend the TACF School of Ministry in the spring 1998 session. We then served on the staff for the next three schools before taking over as directors of the spring 2000 school. This isn’t the traditional route into ministry, but we’ve seen the Lord train us and we believe that we are positive proof that the Lord can use anybody!
During our time in Toronto as students at the school and in serving here since, we have been deeply changed by the love of the Father and impressed by the lengths He will go to to be in relationship with us.
Growing up through the school ourselves and living on the campus has given us a unique understanding of what student life is like and how to make the school the best ministry training experience it can be.
To find out the most recent info on the School of Ministry, please go to the Catch The Fire School of Ministry website.