Lakewood’s Gospel Training Center exists “to equip God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Eph. 4:12).



God has called us as a church to make disciples of Jesus Christ locally, nationally, and globally. The Gospel Training Center aims to equip the church for this calling through missionally-focused courses in biblical and theological studies that foster love for God and neighbor.


What is the Discipleship Track?

The Discipleship Track provides opportunities for people to grow in their love and understanding of the Lord through the study of his Word. In addition to growing participants as followers of Christ, these courses encourage and equip believers to make disciples wherever God has called them.

Studies in Discipleship

The Discipleship Track offers short-term studies designed to enrich the faith of believers and to prepare them to make disciples. These classes focus on deepening our understanding of key Christian beliefs and how these beliefs shape our lives.


Theology Reading Groups

Theology Reading Groups meet regularly to discuss readings in biblical and theological studies with the goal of growing in our love for the Lord and for our neighbor.

Women’s Theology Group
J. I. Packer’s Knowing God
Wednesday Evenings, 6:15-7:30


Thursday Night Theology
Lesslie Newbigin’s The Open Secrets
First Thursday Evening of Every Month,  8:00-9:30


As we transition back to gathering in-person, please contact each group leader directly for information on whether the group is meeting virtually or on campus.  

School of Ministry

What is the School of Ministry?

The School of Ministry serves those the Lord has called into vocational ministry through our seminary cohort and church planting residency.

We believe that theological education must be about far more than the transference of knowledge: it must inculcate wisdom, grow us in our love for the Lord and neighbor, and drive us to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. As such, the School of Ministry has a fourfold emphasis: (1) rigorous academics, (2) intentional community, (3) spiritual formation, and (4) missional engagement.

Seminary Cohort

Lakewood has partnered with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s EQUIP Network to offer fully-accredited theological education in Gainesville. Accepted students can credit toward a master’s degree through courses at Lakewood. These courses are also open to anyone interested in pursuing further study.



Lakewood’s Gospel Training Center offers a twelve-month Christian Ministry Residency designed to prepare future missionaries and pastors to succeed where the Lord has called them. The program takes a holistic approach to this preparation by offering rigorous training in biblical and theological studies, fostering the spiritual formation and personal development of residents and their spouses, and providing practical ministry experience. Residents can concentrate in one of four areas: pastoral ministry, church planting, worship ministry, or cross-cultural missions. 




Rooted & Grounded

Rooted & Grounded

Rooted & Grounded is a ministry of Lakewood Baptist Church that creates theological content to grow the church in our knowledge of God in order that we would grow in our love for him and for our neighbor.