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.
Dr. John Morrison
John Morrison serves as the Director of Theological Training. He earned his PhD in Church History and Historical Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Dori, and they have two children, Jack and Caroline. John is an active member of the Lake Lanier Rowing Club and helps coach the high school program there.
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.
Spring 2019 Course Offering:
Reading the Old Testament as Christian Scripture
Wednesday Nights, 6:15-7:30
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.
Theology Breakfast Club
J. I. Packer’s Knowing God
Wednesday Mornings, 7:15-8:15
Beginning August 2018
Thursday Night Theology
Thomas R. Shcreiner’s New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ
First Thursday Evening of Every Month, 8:00-9:30
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.
Lakewood has partnered with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s EQUIP Network to offer fully-accredited theological education in Gainesville. Accepted students can earn up to 60 hours toward a master’s degree through courses at Lakewood. These courses are also open to anyone interested in pursuing further study.
The next cohort begins August 2018. For more information and to learn how to apply, contact Dr. John Morrison.
Lakewood’s Gospel Training Center and COR 3:6 Church-Planting Network offer a two-year residency designed to prepare future church-planters 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.