We’ve Been Busy Making Bullets
We are excited about the upcoming launch of the Adrian Rogers School of Global Leadership’s Certificate in Pastoral Leadership, and, in honor of the occasion, we have been busy making bullets.
When someone would ask Adrian Rogers if it was OK if they preached one of his sermons, he would reply, “If my bullet fits your gun—if it’s the right caliber—shoot it. Just make sure you use your own powder.”
Based on that analogy, when describing our ministry, I often tell people that, in addition to being an educational institution, we are also a munitions factory, producing gospel bullets for those who engage in spiritual warfare. And make no mistake, we are in a war. Not a flesh and blood war, but a war of conflicting worldviews and ideologies, a war of God’s absolute truth versus the world’s relativism—a battle for the very minds and hearts of men and women.
Consider the startling results of a study done by George Barna: Only nine percent of those who claim to be born again Christians have a basic biblical worldview. For his study, here is how Barna defined a “basic biblical worldview:
Believing that absolute moral truth exists, and that such truth is defined by the Bible as evidenced in these six affirmations:
- Jesus Christ lived a sinless life.
- God is the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe and that He still rules it today.
- Salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned.
- Satan is real.
- Christians have a responsibility to share their faith in Christ with other people.
- The Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.
I should note that this study consists solely of Americans who claim to be born again. I think that if this same study were to be done in China, the percentages would be much higher. Be that as it may, the implications are real and alarming: the battle is raging and we need well-equipped men of God—gospel warriors—on the front line.
Second Timothy 3:16–17 tells us that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (NIV). At the Adrian Rogers School of Global Leadership, our mission is to help you become that “thoroughly equipped” servant/soldier, using principles based directly on the Word of God.
In keeping with that goal, we have assembled the best teaching we could find—in print, audio, and video—all in one place. Our Certificate in Pastoral Leadership features instruction, training, and exhortation by world-class educators, pastors, and thought leaders—men of God such as John MacArthur, Danny Akin, Jack Graham, James MacDonald, John Piper, Thom Rainer, Jerry Vines, Jim Shaddix, David Allen, Paige Patterson, Andy Stanley, Robert Smith, Jr., Michael Yussef, O. S. Hawkins, Mark Dever, and many more.
The entire 36-week course of study has as its foundation the dynamic pastoral training curriculum taught by Dr. Adrian Rogers. Dr. Rogers’ powerful and anointed teaching has already been used to equip over 35,000 Christian leaders on five continents—using the DVD-based curriculum alone. With the launch of The Adrian Rogers School of Global Leadership—a fully scalable elearning platform—we hope to equip not just tens of thousands, but hundreds of thousands of global pastors, church planters, and Christian leaders.
So yes, we’ve been busy making bullets and we’re looking for soldiers with gospel guns. To complete your ensemble, our Certificate in Pastoral Leadership would make a great ammunition belt. You can wear it slung low on the hips like John Wayne or across the chest like John Rambo.
(If you prefer a less violent analogy, we’ve got some powerful tools that will fit perfectly in your gospel toolbelt.) In either case, it’s time to strap it on and join the fray.
Steve Rogers is president of the Adrian Rogers School of Global Leadership. He is the son of Dr. Adrian Rogers.