Shepherd
School

Training men to shepherd their home, small group, and Jesus’ church.

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“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”
2 Tim. 2:1-3

The first practical purpose of Shepherd School is to help every man lead his family.
The second is to help him lead his small group, if and when he has one.
The third practical purpose is to train up a would-be pastor who “aspires to the office of overseer” so that he may lead Jesus’ church in faithfulness. This is truly “a noble task” (1 Timothy 3:1) and requires that one meet the qualifications laid out in Scripture (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
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In everything we want to be as practical and as helpful as possible. Therefore you will be in class once per week, and in that class you will be taught the Scriptures as well as the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. In addition, you will read helpful books throughout the week and then discuss in person with the Pastors. Finally, for those in the certificate path, you will be examined and equipped with proper instructive and corrective training as you write theological essays and biblical expositions. This will all be done so that each man may be “a good soldier of Christ Jesus“ (2 Tim. 2:1-3) to the glory of God.

This is not an average Bible study or small group setting. This is training for war. We believe this will be intensely challenging and, by God’s grace, extremely edifying for all involved.
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FOUR SEASONS

Season OneThe One True and Living God – January 2021

Season TwoThe Word and the Gospel – August 2021

Season ThreeThe Church and Ministry – January 2022

Season FourThe Past and the Future – August 2022

TWO PATHS

PARTICIPANT PATH
  • Weekly Reading Assignment
  • Weekly meeting for Bible Study, Confessional Study, Discussion, and Prayer

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPANT PATH
I) The accountability to read books that will build you up in the faith (weekly reading assignments).
II) The benefit of being taught the Word of God and the 1689 Confession of Faith (scripture, confession, discussion, prayer).
III) The opportunity to be trained by Pastors even in a busy season of life that will not allow you enough time to write essays and expositions.

CERTIFICATE PATH
  • Weekly Reading Assignment
  • Weekly meeting for Bible Study, Confessional Study, Discussion, and Prayer
  • Four Short Essays
  • Four Expositions of Scripture
  • Certificate from the Pastors leading Shepherd School

  • BENEFITS OF CERTIFICATE PATH
    I) The accountability to read books that will build you up in the faith (weekly reading assignments).
    II) The benefit of being taught the Word of God and the 1689 Confession of Faith (scripture, confession, discussion, prayer).
    III) The opportunity to be trained by Pastors and examined as you write out what you have learned (four short essays).
    IV. The opportunity to be trained by Pastors and examined as you write out expositions of scripture in preparation to teach your family, small group, or Jesus’ church (four expositions of Scripture).
    V. The approval of Pastors concerning the training you received (certificate from Pastors).

Apply Now for Season One

Season One starts January 4th, 2021

FAQ

Q1. Is there a cost for either of the paths offered by Shepherd School?
A1. The only cost currently associated with either path of Shepherd School is that you are responsible to buy or digitally procure the books for each season.

Q2. Where will the weekly classes be held?
A2. The weekly classes will be held at the Ekklesia Muskogee Building – 700 N 4th St. Muskogee, OK 74401.

Q3. When will the weekly classes take place?
A3. Monday evenings from 6:00pm–8:30pm.

Q4. Are there any prerequisites for being admitted into Shepherd School?
A4. Any male 18 years of age or older is eligible to apply.

Q5. Who are the pastors that lead Shepherd School?
A5. Brett Baggett, along with his fellow pastors of Ekklesia Muskogee, Brandon Allen and Nate Yarbrough.