When I came across the website for Contenders, I was very excited. By the time I had an interest in attending Bible school, I had a family and responsibilities that prevented me from attending Bible school. Thank you so much for your time and effort to provide this Bible school tuition free. The classes have been both educational and challenging. I’ve gained a better understanding of God’s Word and been given tools and principles with which to rightly divide the Word of Truth.
The classes have not only been interesting, but I feel much better equipped to teach as a result of the assigned readings, Bible timelines, and online study aids that were shared in class. The “Evangelism, Teaching and Preaching” class was very practical in providing experiences in delivering short messages that were topical and some that were expository.
We were given the opportunity to perform a wedding, funeral, preaching messages, and general presentations. It was a very practical experience. I believe God led me to Contenders in order to prepare me for the pastorate. My wife, Robin, and I are now serving as Village Missionaries at Bridge Community Church in Myrtle Point, Oregon. Without the training I’ve received from Contenders, I don’t think we would have had the opportunity to minister here effectively! We’re excited for the opportunity to preach the Word and love the people!