Frequently Asked Questions
How do I begin?
Where do I find these materials?
Why are the sessions on saturday morning?
What do the sessions look like?
Why are the meetings so long?
How much does it cost?
Are their consultants to help us run the Timothy Project in our congregation?
- Familiarize yourself with the printed materials. You should find all the resources we’ve gathered under the resources section of the Timothy Project website. This will include the Timothy Project Manual, which will act as a leaders guide and includes many resources, the Timothy Project Participant’s Guide, which is the workbook for participants, and several additional resources.
- Explore the pages of the website. You will find background information, defining premises, printable resources and web links to other purchasable resources that can be accessed through the internet.
- Print out the materials that you may be interested in using. It is difficult to assimilate it all on a computer screen. You may find it helpful to print out materials and begin to read and edit them for your particular setting. You are free to edit any or all of the materials that you download from this website. We only ask that you send us a copy so that we can share your ideas and changes with others who may use this material.
- Decide whether you will run the Timothy Project in your congregation. This may seem redundant but you need to decide if this is something that will benefit those in your congregation who are exploring a call to ministry. If so, you will need to commit yourself to enter fully into a more intense relationship with them.
- Sound the Call. You will need to invite persons that you feel would benefit from this experience to consider being a part. It is important as well to ask others in your congregation who they sense God calling as well. You should also give opportunity for persons to voice a personal sense of call and desire to be part of this program. All three are important ways that God calls us into ministry.
- Gather those who have agreed to meet with you and set a date and time when you will begin meeting. Write up your syllabus, get all the materials purchased or printed, line up who will lead the various parts of your times together and get ready to see God work in these person’s lives.
This website www.emu.edu/seminary/timothy contains lists of resources and materials to help you as you participate in the program. Take some time to look through the resources section of the website. If you would prefer to receive printed material, you may request it from the Timothy Project staff.
They don’t have to be on Saturday morning but that seemed to be the only time when everyone was free. It didn’t mess up most persons plans for the day or evening and it increased the commitment level which made the program seem important and special. We knew that whoever was there really was serious about hearing from God and following Him. We would suggest this format.
Following is a tentative morning schedule we used. A more basic outline is in the syllabus.
5:30 Breakfast & general discussions on readings
6:00 Worship & prayer
6:15 Introduction of topic
7:00 Discussion, questions and answers
7:45 Small group, prayer partners, mentors discussion on practical questions, worksheets given by input person, etc.
8:15 Conclusion and weekly assignments made
Again, that is how we did it. You may make changes if you like. But remember that part of the effectiveness is in the intensity of the program.
There is no cost to you for the Timothy Project. As a congregation we asked each participant to contribute $15.00 to the experience and covered the rest of the cost as a ministry. Total cost will depend on how many of the suggested materials you decide to use.
Yes there are. To contact us:
Harry & Beth Jarrett
2924 Brookfield Rd
Lancaster, PA 17601