Pastoral Training Institute

The apostle Paul writes in 2 Timothy 2:2, The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, entrusts the training of men for ministry to the local church. Based on this biblical pattern, the Anchored in Truth: Pastoral Training Institute (PTI) is a church-centered biblically based pastoral training curriculum. Birthed out of decades of proven experience, in reforming both the doctrines and practices of the local church, the Institute equips God-called men to grow churches that are anchored in the truth of God’s Word and equips seasoned pastors for more effective local church ministry.

Core Values

PTI accords with the six basic principles of Anchored in Truth, namely, that it will be: God-Glorifying, Christ-Centered, Biblically Strategic, Focused on Spirit-Filled Preaching, Personalized Involvement, and always Local Church-Centered (1 Peter 5:12).

Proven Effective Practices

Vince Lombardi rightly said, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” The practices taught in the Institute have proven effective in the crucible of the local church throughout decades at Grace Life Church of the Shoals (Joshua 1:7-8).

Experienced Faculty

The faculty at PTI are experienced pastors who have served faithfully in the local church and, in some cases, in the highest levels of academia. Nonetheless, all faculty members understand that their job is not merely to entrust their personal ministry experiences to faithful men but to set forth God’s Word and to share such experiences that harmonize with the principles of the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:1).

Incarnational Atmosphere

The training takes place in a local church setting where the principles taught are modeled by the leaders and members of the church. We believe that learning is as much caught as taught.

Curriculum

Wise Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 12:11-12, 11 The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. 12 But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. While there is an endless array of subjects to study, the PTI curriculum is laser focused. The courses offered in the curriculum include what is most necessary for effective local church ministry.

Class Schedule

The Anchored in Truth Master Plan

August 31 - December 13

Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30PM

Expository Preaching I

August 30 - December 12, 2020

Sundays, 4:00-5:30 pm and Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm

Expository Preaching II

February 2, 2021 - May 18, 2021

Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm

Every Member Ministry

February 1, 2021 - May 17, 2021

Mondays, 6:00-9:00 pm

Church History

July 12-16, 2021

1 Peter Intensive

August 15, 2021 - December 5, 2021

Sundays, 4:00-5:30 pm and Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm

Personalized Strategic World Missions

August 16 - December 6, 2021

Mondays & Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm

Biblical Church Discipline, Biblical Counseling, and Biblical Conflict Resolution

January 23, 2022 - May 15, 2022

Sundays, 4:00-5:30 pm and Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm

Biblical Pastoral Ministry (1 & 2 Timothy)

January 31 - May 16, 2022

Mondays & Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm

Biblical Theology

July 11-15, 2022

Pastoral Mentoring Practicum

Ministry Service under a Mentoring Pastor Approved by AIT, June of 2022-February of 2023

Teachers

Jeff Noblit

Jeff Noblit

The Anchored In Truth Master Plan

Jeff Noblit has served on the pastoral staff at Grace Life Church of the Shoals since 1981 and has served as the senior pastor since 1989. Grace Life Church is known for its earnest desire to be glory of God focused, Christ honoring, and Bible saturated with a passion for spreading the Gospel to all peoples for the glory of God. Jeff is the founder and president of Anchored In Truth Ministries, which is centered on expository preaching. Anchored In Truth is committed to supply resources and materials to strengthen the development of healthy local churches. In recent years God has expanded the ministry to include church planting and the support of missionaries who are committed to both sound doctrine and practice in the local church. God has used the True Church Conferences hosted by Grace Life Church and Anchored In Truth Ministries to help train leaders in the United States and around the world. He is the author of the Accountability Notebook, which has been a tool in personal discipleship for more than 25 years. He has also authored booklets including The Great Answer to the Great Question, Born to Reform, Seeking God: Examining the State of Your Soul, and Baptism: Our Profession of Faith. He has contributed articles to various journals and magazines including The Messenger published by Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Founders Journal, The Wall Street Journal, and the book entitled Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue. He and his wife, Pam, have three daughters: Katie Leigh who is married to Garrett Shirey, Taylor Beth who is married to Tyler Farris, and Anna Claire who is married to Sam Taylor. They also have five grandchildren, Rylan, Aulcie Kate, Rayce, Evelyn, and Elise.

Timothy C. Seal

Timothy C. Seal

Expository Preaching I

Timothy C. Seal serves as the Director of the Pastoral Training Institute for Anchored In Truth Ministries and as the Associate Pastor of Grace Life Church of the Shoals. Prior to joining the Anchored In Truth and Grace Life family, he served, in various roles, for fourteen years at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, namely, as the Dean of the Seminary, the Academic VP, the Chairman of the Department of Practical Theology, and as a Professor of Practical Theology and Nouthetic Counseling. He also was honored to serve with Dr. Stephen F. Olford as a teacher and the Vice President at Olford Ministries International. In addition to his years of service in the academic field, he also spent fourteen plus years as the senior pastor of churches in Mississippi and Louisiana and, as an interim pastor, for numerous years. He has written various journal articles including A Prayer of Awakening for the Lost, Contrasting the Secular and Nouthetic Approaches to ADD/ADHD, and Church Discipline: Recovering the Lost Treasure. He and his wife, Sanrea, have three children: Crissy who is married to Brian Berry, Zach who is married to Elisabeth, and Mackenzie who works as an engineer. They have four grandchildren, Colson, Evelyn, Miles, and Henry.

Steve McAlister

Steve McAlister

Personalized Strategic World Missions

Steve McAlister serves as Vice President of Operations and Management for Anchored In Truth. He has had the joy to serve at Grace Life Church of the Shoals on two different occasions for a total of 21 years, and he is currently serving as a pastor/elder. Steve has filled various positions in multiple churches including that of Senior-Pastor. In his current role, he knows that God's ministry calling on his life is to serve and support Jeff Noblit through Grace Life Church and Anchored In Truth and has truly been blessed and honored to do so. Steve spends each year engaging various cultures around the globe and counts some of his closest friends as international. Steve is a graduate of Auburn University, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and The Master's College. He and his wife Allison have been married for 30 years and have three grown children, Lindsey, Gray, and Shelby.

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