Introduction of Ministry:
The Navigators 2:7 Training Series is designed for small group intensive Bible study for both men and women, facilitated
by two leaders. The Series consists of six 11-week courses-Courses 1, 2, and 3 (The 2:7 In God's Family Series,
and Classic Courses 3, 4 and 5 (The 2:7 Ministering Disciple Series)
1-3 focus on The Growing Disciple, and the look is more "inward" where
students are focused on their own spiritual growth and development. Classic Courses 3-5 focus on The
Ministering Disciple and the emphasis is more "outward" where students are focused on
ministering to others.
Each course in The 2:7 Series builds on the previous course.
The prerequisite for Classic Courses 3-5 is the successful completion of the three courses in The
2:7 In God's Family Series-Growing Strong In God's Family, Deepening Your Roots In God's Family, and Bearing Fruit
In God's Family.
In continuing the fulfillment of First Baptist Church of Highland
Park’s commitment to Our Lord’s Great Commission (Matthew 28: 18-21), the Colossians
2:7 Discipleship Series was established with three purposes:
To raise up faithful men and women who will be able to teach others. - 2 Timothy 2:2
To present every believer perfect in Christ. - Colossians
prepare each believer for his personal Mission Field. - Acts 1:8
Pastor James J. McCord
implemented a discipleship training institute at First Baptist Church of Highland Park based on information Eric Redmond brought
back from a conference at The Washington Bible College. Rev. Ronald E. Crawford, then Dean of Christian Education and three
other men were the first participants from First Baptist to attend the Navigators Leadership Training Conference which took
place in 1991 in Fredericksburg, Va.
They were also the facilitators of the first men's discipleship
classes. The first graduation class of eight men who completed the first three courses of The 2:7 In God's Family
Series was held in March, 1993. As a result of the success of the first group of men, the discipleship ministry was
opened to both men and women.
The women's discipleship group was the outgrowth of a second leadership
training session, which was held at First Baptist in the fall of 1992. From among the group of trainees, Deaconess Yvonne
Felton was appointed as the Coordinator of Women's Discipleship classes.
Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been
taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Activities and Services:
There are currently four discipleship courses offered: Courses 1, 2 and 3 of The 2:7 In God's Family
Series, and Classic Course 3 of The 2:7 Ministering Disciple Series. Classes meet
weekly. A Discipleship Graduation Service is held annually, in June, for graduates of The 2:7 In God's Family
Series and also Classic Course 3 of The 2:7 Ministering Disciple Series.
To register for both women and men discipleship classes complete the appropriate registration form below
To register for Growing Strong in God's Family click here.
To register for The Ministering Disciple click here.
Co-Directors: Deacon Russell Crawford, Jr. and Deaconess Vivian M. Hill
Co-Directors:Deacon Ollie Williams and Deaconess Noline Neal