I have just received my introduction letter and prospectus for the upcoming MTI Homiletics Practicum. MTI stands for Ministerial Training Institute:
"MTIOPC is designed primarily to provide men who are preparing for the gospel ministry (men under care of presbyteries and licentiates) and current OP ministers with instruction supplemental to that which they might receive in seminary. Others (including OP ruling elders, ministers from other denominations, and men in other denominations training for the ministry) should also be able to benefit from this instruction. MTIOPC grants continuing education credits." For more information see an excellent article by Dr. Jim Gidley here.
The course is co-taught. I have been grouped with Pastor Peter Vosteen who is the minister of Lynnwood OPC in Lynnwood, WA. Lynnwood OPC is also the home of Northwest Theological Seminary. The other instructor is Pastor Bill Shishko who ministers at Franklin Square OPC in Franklin Square, NY. The course is set up like a correspondence class, so most of the work is done at home, then we will meet for an intensive period of training from April 30 to May 3 in Lynnwood, WA!
I'm really looking forward to the course and the interaction with the instructors and students. I pray it will help me to communicate more effectively!