My name is Ken Baugh and I am the Founder & Executive Director of the Institute for Discipleship Training (IDT Ministries). I am excited to share with you our resources for Christ-formation and I want to personally invite you to join our community.
I served as a local church pastor for 25 years and in 2014, after a devastating experience as a senior Pastor, I started IDT Ministries to be a resource for Christ-formation and to gather a community of believers who desire to journey together in discipleship to Jesus.
Our desire is to provide you with the best resources to address the hurts and sinful habits within a safe community of friends to help us be honest about our feelings of guilt, shame, and condemnation. As we journey together in our discipleship to Jesus, we will experience healing, and freedom from sinful habits and the lies that distort the truth about God, self, and others.
Please join us as we journey together in Christ-formation.
—Ken Baugh, Founder & Executive Director
Ken is a graduate of Biola University and earned his Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In 2016 Ken completed his Doctor of Ministry in Discipleship from Talbot School of Theology. Ken has served as a local church pastor for over 25 years and founded IDT Ministries in 2014. Ken’s most recent book, Unhindered Abundance published by NavPress, will be released in February of 2021.
Ken is a Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tabor College M.Ed. in Neuroscience and Trauma Education Dept | Graduate Studies.
Ken enjoys biking, carpentry, hiking, reading, and photography. Ken has been married to his wife Susan for 36 years and together they have two daughters and three grandchildren. Ken, Susan and their dog Roe live in the Nashville, TN area.
IDT Ministries’ overarching mission is meant to be an expression of God’s vision and mission for humankind as set forth in the Great Commandment and Commission found in Matthew 22 and 28, respectively.
We are inspired by God’s love to help facilitate Christ-formation by considering the dynamics of human development. Just as “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Lk. 2:52) so must we. This process considers the whole person including physical, emotional, and spiritual. As such, our resources are rooted in a robust biblical theology infused with findings from psychology and brain science. When combined, these areas of study offer a more complete understanding of how people grow in Christ-like character. Further, God created us to thrive in three relationships represented by the colors in the IDT logo. The gold represents our relationship with God. The teal represents our relationship with self, and the clay represents our relationship with our neighbor. Together, these relationships provide the context to live out the Great Commandment and experience the fullness of His love, the catalyst for transformation.
We invite you to explore what God has enabled us to provide. Our ministry is comprised of four key facets including various types of resources and a discipleship community experienced in the context of events, mentors, and partners. While each provides value, they are being woven together to provide the greatest collective benefit.
Revelation: All Truth is God’s Truth
God reveals himself to us today through two primary means: Special Revelation (Scripture) and General Revelation (Creation). The Bible refers to Scripture as the inspired and inerrant Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17 & 2 Pet. 1:20-21). The Bible also maintains that God reveals himself through creation (Rom. 1:20 & Ps. 19:1). At IDT Ministries, we believe that findings from science can inform our understanding of God’s revelation—including psychology and neurology—because they fall under the banner of General Revelation. Therefore, the truths we learn from both Special and General revelation can help us in our understanding and process of Christ-formation.
Salvation: Progressive Sanctification
Salvation includes a number of stages including Regeneration (2 Cor. 5:17), Justification (Rom. 10:9 & 2 Cor. 5:21), Sanctification (1 Pet. 2:9-10) and Glorification (1 Jn. 3:2). The stage of Sanctification can be confusing because Scripture refers to it as a past, present, and future reality. For example, the past phase of salvation is also referred to as Justification: “I have been sanctified in Christ” (Heb. 10:10). The future aspect of salvation is also referred to as Glorification: “I will be sanctified in Christ” (1 Jn. 3:2). The present phase of salvation begins at the moment of Regeneration and continues—aided by the Holy Spirit—until after death when our transformation into the character of Christ is finally complete. This present, life-long phase of salvation is Progressive Sanctification or what we refer to at IDT Ministries as Christ-formation. Therefore, Progressive Sanctification and Christ-formation refer to the same thing; the life-long process of becoming more and more like Jesus in his character. It is important to remember that the Holy Spirit is the primary agent of Christ-like character formation, it also requires our participation. Paul refers to this in Philippians 2:12-13 where believers are exhorted to work out their salvation.
Triune God: God is Relational
God is a triune being of three equal yet unique persons including Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As a triune being, God is relational; he has existed for all eternity in the trinitarian community. You could say that the Trinity is God’s small group. The process of Christ-formation is deeply rooted in intimate relationship with God and others. The relational theology that we affirm at IDT Ministries is deeply rooted in the reality that relationship is fundamental to the nature of God and therefore, makes us relational beings—in need of relationship with God and others—because we are created in his image and likeness (Gen. 1:27).
The Role of the Holy Spirit in Christ-formation
The work of the Holy Spirit in Christ-formation is essential. Of the many works of the Holy Spirit in our lives, He is the primary agent of our Christ-formation (2 Cor. 3:18). In addition, other works of the Spirit specific to Christ-formation include but are not limited to the following: The Holy Spirit leads us into truth (Jn. 16:13), He bears witness in us that we are children of God (Rom. 8:16), He reveals to us the deep things of God (1 Cor. 2:10), He sets us free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:2), He enables us to obey the truth (1 Pet. 1:22), He pours the love of God in our hearts (Rom. 5:5), He comforts us (Acts 9:31), He gives us joy (1 Thess. 1:6), He brings things to our remembrance (Jn. 14:26), He dwells within us (Rom 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16), and He produces His fruit—namely love—in our lives (Gal. 5:22-23). Without the Holy Spirit, any progress in Christ-formation will be impossible.
My Identity in Christ
One of the most amazing dynamics of Regeneration (being born-again) is that the new believer becomes a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). This new status does not erase former hurts and it does not produce instant maturity, but as new creations, we have a new nature and identity. Understanding and living out of our new identity in Christ is an essential dynamic of Christ-formation. In Christ, the new believer is the salt of the earth and light of the world (Matt. 5:13-14), a son or daughter of God (Rom. 8:14-15; Gal. 3:26), a joint heir with Christ, sharing in all His inheritance (Rom. 8:17), a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16), one spirit with Christ (1 Cor. 6:17), a saint (1 Cor. 1:2; Eph. 1:1; Phil 1:1; Col. 1:2), righteous and holy (Eph. 4:24), a citizen of heaven (Eph. 2:6), and dearly loved by God (Col. 3:12). The believer’s new identity is truly a mind-blowing reality.
At IDT Ministries, we believe that Progressive Sanctification, Christ-formation, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Growth and Maturity, and Discipleship are essentially synonymous as they all point to the same life-long process, namely becoming more and more like Jesus Christ in His character. Therefore, discipleship is not optional. The Gospel is so much more than the good news of the forgiveness of sin and heaven when you die. Jesus invites us to follow him, to be with him, and to learn what it looks like to be part of God’s family. Discipleship is so much more than just gaining biblical information and practicing spiritual disciplines, it is a moment by moment encounter with the living Jesus where we live in the reality of his presence and power in our lives.
The Bible clearly reveals that Satan and his horde of demonic, angelic beings are working against us (Jn. 10:10; Eph. 6:12). While Satan and his minions have no power over us in Christ (1 Jn. 4:4), they can try to deceive us and tempt us to believe lies about God, self, and others. We combat these lies with God’s Word and prayer as we take every thought captive to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). We do this by comparing the lies of the enemy with biblical truth and choose to believe God’s Word instead of Satan.
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