The 28:19 Crew is the alumni division of the Discipleship Training Institute which has a mission to fulfill the command of Christ in Matthew 28:19-20 where He commands,
“19 Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them [a]into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you [b]all the days ([c]perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. [d]Amen (so let it be).” Matthew 28:19-20, Amplified Bible (AMP).
Each year the team Alumni Advisory Board picks areas of emphasis either in a foreign country or in the United States where they will go and train disciples. Members of 28:19 are also comprise the advisory team for the Discipleship Training Institute and serve as Professors for the upcoming classes after having completed a rigorous train the trainer certification.
"As I think back on my decision to enroll in D.T.I., I can remember being excited about the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the Word of God and spiritual gifts. I had no idea, at the time how much I would learn and grow as a Christian and as a leader. The format used to teach us how to study to show ourselves approved was not only impressive but completely biblical. As an individual, who has been saved for decades and who is also called to minister as well as having been a leader in my local church for many years I was thrilled with the opportunity to learn and grow. I especially appreciated the opportunity to view the class online, which provided a necessary tool and resource for me to be able to complete the course. I now use the strategies and information provided in the course on an ongoing basis. I have always been a student of the Word, however, D.T.I. has allowed me to take my studying, living and preaching to another level. What a blessing D.T.I. is to those who attend. I particularly liked that our class was made up of people from various churches. This too was useful in our discussions and partnerships. I am forever grateful for my experience and growth as a Class of 2014 Graduate of the Discipleship Training Institute. This class was definitely God ordained and God inspired!"
"As I look back in my mind over the past 10 months of my life, all I can say is only God could have orchestrated such an amazing experience. As I reflect back on the person I was when I initially came to D.T.I. It has become obvious both to myself and to others who know me that I have grown considerably. This course has not only caused a paradigm shift in my mind and how I view the study of God's word, but more so in how I approach ministry in general. This course has taught me how to use tools which were readily available to me all this time but that I had not clue how to use. I must say that although I had been in church all my life and had seen concordances I had no clue how it was to be used to study and expound on God's word. I've learned how not to just accept any word from the pulpit and a preacher but to text the word to see if it is the correctly interpreted Word of God. I've learned to go home and conduct in-depth studies in order to better understand God and His purpose for my life. This course has also taught me to be a better assistant to my shepherd (Pastor Michael Williams of the SANCTUARY CHURCH OF TAMPA) by becoming a better leader. It has allowed me to even if for a moment see through my pastors eyes the need for strong and effective leaders who not only hear the vision which God has placed in him but to run with the vision by making disciples who will also run with the vision. I truly walk away from this experience with a deeper hunger and desire to know God more intimately, to seek His presence more fervently and to be a disciple maker as was the mandate of the Great Commission"
"When I initially begin D.T.I. I was under the impression that it was just going to be a typical type Bible Study. Boy was I wrong! Although I thoroughly enjoy teaching and training in scripture, D.T.I. has helped me to take my research skills to an entirely new level. This course has really nourished me spiritually, as well as helped to mold me in certain areas, which I thought I had a good grasp on. The lessons in this course have caused me to to gain a much deeper understanding of scripture and of God. No longer do I just settle for what is being preached about over the pulpit, but I really listen for sound doctrine now. It feels so much better to be empowered to really have a heightened awareness for accurate biblical interpretation. D.T.I. has equipped me with more than I could have ever imagined. I will continue to use the knowledge I have been taught as I continue to increase my knowledge and ability to truly become a disciple maker. I am empowered to go out and share with others what I have learned. D.T.I. is truly something I will always cherish, just for the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding I have gained."