ABOUT T.N.T. MINISTRIES
T.N.T. Ministries began around a kitchen table in Laurel, Indiana in December of 1990. Five couples from instrumental churches of Christ and a semi-retired sister in Christ met to discuss the current progress of the churches in the Restoration Movement. All were concerned about the lack of evangelism and the dearth of sound doctrine that was commonplace in many congregations. Out of this meeting came four goals:
1. Return the Restoration Movement to a Biblical position
2. Start churches growing again
3. Develop sound, useful training materials for Christians and evangelists
4. Provide a nationwide voice or profile for the Restoration Movement
We saw our role as one of holding clinics and revivals to encourage churches, producing doctrinally solid teaching material, and of developing a Bible college hat would produce faithful evangelists. Various circumstances over time pared five couples down to the Fagan’s and Spinnati’s who were determined to form an organization that would provide a vehicle to accomplish the group’s goals. That organization was T.N.T. Ministries. T.N.T. stands for Teaching New Testament and represents our dedication to the plan of salvation, church polity, and personal growth of the Church as portrayed in the pages of the New Testament.
Founding directors David Fagan and James Spinnati first met in January, 1988 on a three-week preaching trip to Kerala, India. The friendship begun on that trip was cemented by frequent fellowship as the two men labored in congregations in southeastern Indiana. Jim was evangelist at the Holmes Hill Church of Christ in Aurora and Dave was evangelist for the Church of Christ in Laurel. Jim’s background was through western Ohio churches connected with the Ottumwa, Iowa movement, while Dave’s background was among the instrumental Christian churches in central Indiana.
In August of 1991 we produced a 12-page magazine with articles by the men involved in T.N.T. The response to that publication was so overwhelming that the decision was made to begin a quarterly publication called The T.N.T. Journal. In 1992 we produced the Bee A Soul Winner video course as a tool for training Christians in the local church to win the lost. One part of that video course was a peel and stick card we called the Bee A Soul Winner Scripture Reference Card. Tens of thousands of these cards have been produced and distributed in several foreign languages throughout the world.
In 1993 T.N.T. Director Jim Spinnati made the first of several trips to Russia. Since then the influence of T.N.T. Ministries has reached into 15 foreign nations and our outreach is constantly expanding.
In 1994 our first study book, Out of the World and Into the Word, was produced. This book was a collection of twelve teaching outlines and charts on basic doctrinal subjects compiled by Jim Spinnati. In 1998, Dave’s 33 lesson, 88 page study book, Things Every Christian Should Know was published. These books set the pattern for what was to follow in the production of teaching material. Today over 30 books are available as well as numerous tracts, booklets, and CD’s. T.N.T. Ministries has always encouraged and helped in the distribution and publication of material produced by other faithful, doctrinally sound evangelists. Our material is made available free or at extremely low cost for missionaries and native workers. We encourage new authors by publishing suitable articles in our magazine. Over the years the T.N.T. Journal has grown to 24 pages and continues to be a primary voice of T.N.T. Ministries.