Keeping a Step Ahead

Church leaders must not only know how to teach but to equip others by training others to do what they can do. Many ministerial schools neglect this kind of training, therefore very few leaders actually have the vision or confidence to equip others to train.
In a growing church, there are many opportunities for interns to receive training and exercise their spiritual gifts. They first observe and participate, and later train others with supervision.
There are many short-term specialized training courses now offered at seminaries and training centers to supplement special areas of interest.
We need to enable trainees to train.

Training courses available Training courses such as those listed here can be learned with help from available resources.
Implementation and adaptation of the training to the context is more difficult.

The hope of the next generation depends upon our effective training!

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Keeping a Step Ahead: Training Trainees

Where in the Bible does it tell us to train others? It is implied and taught all over the Scriptures. God trains His people. He even gave us the scriptures to train us in righteousness (2 Timothy 2:16-17). Fathers are to train (Deuteronomy 6). Church leaders are to train.

In order to keep pace with the Lord, we must do more than just train others. While training others, we must train them how to train. This is the only way to keep up with the multiplication of disciples that God wants to bring into being.

One friend was answering the question, "Where does it tell us that everyone needs to be trained to train others?" After referring to a number of key passages such as Ephesians 4:11-13 and 1 Peter 2:9-10, he said a powerful but simple statement. "Matthew 28:19-20 charges all of His people to make disciples of all. If this is the case, then we need to train His disciples to make disciples too."

Note below the way Jesus trained His disciples, and they in turn trained others. This is the sense of 'equipping' in Ephesians 4:11-13. The pastor/teachers are to prepare others to do ministry.

"For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you." (Jesus in John 13:15)

"Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ." (Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:1)

"Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe." (to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:1-2)

Everyone has part in helping others. Fathers are to train their children. Older women are to train younger women. Elders/pastors are to train their sheep.

Only if a good job is done in training others to train others, can we have great hopes for the next generation.

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