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Next Step Counselor Training Manual
The Next Step Counselor Training Manual provides an eight-page summary on how to counsel those seeking full-time service at a mission conference. Each counselee fits into one of three stages and according to his or her unique situation and calling, the counselor provides insights and suggestions for the counselee’s next step. (8 pages)
Train Up Leaders for Ministry
Training Leaders for Ministry provides a basic and specific plan to get a church leader to counsel a 'called' person into ministry. Why wait for seminary to train a person? They cannot provide the training God wants to provide them through you. Start now! This article shows how to mentor these highly motivated individuals in the context of your church. (14 pages)
Charting Your Steps into Service
This timeline enables the NextStepper to chart the means by which God is both calling and training him. The chart not only provides an overview of one’s past but also to identify what areas of training are yet needed. A sample page is included. (2 pages)
Plan of Action
The NextStepper can use this chart to clearly work out what next steps God might have for his or her life. One’s success depends on how much the NextStepper is able to integrate the various insights gained during the conference into his or her own life planning. A sample sheet is provided. (2 pages)
English: pdf | Chinese: pdf
The commitment card is used near the end of the personal interview to help the NextStepper make a commitment according to how God might be guiding him or her. Two copies are provided. One becomes the NextSteppers, one for the followup team. (1 page)
Take Your Next Step into Ministry￼
Take Your Next Step into Ministry helps a person prepare a person for ministry. We offer this resource here so that you as a counselor can utilize its information and assignments and more effectively follow up this person having a burden to go into Christian ministry. Careful questions lead the reader to properly evaluate one’s preparations in four areas: Experience, spiritual development, training and relationships. (16 pages)
NextStep Large Group Training Curriculum
What does the pastor or elder do who finds that several people have become NextSteppers in their church? Our church has been having this good problem for a number of years. The training curriculum simply tells you what we have done and gives you plenty of resources to implement a followup program with much less effort! Basically it shares how to lead a small (or perhaps not so small) group of NextSteppers through the year.
The Flow: An Explanation
Many pastors are afraid of mentoring or training. No need to be! We have provided an overview of the training process that God wants to be occurring in the church. So even when someone is interested in full-time service, you need not panic. Instead discover where they are going and how far they have come. Work with them to design a simple plan to get there. The process called The Flow is quite easy to understand and examples are given on how to implement it.
Mission Conference Follow-Up Program Resources
NextStep Follow-up Plan
This is a plan for following-up NextSteppers after a mission conference. This is a rather thorough plan because it encompasses numerous regions, diverse church backgrounds and a few hundred NextSteppers. It can be simplified if one's situation is less complicated. Essentially, there are two parts. Following-up the NextStepper and help finding a mentor for them. We hope that the church's pastor or elder might be able to help mentor them. We recognize that most pastors have not been trained to do this. It is this for reason we have supplied the training material above.
Sign-up Counselor Card
This is a card for those at a table who are arranging personal interview appointments for the NextSteppers. This is placed here as a future resource.The three levels are indicated here.