you can never have too much training, right?

A few of years ago I co-wrote a training course about one-to-one ministry with a couple of other people.

Ever since I read Ben’s post on ‘conversation tips’, I’ve had a niggling sense that I should try to post some of it. Still, I have some hesitations…

Not only have I not asked the others for permission to post it. I’ve also started wondering about the whole emphasis we place on ‘training’.

Of course, the essence of ‘training’ in the NT is discipleship. And I’m emphatically NOT questioning the value of that. But I’m increasingly aware of the detrimental effect of labelling any helpful material we develop or course we run ‘training’.

It can, disastrously, send the message that you need to be ‘trained’ — properly qualified, officially sanctioned — in order to serve and contribute to building the body. I take it we don’t want to send that kind of message (questions of church ‘membership’ and discipline notwithstanding).

But I’m not really sure what the alternative is.

Perhaps all it’s a matter of ‘re-branding’?

I guess ‘training’ — in any field — is great when you’re at uni or TAFE or just starting out in the workplace. But once you’ve been working for a while, any ‘training’ you put yourself through needs to be about professional development. It’s about selling the benefits again.

So, how do we do it? Any ideas for how we might sell the benefits of the ‘training’ we offer, without sending the wrong message?

 Thoughts? Suggestions?


  1. Morning, I’m writing a post next week on Bible college students who blog. I’ve discovered your blog, and out of courtesy wanted to check if you would prefer I didn’t publish a link to your blog.



    Steve Kryger
    Tech Writer
    Sydney Anglicans

  2. Tools. All of them.

    But seriously – a possibility (with its own drawbacks) is calling them “tools”.

    Tools to help with evangelism. Tools to help with follow up. Tools to help with…..


    1. I like it. So we talk to people about doing such and such a course in order to ‘add another tool to their toolkit’?

  3. I think that’s the way it should work – that way we avoid any tool being the silver bullet course/tool, show how they are helpful, encourage people to collect all the tools they can, and how for each situation, various tools are more or less helpful.


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