SALT Concepts and Comments
Stragegic Alliance for Leadership Training Newsletter January 2003
Training leaders to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2
This is the first of a monthly newsletter to encourage dialogue between SALT facilitators as well as provide information for others who are involved in training ministries. Each month the newsletter will focus on one or several of the basic concepts of SALT, followed by some of your comments and information about SALT initiatives around the world. Send me the email addresses of others who would like to get the newsletter.
Tom Julien, SALT International Coordinator
The following is an attempt to use our acronym as an outline to describe SALT. What are your comments?
SALT is an alliance
SALT is a cooperative effort to provide viable and effective leadership training systems to every Grace Brethren Church world-wide by 2010.
SALT is not primarily a program, curriculum or organization, but an alliance. It is an alliance between GBIM and local churches through a global network of trainers.
Where churches already exist, SALT will seek to complement, and not compete with existing training and teaching ministries. The objective is a trained leadership, not a particular program of training. In pioneer church-planting situations, SALT will offer resources to foundation layers for accelerated and effective equipping of the first-generation elders.
SALT is a strategic alliance
SALT seeks to meet three basic needs in our global fellowship of churches:
1. The need for churches characterized by a biblical culture (transformed beliefs, values and behavior) rather than merely a layer of biblical knowledge. Colossians 1:28-29
Traditional teaching has often created synchretism with biblical knowledge forming only a thin veneer over animistic or humanistic worldviews.
2. The need for faithful leaders able to guard the deposit entrusted to them as the pattern for sound teaching. 2 Timothy 1:13-14
Leaders must be qualified in knowledge, character and skill.
3. The need for training programs that will equip through instruction, example and practice rather than merely inform. Matthew 28:18-20
Effective training focuses on obedience and begins with the end in mind.
SALT is for leaders
SALT is not a discipleship program for all believers, but a leadership training program for those given by the Lord to the church to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.
The purpose of SALT is to train leaders to teach others (2 Timothy 2:2).
The starting point for SALT training in any culture is a profile of what a trained leader needs to know, be and do.
SALT is a training ministry
SALT seeks to equip rather than merely instruct. One cannot equip without instructing, but it is possible to instruct without equipping. SALT basic training provides a foundation on which further biblical and practical training can be built.
SALT is an incarnational approach to training which seeks to implant personalized truths (concepts) which will germinate and produce fruit, rather than merely transplant knowledge. It is conceptual rather than purely cognitive. By cognitive teaching we mean the transfer of information. By conceptual training we mean the implantation of personalized truth.
For Comments this month I would like to quote from an document from Bruce Triplehorn representing excellent work in applying the SALT philosophy to his situation in Brazil. It is a working document still in the process of being revised; hopefully Bruce will send the facilitators a copy in the near future.
The role of worship in internalization of truth: I’ve asked myself why, for so many years, my sincere study of the Scriptures did not transform my life. Why are so many people who believe and know the Bible so cold in their walk with God? I am convinced that the link between understanding and practice of the Scriptures is worship.
Although it is a good question, just asking, “How do we apply this passage?” is not enough. It is possible to “do” without really being transformed. Our goal is that the truth of Scripture becomes so much a part of our life that obedience is second nature. It is having our “senses trained to discern good and evil (Heb 5:14). It is truly having the law written on our heart (Jeremiah 31:33). It is fulfilling the righteous requirements of the law through walking in the Spirit (Rom 8:4).
When we worship God for who He is, contemplating His character, we are transformed into His image progressively (2 Cor 3:18). The theoretical passes into reality. It is the difference between knowing about Him and knowing Him. We become convinced of who He is and trust in Him.
The second SALT seminar for trainers in the Central African Republic and Chad held last October was interrupted by the outbreak of civil war in the Central African Republic. Since then the situation has progressively worsened, leading to the dispersion of the personnel of the Bible Institutes and Seminary and the pillaging of their homes. As of this week Jim Hocking and Keith Shearer are in Bangui seeking to bring help and assess the situation. The situation is desparate for many of our brethren, who need our prayers. In Chad Samual Dadje continues to implement SALT, reporting outstanding growth both of numbers of believers and Points of Light.
This week SALT will be initiated in the Mexican border churches. Dave Guiles and Steve Bailey will be teaming up with Jesus Munez to begin SALT training for leaders of a growing church planting movement.
The week following, an important meeting will take place in Cambodia bringing together Dave Guiles and Jay Bell with Clay Hulett and Kent and Becky Good to assess the training needs of the evangelists of the large number of Points of Light.
Plans are being made for a preliminary meeting of the leaders of the church planting movement in Kyrgestan with Wayne Hannah and Tom Julien in March to assess their situation in view of the eventual implementation of SALT training.
(Facilitators are invited to share information for intercession. Send news to email@example.com)
Summer 2005 Inside Out or Outside In
Spring 2005 Creating a Leadership Development Culture
Winter 2005 Leadership Training Clinic
Autumn 2004 Church Based Leadership Training
Spring 2004 Making Truth Personal
Jan- Mar 2004 Holistic Training
Nov-Dec 2003 4th Law-Law of the Harvest
Oct 2003 3rd Law-Law of the Sower
Sept 2003 2nd Law-Law of the Soil
Aug 2003 1st Law-Law of the Seed
July 2003 Teaching or Training
June 2003 Converting Content to Concepts
April 2003 Concept: Implanting vs. Transplanting
March 2003 Training Leaders to Teach Others
January 2003 What is SALT?