SALT Concepts and Comments
Stragegic Alliance for Leadership Training Newsletter March 2003
Training leaders to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2
After the first SALT seminar in Africa one of the participants was asked to comment on the training. His answer went something like this: “My training before SALT taught me to learn. My SALT training taught me to teach.”
We would all agree that the best way to learn something is to teach it. Paul’s statement in 2 Timothy 2:2, however, takes this principle a step further. If teaching others is the best way to learn, teaching them to teach is the very best way to perfect our own teaching skills.
The reasons are obvious. First, training others to teach requires us to put truth into seed form so that it can germinate and reproduce. Transplanting facts that have perhaps never even germinated in our own experience makes truth impersonal. Knowledge must be conceptualized. This is the law of the seed. Translating knowledge into concepts requires the trainer to push his thinking to deeper levels in order to synthesize, or pull things together to give meaning. Someone has said that to speak simply we must think deeply.
Second, training others to teach makes us focus on our disciples to determine whether they are really grasping the truths we are trying to implant. When cultures are different, perceptions will also be different, even in the best circumstances. Knowledge must not only be conceptualized; it must be contextualized. This is the law of the soil. The learner must be required to teach truths back to his trainer, who will be able both to determine his level of understanding, help him personalize truth, and guide him in his ability to reproduce it in the lives of others.
Third, training others to teach requires the trainer to put into practice effective teaching methods, for these will be reproduced by the learner. How the trainer teaches will be every bit as important as what he teaches. He becomes the model for the learner. Truth must be exemplified in the life of the trainer, not only in the quality of his teaching, but also in the quality of his life. This is the law of the sower. The ability to personalize truth will go beyond the letter and infuse spirit into the teaching, bringing truth alive. In planting the Word, the trainer will himself become seed implanted into the lives of his disciples.
Fourth, training others to teach means that effectiveness will be measured by the ability to infuse truth into the lives of other, not by written exams. If, every time we teach, we would require the learner to: 1) identify the concepts he intends to teach others, 2) identify who he is going to teach, 3) describe the learning experience he intends to create, 4) describe the results he is aiming for—nearly everything we have discussed would have to come into focus. This is the law of the harvest. Truth must be reproduced in the lives of others, not just intellectually, but incarnationally.
The most effective teaching situations for our disciples are not necessarily structured. When truths germinate in the lives of those we train, every encounter provides opportunity for implanting those truths in the lives of others. Training occurs in relationships, not classrooms.
From Dave Manduka: “I believe that the biblical picture of the shepherd offers the best summary of the functions in leadership. It offers an understanding of the responsibilities to the elect of God, both those found and those not yet found. Within the flock there is caring, feeding, protecting, guiding, etc. But there should also be a compassion for lost sheep and efforts to seek them. Leadership training must deal with a person’s relationship to people. Can he/she relate to people? Does he/she have a compassion for people? Is he/she accessible to people? Do they trust him/her? The shepherd knows the sheep and sheep know his voice and follow.”
From Bruce Triplehorn: “The Greeks, being philosophically inclined, had numerous terms to described the way people process information. Here are just a few terms that might help our discussion of training leaders.
Oida – This word, usually in the perfect tense, indicates a fullness of knowledge. It means to have seen or perceived and may be considered cognitive knowledge of a subject (John 8:14). Gnosko – This means to have an intimate knowledge or familiarity. It has the sense of coming to realize something (1 Cor 8:3).
Suniemi – Literally this word means to bring things together. It is translated as comprehending a truth. The most significant use of this word is in the parable of the soils in Matthew 13. Jesus states that the first soil represents those that don’t “comprehend” (suniemi) (v.19). The good soil represents those that comprehend and bear fruit (v.23).
It is obvious that all three types of knowledge are important, but that true spiritual knowledge comes through the Holy Spirit putting truth together to give the big picture. The “oida” involves mastering the information, ginosko comes from personally experiencing the truth, and suniemi implies spiritual comprehension of God’s ways, the latter being impossible without the previous two.”
From Kent Good, concerning the SALT Summit in Cambodia: “In Battambang Dave Guiles taught principles of pedagogy developed by the Strategic Alliance for Leadership Training. The rest of us (Jay Bell, Clay Hulett, Becky and myself) taught a series of 10 Bible studies designed for establishing the 120+ points of light in the Gospel. The studies, written by Florent Varak and myself, were translated into Khmer and visuals were prepared for each study to help non readers (70% illiteracy) understand who Jesus is in the context of Scripture. God demonstrated His faithfulness in helping us do what was necessary in the time allotted. We pray that He will now give much grace to the 9 foundation layers and their assistants as they transmit the same studies to all of the points of light.”
From Clay Hulett: “Christian Beuggert and I met for two and one-half hours yesterday working on SALT. First of all, we made the decision to go with your 45-lesson grid (with minor modification) to do step #5 of the ACTS strategy. We will be using Huletts’ 132-lesson grid to accomplish step #8 (mentoring pastors of newly organized churches). The 132 lessons will be our “seed bag” of truths. Christian and I worked on the first 18 lessons which are on the left hand side of your grid, going up and down. Each week, we want to teach one knowledge lesson, one character lesson, and one skill lesson. For each lesson we isolated the Key Concept. We changed the wording of some of them to make them easier for Filipinos. We clearly isolated the Key Verse for each concept. We laid out an assignment for each lesson. This is something easy, but very practical for the emerging leader to work on during the week, between lesson sessons. Cris Estara will be taking these first 18 lessons to Bicol region in April and May and teaching them to 3 or 4 emerging leaders. Pray for this.”
From Bruce Triplehorn: “I have been working hard at developing the SALT training material. My greatest desire is to raise up spiritual leaders that not only know the Scriptures, but live the Scriptures. SALT is all about planting seeds.....seed concepts that will germinate in Brazilian soil and give fruit in the form of godliness. We have identified 55 Biblical seeds (lessons) that we want to plant in the lives of our leaders. Each of these seeds is cultivated with personal study and interviews with people. It is watered with prayer and worship using the Scriptures and the fruit is harvested through the guidance of a mentor. Each lesson is dynamic with all kinds of exercises to see that the concept truly gives birth in the lives of the leaders. I have finally completed the first section and started an initial group of 25 people. This is really a larger group than I wanted at first. I have tried not to publicize it too much, but the demand seems to be pretty high.”
Mexico training: In January SALT training was introduced to the churches of Mexico by Dave Guiles and Steve Bailey.
Kyrgyzstan summit: On March 14 Tom Julien, Wayne Hannah and Jack Rantz will meet the team in Kyrgyzstan for a SALT summit. The purpose of the encounter will be to become acquainted with the leadership training ministries already in place, present the SALT philosophy, and to discuss ways of introducing SALT principles into the existing training ministies. A report of this summit will be included in the next SALT Newsletter.
Saint-Albain Seminar II: Dave Hobert is organizing a second SALT seminar at Saint-Albain later this month. Dave Manduka will join Tom Julien for this seminar, which will focus on the application of the SALT principles.
SALT Africa: Augustin Hibaile, Regional Administrator for SALT Africa, is in Bangui with his family, along with the other professors of the Bata Bible Schools. Reports indicate that the facilities at Bata, along with the personal effects of the professors, have been completely pillaged. Augustin is currently focusing his teaching on the law-enforcement personnel in Bangui, where his teaching on ethics has been greatly appreciated. Much prayer is needed for the suffering Brethren in the Central African Republic, as well as for wisdom and courage in meeting the pressing needs, including leadership training. Samuel Dadje continues to implement SALT in the training center in Chad.
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March 9, 2003
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