SALT Strategic Alliance for Leadership Training
“Leadership will determine the shape of the Christian movement as we move into the third Christian millennium. Leadership will decide whether we follow the path of the Pharisees to oblivion (by practicing a refuge brand of Christianity) or reemerge as a vibrant church that has the requisite energy to spark personal and community transformation.” Reggie McNeal, The Present Future, Leadership Network Publications
A troubling question…
Where will your church be ten years from now?
Will it still be committed to biblical values in a pluralistic society?
Will your people be characterized by spiritual vitality and ministry?
Will your church be turned outward in missionary vision both at home and globally?
The answer to this question will be largely shaped by your church’s ability to equip God’s people for the work of the ministry.
Ephesians 4:11-16 and 2 Timothy 2:2 present God’s strategy for survival, vitality and reproduction.
The five ministry functions:
Create new ministry initiatives (apostolic)
Make the church’s message culturally relevant (prophetic)
Confront the lost (evangelistic)
Care for the flock (pastoral)
Equip the saints (teaching)
The three levels of leadership training:
The level of Timothy: “the things you have heard me say”
The level of faithful men: “commit to faithful men”
The level of God’s people: “qualified to teach others”
However, in responding to this challenge the church must overcome three obstacles:
The great divide: the distinction between professional and non professional ministries, making non-professionals feel like second-class ministers.
The great gap: the absence in most churches of “mid-level” leadership: the joints and ligaments that hold the body together and make it function.
The great gulf: the teaching gulf between the church’s discipleship ministries, (generally aimed at edification), and training for ministry (usually relegated to specialized institutions).
Training for ministry must begin in the church.
· The Lord gives His ministers to the church.
· These leaders must be identified, equipped and mobilized.
· Their ministry is to equip all God’s people for works of service.
Training for ministry must occur in ministry by those on ministry.
SALT is a global alliance of trainers dedicated to training others.
· Regional trainers, dedicated to the creation of leadership training teams in local churches and coalitions of churches.
· Timothy-level trainers, dedicated identifying, equipping and mobilizing lay leadership who will train others in the five ministry functions.
· Faithful and qualified men, trainers dedicated to equipping all the saints for the ministry.
The main objective of SALT is the creation of church-related leadership training teams making effective leadership training available to all Grace Brethren Churches.
The SALT approach is in three parts:
2 Timothy 1:13: the Pattern of Sound Training
2 Timothy 1:14: the Deposit of Sound Training
2 Timothy 2:2: the Process of Sound Training
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?