SALT Concepts and Comments
Newsletter for the Strategic Alliance of Leadership Trainers Spring 2005
Training leaders to train others. 2 Timothy 2:2
In the last SALT Newsletter we emphasized the need for churches to create a leadership development culture. This is a culture which allows leaders to grow naturally out of the church’s soil. The leaders produced by these churches will be indigenous to their soil rather than being transplanted from other environments, sometimes created artificially.
What kind of environment is necessary to allow leaders to be identified, equipped and empowered? Though each church will create its own unique culture, three characteristics seem to be basic:
A focus on ministry rather than maintenance.
In Ephesians 4:11-13 Paul reveals the five ministry functions of the church, stating that the Lord gives trainers to the church to fulfill these functions.
The five ministry functions of the church are:
Though all these functions must be present in every church, they are sequential in nature. The church must penetrate the world, confront the world with the Word of God, call out a people for His name, care for those who respond to the call, and equip them for the work of the ministry. If any one of them is neglected the church will become dysfunctional.
A focus on people rather than programs.
It is impossible to create a leadership training culture without sensitivity to the significance and spiritual potential of the people. Churches with a leadership development culture learn to see people not merely as what they are, but as what they can become.
A leadership development culture must be created organically, not organizationally. In an organism, structure grows out of relationships, whereas organizations try to create relationships out of programs and structure.
Churches with a leadership development culture:
· believe that each member has a significant ministry in the body,
· seek to discern the spiritual potential of each member,
· involve the members in ministry teams where their gifts are maximized.
A focus on function rather than position.
The titles given in Ephesians 4:11-13 should not be understood as positions in the church, but functions. Involvement in ministry reveals the leaders whom the Lord gives to his churches.
Churches with a leadership development culture:
· seek to identify those whom the Lord has sent in leadership functions,
· provide the training necessary for the development of these leaders,
· empower these leaders to fulfill their role as “joints and ligaments,” in equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.
In effective leadership training a basic concept is that involvement must precede identification and instruction.
The apostolic ministry requires people gifted in initiative.
The prophetic ministry requires people gifted in insight.
The evangelistic ministry requires people gifted in boldness.
The pastoral ministry requires people gifted in compassion.
The teaching ministry requires people gifted in wisdom.
The following is an excerpt from the report of Samuel Dadje’s last training session at “Chateau Bethany” in Moundou, Chad, where the participants were equipped in the principles of the SALT Alliance and the ACT Strategy. The report details the content of their training, then outlines their excellent plan for follow-up:
Reports are encouraging concerning SALT Clinics and Training Sessions in Brazil (Bruce Triplehorn) and Argentina (Gary McCaman).
During the spring SALT training clinics have been held in Grace Brethren churches in Ohio (Macedonia), California (Ripon and Simi Valley), and Pennsylvania (Northern Atlantic District with Keith Shearer).
SALT Clinics will be held in France in June, and in England in July. ACTS training will be offered to African leaders at the Chateau of Saint-Albain in France in June.
SALT training will be offered on August 4-5 to the participants of Equip 05, to be held in Winona Lake.
A SALT Training Clinic is planned for the Chesapeake district in October.
A five-hour clinic on Church-Related Leadership Training continues to be available to a limited number of churches, or coalitions of churches, during 2005. Those interested should contact Tom Julien, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or tel.: 574 268 1888 ext. 32.(Past SALT Newsletters are available on request.)
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?