SALT Concepts and Comments
Newsletter for the
Training leaders to train others. 2 Timothy 2:2
Inside Out or Outside In
In this year’s SALT Newsletters we are discussing how to apply the principles of conceptual learning in developing training ministries in the local church. We have already seen that if the Lord gives leaders to the church (Ephesians 4:11-13), then these leaders must be discovered and equipped in the church, as the initial step in their training.
In the spring Newsletter we emphasized the necessity of creating a climate of leadership development in the church: focusing on ministry rather than maintenance, focusing on people rather than programs, focusing on function rather than position. Leaders should grow naturally out of the soil of the church, rather than having to be transplanted from elsewhere.
There are two possible approaches to church-related leadership development: outside-in (organizational), and inside-out (organic). The outside-in approach is program-oriented. It usually consists of introducing a curriculum-driven program of leadership training to the church. The inside-out approach is people-oriented. It consists of mobilizing the people of the church in ministry, identifying those who are faithful, then qualifying them for leadership through training adapted to their needs.
Pastor Keith Shearer of the New Beginnings church in Myerstown, Pennsylvania, has summarized the inside-out approach with four terms: deployment, discovery, description, and development. Each of these terms represents a key concept in leadership development:
Deployment: involvement in ministry.
Key concept—training becomes relevant through ministry involvement.
Discovery: identifying potential leaders.
Key concept—training does not create leaders; it reveals them.
Description: individualizing leadership training.
Key concept—training begins with the end in mind.
Development: implementing a training program.
Key concept—training that is biblical is holistic: head, heart and hands.
The next four SALT Newsletters will focus on each of these key concepts. In the meantime, give us some feedback from your own experience. What has been the role of ministry involvement in the development of leaders in your church?
In His creation God established the laws of reproduction, manifested in the seed, the soil, the sower and the harvest. In His parables the Lord used these laws to teach the principles of spiritual reproduction. These laws are applicable in all situations where truth is shared, whether in teaching, discipleship or training leaders.
A brochure entitled Four Laws for Effective Trainers has been prepared as a tool for those who are seeking to sharpen their skills in presenting God’s truth to others. Plans call for the publishing of this brochure this autumn, but in the meantime a working copy has been produced for the purpose of getting reaction from those who are using it.
If you would like to receive a working copy of this brochure, please request it by an email to: email@example.com, giving your mailing address.
Pastor Shearer, quoted above, recently shared the brochure with a women’s group which included several women involved in home schooling. One lady related that she will now think through the four laws every morning as she plans what she will be teaching her children that day. Another commented that every point Keith shared about conceptual training (the four laws) she saw as having immediate application to her home-schooling and her Sunday School class—and she had four pages of personal notes for how she would use the laws.
The Four Laws can be applied to any situation involving the communication of truth: Learning, Teaching, Preaching, Counseling, Discipling, or Evangelizing. They have proved to be effective for all classes of people, from illiterate pygmies to university professors.
They are simple: they are easily grasped and practiced by anyone.
They are comprehensive: they contain all the elements of learning.
They are cross-cultural: they are understandable in any society.
They are transferable: they can be explained in non-technical terms.
Acts for Africa
From June 20 to July 1 twelve African leaders received training in the ACT Strategy at the Chateau of Saint Albain in France. These leaders came from the Central African Republic, Chad, and Cameroon, and included both trainers and pastors. The training, based on the SALT conceptual approach, was given by Dave Guiles, Executive Secretary of Grace Brethren International Missions, assisted by Tom Peters, Mike Taylor and Tom Julien.
One of the participants in the ACTS training, Dr. Augustin Hibaile, has embarked on a new ministry called the International Center for the Development of Ethical Leadership. After nineteen years of ministry at the Grace Brethren Bible schools and seminary in the Central African Republic, and after twelve years of voluntary service as a chaplain among law enforcement agencies, God has given Dr. Hibaile a passion to minister to those in positions of authority in his country through the creation of this ministry, which focuses on character development and follows the SALT approach. We are praying for partners for Dr. Hibaile in this venture, both in intercession and financial support. Contact us for more information.
On August 2 a gathering was held bringing together representatives from a number of leadership training ministries in the FGBC: Grace Theological Seminary (Jeff Gill, Dave Plaster and Tom Stallter), the 4/12 Commission (Jeff Bogue), the National Institute (Tim Kurtaneck), Truth Quest (Neil Cole), BILD International (Tim Boal and Larry Orme), Redeem the Day (Kary Oberbrunner and Jeff Martin), and SALT (Dave Guiles, Keith Shearer and Tom Julien). The purpose of the meeting was two-fold: to better understand the various training ministries, and to seek ways of sharing resources.
SALT Training Clinics
During the past months SALT Clinics have been held in France and England. SALT training was offered in August to the participants of Equip 05, to be held in Winona Lake. Several SALT Clinics are planned for autumn.
A five-hour clinic on Church-Related Leadership Training continues to be available to a limited number of churches, or coalitions of churches. 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?