I spent last week with seven amazing women. Out of the comfort zone for some. Daring to risk for Him. Daring to boldness in taking the opportunity. Daring to trust for the finances. Daring to be more fully His.
The setting…a home with a view of Pike’s Peak. The hosts shared their large home with us. We were together 24-7! Really. We shared rooms, meals and ourselves. The trainers were experienced and well prepared.
Daily we sat around the ping pong table and learned, shared and discussed. Our breakout times were intense with unity in Christ. We were transparent, sharing our lives authentically.
At the old age of almost 60 what was I doing at training on how to lead and teach Bible studies. I want to do it better. Be more effective in ministering to women as we explore and study His Word together.
I am a lifelong learner. I love to teach especially from the Bible. Should I tell you how many studies I have attended, lead? How many went well? Instead, I share the first time I lead a Precepts study.
It was in Hong Kong eons ago.
I literally had to move to the other side of the globe to attend PUP leader training. It was the Precepts team’s first trip too. In the end, I was the only attendee who had taken a PUP course. Some women came to me at my home and asked me to lead a group; to teach them. Laughable. And somehow I felt it was an opportunity to not be missed.
Picture this, all were older. Over half were missionaries. All were hungry. Some tired. They wanted to be feed instead of feeding so much evidently they were will to sit through my some what feeble attempts and incompetence. The newer believers did not know any better. We answered every question as we moved around the circle.
A testimony to God’s Word not going out void inspite of us.
Now looking back, I see their investment in me and encouragement. Am I as gracious today? I do hope so. Yet, putting young women in such a situation is risky. It could kill a desire. It could be devastating. Jesus spent 3 years training His guys. Could there be a clue in that?
Practice has improved my teaching effectiveness. I do pretty well. This seems to be my next step in life.
I have always wanted and have tried to help other women be better prepared to share, teach, lead and facilitate small group studies.
ENTRUST training has given me more skills & tools & a plan to do this.
And I can’t wait to see when and where God will give me opportunities to train others! A seminar, a training class, a word here and there?
I have never been a fan of reinventing the wheel if there is something out there that does the same thing. I am not above combining, twittering with or tweaking either.
Knowing this type of training is needed for our churches, for our sent ones (missionaries), finding a “program” that is transferable seemed daunting. The how to discussions with our women’s ministry director and my husband was a start. Then I was asked to attend this. I went almost blind as to what I was going to.
No matter; it was WORTH IT!
women daring for God
The training involved a day of travel there and one back, 8 days of training, homework before and on site (lots of it! and it did include a topical study book, Entrust’s Walking with Christ). I put in hours of preparation weeks before attending.
Included was planning for sharing and implementing when we go back. That forced us to process and think, “How will this work in my situation, how to present a plan to the leaders and how to implement.” Wow! How valuable is that? One woman was a professional consultant in team building for big corporations, another shared the plan her church uses. Divine appointment were going on…all week! Their input was invaluable. We all added and shared. Iron sharpening.
Combining this with some of my life experiences and other training, I hope will provide a start for an ongoing process others can take and use in ministry with great effectiveness as we share the good news of Jesus Christ, disciple and teach others.
Daring to do some implementing myself and
asking others to join me!