- Training Centers serve as a catalyst for fulfilling the Great Commission. They activate and energize disciple making by providing a simple two-step strategy, proven tools, and encouraging coaching.
- Training Centers pair experienced disciple-makers with budding disciple-makers. Experienced disciple makers are those who have made disciples. Budding disciple-makers are those who demonstrate the desire and readiness to make disciples.
- Training Centers are led by laity or church staff. Leadership is not limited to those in full time ministry.
- Training Centers serve the city in which they are located. They meet in the home of the leader or a person attending the Training Center.
- Training Centers are an independent ministry of GreatCommission.com, and are therefore not anchored to a specific church. People from various churches may attend any given Training Center.
- Training Center meetings initially occur weekly until everyone is fully trained, then transition to meet every so often for coaching and encouragement.
- Training Centers focus on the tools listed in the Two Step strategy. Leaders may benefit from looking at Tool Box for training ideas.
- Training Center leaders are invited to attend coaching meetings composed of leaders from the surrounding region. These meetings focus on encouraging and equipping; it's a time gathered around a meal for fellowship, sharing God stories, asking questions, offering ideas, and praying for one another. Think of them as midair refueling; vital to carrying out the mission of disciple-making.
- Review the Two-Step strategy. Become familiar with the tools. They serve as the format and content for the training.
- Identify potential disciple-makers. Create a list of people you know who have the potential to reproduce. Those who demonstrate the desire and readiness to make disciples. Don't limit yourself to those in your church. Think of anyone you know.
- Invite them to be trained. A prayerful, personal invitation is much more effective than a public announcement.
- Choose a location and begin. Use the Two-Step resources.
- Contact us for information about the next coaching meeting.
- Attend the coaching meetings. They are essential for ongoing encouragement and further equipping. They are for you, not your disciples.
- Coaching meetings take on a vertical, horizontal, vertical format. We share what God has been saying to use from his word (vertical), what God has been doing through the work (horizontal) and what we're asking God for in prayer (vertical).
- Dream. Imagine your disciples eventually becoming training centers and you becoming their coaching center. Now imagine them becoming coaching centers, and their disciples becoming training centers. The expansion is limitless!