This article is provided courtesy of The Ministry Training Strategy

Training is an obvious strategy and ministry priority. It is also an enormous joy and privilege to groom young gospel workers and see them established in the field.

Yet as ministers we do not instinctively train others in ministry. Over the last half of the 20th century there has been shift toward training through the discipleship ministries, but the clergy are still in the main not effective coaches. In fact most do not even think much about this side of the ministry. Why is this? Why don’t we coach? What are the obstacles in our thinking? What shifts in our thinking need to occur? What patterns in our church and ministry inhibit the personal training of co-workers? You will see there is a close relationship between many of these ways of thinking.

This mind shift involves moving from an institutional to a personal view of gospel ministry.

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