Looking for a good plan for training your ministry leaders and workers?
Many churches wrestle with this issue. After all, training takes time and our volunteers are already giving a lot, just to serve in their various assignments. How do you add training events and additional work to their already over-taxed schedules?
Imagine a training plan that doesn’t require three hours on a Saturday morning or traveling to a series of conferences. Now, those efforts are available and should be engaged at every opportunity, but there is another way to get people ready to serve competently and effectively in your church’s ministries.
Many pastors find great success equipping leaders WHILE they’re doing ministry. Here’s the four step approach:
- “Come watch me do it”
- “Come do it with me”
- “I’ll watch you do it”
- “Now you can do it without me”
STEP 1: Model – “Come watch me do it”
The process begins with the mentor doing the tasks while the mentee watches. Be sure to give the mentee the opportunity to see the whole process. Too often the mentor begins in the middle of the task and confuses the mentee. Your effort to help the mentee see the task performed correctly and completely, demonstrates the process to imitate.
Imagine that you’re wanting someone to help you with hospital visitation. So, here they tag along a few times to watch how you care for people in such crises. They learn your priorities and see how you handle yourself in the hospital room. They watch the steps you follow and add their supportive smile to your encouraging words to the sufferer.
STEP 2: Mentor – “Come do it with me”
During this next step, the mentor will continue to perform, the task, but this time the mentee also comes alongside and assists the process. Take time to explain not only the how but also the why of each step. There should be a lot of communication happening at this stage.
Now, you begin to share some of the tasks in that hospital room. Maybe your mentee will pray or read a Scripture. At this stage, just be a team. Over the course of a few such experiences, be sure your mentee gets to lead each part of the experience and then discuss their efforts after you leave.
STEP 3: Monitor – “I’ll watch you do it”
At this point, the mentor and mentee exchange places. The mentee performs the task and the mentor will assist and correct. It is especially important during this phase to be positive and encouraging to the mentee. It will help the mentee to keep on trying and wanting to improve rather than give up. Work together to develop consistency. Once the mentee understands the process, have him/her explain it to the mentor. The explanation will reinforce the process in the mentee’s memory.
Now, you allow the mentee to carry the full load, maybe explaining to the patient that you’re training this individual to help you in this area of ministry. Sure, the mentor will offer a few words of encouragement to the patient, but the real ministry steps are to be done by the mentee.
STEP 4: Motivate – “Now you can do it without me”
At this point, the mentor will step out of the task and relinquish the responsibility to the mentee. The assignment of the mentor is to make sure the mentee has the knowledge to do the task and the encouragement to continue to improve. It is important for the mentor to stay with the mentee until success is realized. This will motivate the mentee to make improvements to the process.
Now, you don’t actually abandon the mentee to his new ministry, but as a good mentor, you continue to encourage and check-up on how this individual is doing in the ministry effort.
With this simple training process, you can equip people for ministry and show them how to equip others in the same way. So, rather than requiring additional events to provide needed training, you are achieving that goal while you do what you’re already doing.
Stop doing ministry alone, Pastor. Realize that nearly every moment of your day offers a chance to train someone to effectively minister to others.