Teaching and Training for the Head, Heart and Hands
“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2
In keeping with Paul’s instruction in 2 Timothy 2:2, GTN staff members build relationships with key multiplying indigenous leaders, who then take on the long-term responsibility of training the next generation of church planters, pastors and leaders.
Through intensive, on-site training seminars, Global Training Network staff members serve Majority World pastors by providing teaching and training in essential Christian doctrine, vital Christian character, and practical ministry skills.
GTN training – led by GTN staff who are not only well-educated but seasoned by 20 to 30 years of front-line pastoral ministry – is designed to convey God’s truth to the mind, strengthen the heart, and empower the hands of each pastor:
HEAD – the major doctrines of the Christian faith: Doctrine of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Scripture, Salvation, the Church, man, sin and future things. It also includes teaching on hermeneutics (how to correctly interpret Scripture) and how to study the Bible for yourself.
HEART – the character of a Christian leader: growing in Christlikeness, personal integrity, family relationships, devotional life – all of the character qualities expected of pastors and elders that are listed in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
HANDS – the skills and abilities that pastors and Christian leaders need to develop in order to be effective in carrying out their calling: preaching, teaching, counseling, leadership and evangelism.
GTN staff members do more than simply impart content. To weary pastors and church leaders – and their spouses – GTN staff seek to bring spiritual refreshment and encouragement.
As requested by national leaders, GTN staff schedule quarterly training sessions to encourage continued growth in competency and character. GTN’s goal, however, is to “work itself out of a job”: when enough pastors and leaders are trained, the frequency of GTN’s training efforts can be reduced, and new areas opened.