Good training produces leaders who are confident, who understand relationship dynamics, spiritual dynamics and are capable of creating an effective group atmosphere essential for discipleship, pastoral care and evangelism.
This course is a leadership development tool. Trainees will experience personal growth, skills development and an understanding of the core issues encountered in running groups of every kind.
Good training develops leaders who are excited about leading and capable of assisting others in growing to their full potential in Christ.
This course includes teaching on the core issues involved in discipleship and restoration with many demonstrations of the small group skills involved.
The Small Group Leader and Facilitator Training Manual is essential for each trainee undertaking the course, and will be an invaluable resource for their future leadership as it includes material on skills for intervention and practical tools which can be adapted to a wide variety of small group settings.
Introduction (Valuable recruiting tool, optional for training)
The introductory session lays a theological foundation for the restorative ministry of Christ and identifies the necessary elements for restoration. The session addresses the need for trining and equipping the Body of Christ, and discusses how to establish the Lifekeys programs in your church.
Leading People into the Blessing of God
This session describes the four interrelated elements of discipleship and restoration, and explores the role of the small group leader/facilitator. It focuses on the Arena of Healing as a visual image to help identify the healing process. The session includes a small group demonstration, and discusses the stages of a group.
Core Issues in Growth
This session looks at the core issues in human struggles, why these themes recur, the origin of our core needs, the essential dynamic of learning by reflection, and the consequences of the fall of humanity. The session concludes with a small group demonstration - the 'forming' stage of the group.
Shame Guilt and the Cycle of Addiction
This session aims to identify the differences between shame and guilt, to explain the protective behaviours that can grow out of the soil of shame, and to outline the cycle of addiction and the core issues involved. It also uncovers the way people react to shaming messages and the consequences of shaming behaviours. The session concludes with a small group demonstration - closers and ending a session.
The Influence of Family
This session looks at the significance of family systems. Topics such as common causes of family dysfunction, the dynamics of family function and dysfunction, and the characteristics of a functional and dysfunctional family are all discussed in detail. The session concludes with a small group demonstration - handling group challenges.
Keys to Discipleship and Restoration
This session covers the rebuilding process and how healing comes through prayer, forgiveness, the Word of God, Spirit-inspired imagination, and breaking the power of spiritual bondage. The session concludes with a small group demonstration - how to handle prayer.
Grief and the Small Group
This session looks at the core issue of grief and the healing process, its importance to recovery, and grief recovery models. The elements of grief are explored - particularly grief responses, unhelpful and helpful responses to the grieving person, and relevance to the group process. The session concludes with a small group demonstration - learning how to manage sensitive issues.