Amidst Dr. Seussian sculpted trees, elephant fountains, orchid gardens and rich Thai hospitality, 20 women representing 12 nations came together for 10 days of rest, worship and lack of rest. Say what? While the setting was exquisitely peaceful, the ladies worked hard. It was an intensive women’s ministry training offered by Entrust partner Equipping Women International.
The women, each in full-time ministry, completed at least 50 hours of pre-study prior to coming to Thailand, then spent another 50 hours of classroom time, some in Facilitating Relational Learning, some in Developing a Discerning Heart and some in Discovery Bible Study. “God truly was in the middle of us,” reflects coordinator Debbie Lamp, “working his good into every one of our lives.”
For information about next year’s training in Thailand, visit www.entrust4.org/ThaiHub.
Rachel Wilson serves with SIM in Ethiopia and has taken three Entrust modules, including Discovery Bible Study (DBS) which I co-facilitated at our training hub in Switzerland in March. She and I re-connected at the wedding of an SIM staff member this past July. At our table, we were surrounded by SIM staff.
It was a thrill to hear Rachel, second-generation Entrust learner, tell the women at the table about Facilitating Relational Learning, Developing a Discerning Heart and DBS. The best part was her describing how she’s passing along what she’s learned with other women, including nationals in Ethiopia and women in the States. An SIM worker who served in Nigeria for many years was excited to hear about the training and asked for more information. God continues to widen the opportunities for Entrust across the world thanks to participants like Rachel who are “multiplying.” – Trish Barrett, Entrust facilitator and Mid-Atlantic hub coordinator
Bonding through quilts and frogs … in Switzerland.
We always enjoy a day off during our intensive Women-to-Women Ministry Training (WWMT) trainings in Switzerland. This year the participants and facilitators spent a lovely spring day in Basel. One of the participants in Discovery Bible Study (DBS), Ann, is a quilter and wanted to find a quilt shop in a suburb. I decided to go with her even though I am not a quilter.
Ann is an introvert and was ready to explore Basel and the quilt shop on her own. All she felt she needed was a map and her sense of adventure. However, she was willing to have someone join her on this expedition. I tend to be more task-oriented and often forget to make room for the Holy Spirit, so I wouldn’t normally have seen a reason to go with Ann. But, I’m glad I went.
God used that day of walking, talking, eating lunch in a beautiful quiet park, discovering a sign we could not begin to understand (Frog Crossing?) and just spending time together, to help us get to know each other better. God stretched Ann out of her normal mode of aloneness and reminded me of the importance of listening to the Lord.
–Trish Barrett, WWMT facilitator
“Imagine that you, as an archaeology student, travel to the site of an ancient city. Your assignment is to find artifacts that would reveal the history of the city and its people. Would you know what to look for? You might look for weeks and find very little. If, however, an archaeologist showed you what to look for, you probably would have much greater success.
“The same is true about Bible study. You might spend a lot of time looking around in the Bible and yet get very little out of it. Do you know what to look for?”*
Let Entrust’s in-depth training module, Discovery Bible Study (DBS), help you. Sharpen your Bible excavation tools with us. Learn to dig deep on your own and how God uses others in your discovery process. Consider attending an Entrust training intensive overseas (Latvia, Thailand, Switzerland anybody?) or in the U.S. New training dates coming soon. Learn more now at www.entrust4.org/curriculum and feel free to pass it on to international friends who may be interested.
*excerpt from Discovery Bible Study, ©1997, Entrust.
The Bible can seem pretty daunting. It’s a thick book full of individual books, filled with concepts straight from God for you. Bu how to go about reading and grasping those concepts? One idea is to learn how to do inductive Bible study.
Entrust’s Discovery Bible Study (DBS) helps you learn how to dig into the Bible, to really learn and understand what God is saying.
In DBS, “you will strengthen your own ability to feed yourself from God’s Word, as well as your ability to use the Scriptures correctly to teach, counsel, and lead others … You will learn to interpret a passage within its context and to see the larger picture that results when you carefully compare Scripture with Scripture. Ultimately, that will produce sound teaching and ministry that is solidly anchored in God’s Word.”
Good things can always get better, right? We’ve listened to participants, consulted with editors and even put graphic designers to work, to revise and improve two of our foundational training courses.
Discovery Bible Study helps you learn effective, practical Bible study methods with the goal of enriching your personal devotional times, leading small group discussions and preparing Bible lessons and messages.
Facilitator Training is an interactive teaching method building on the best practices in adult learning. Adults need to make meaning out of life’s experiences. This course equips you to facilitate transformative learning in small group settings.
Learn more about our curriculum.