Giddy with excitement. That’s how Entrust’s Amber Simpson describes her emotions as she reflects on what God is doing through Messiah Community Church in Reisterstown, Maryland. One woman from the church experienced Entrust’s foundational small group shepherding course, Facilitating Relational Learning. Enthused by what she’d learned, she shared it with her church. Several church leaders then took a 6-hour version of the FRL training.
Pastor Hairston reported, “Facilitating small groups is a core competency in ministry. I assumed that this skill came naturally. That assumption was false.” Convinced of the value of this ministry skill training, the leaders now intend to complete the full FRL course to grow in this competency and pass it on. Which is what Entrust is all about.
Melissa Myers directs a large women’s ministries program in North Carolina. Despite high numbers of women involved, “I had a sense in my spirit we were not experiencing the type of life-changing fruit I knew could come from spending time in God’s word,” she writes. Find out what changed that!
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
“Mother, mother, see Spot! See Spot run!” “The eensy-weensy spider …” ABC. One two three. Red yellow blue.
Kid stuff. Outdated approaches. Not the way any of us seek to help adults learn new concepts in the new millennium. But guess what. Much of our effort to help adults learn new concepts in the new millennium is not terribly effective. Lecture. Sermon. Talking. Textbooks. Fill-in-the-blank studies.
Entrust takes adult learning super seriously. How do adults learn? What approaches lead to real life change? Our global team shares insights and stories sure to impact your work and ministry, in the autumn edition of Engage. Watch for a link here on Sept. 19.
“Learning to ask effective questions is much like bringing a camera lens into focus — it makes Scriptures sharp and clear.” – Kim Huffman, first-time FRL (Facilitating Relational Learning) participant, Colorado, June 2017.
Entrust’s FRL training module features heavy emphasis on the art and value of excellent question-asking on the part of a small group leader. We offer FRL at centralized hubs worldwide and can arrange local trainings by request and as our schedules allow. Find out more at www.entrust4.org/wwmtmodules. (Don’t let the word “women” on that page throw you off. We offer this training for men and co-ed groups, too!)