Susan wanted to know what was she needed to teach in order to achieve her aim of changing the world by raising up people who can set up projects to improve the communities around them. Her idea was to ask for a divine download to give ideas about what subjects to cover. The download she had surprised her. It was not a list of subjects it was a list of five areas of training.
- Initiation training – This covers the basics that will help them go forwards. This includes the idea that they are accepted and loved and other basic concepts that will build a good foundation in their lives. For Christians, one basic skill that they really need to master is how to listen to the voice of God as how do you follow someone when you struggle to hear them.
- Recognition training – This covers recognising who they are and what they are capable of doing. It includes uncovering their gifts and talents. As well as that it is necessary to work out what their strengths and weaknesses are so that they can truly fulfil their potential.
- Impartation training – This includes what others have passed on to them in terms of spiritual gifts. Not just gifts though but how to use the spiritual tools (or what some people call weapons). There is a wealth of techniques and tactics that different churches use in prayer. There is a lot that can be learnt from each other hence the idea of impartation.
- Embarkation training – This includes how to set off on the journey towards building ministries and businesses. There are all sorts of practicalities that can be covered here including things like how to set up an appropriate legal structure for what you want to do. In the UK this would include setting up a charity or a limited company and looking at which of these legal structures suits what you are doing best. It also means helping people set up an embryo organisation that will grow into the type of organisation they want it to become.
- Perspiration training – This includes how to do the actual work and supporting those who are putting in the effort of building. All sorts of things here including marketing, setting up systems and other business type skills. Then there needs to be the opportunity for people in particular fields of endeavour to share best practice such as how do you be a godly teacher in a secular teaching environment.
Where do we go from here?
That is obviously a lot more than just a list of subjects. The best description seems to be dimensions. Why dimensions? It seems a strange word. Don’t training courses cover subject areas and topics? True but before they gather ideas about what to include they need to work out what they are trying to achieve. This is a list of five different areas of training required.
It is obviously a progression from novice to accomplished and is remarkably like the process that Jesus used with his disciples. He had chosen them, (initiation). He had trained them to use their gifts. (recognition). He had prepared them to receive power from on high, (impartation). One of the things Jesus told his disciples to do was to wait for power from on high. It was only after they had received that power that they could get started with their ministries. It was the experience of Pentecost that gave them a flying start, (embarkation). It was later that the perspiration dimension kicked in. Here was a structure that could undergird all the training she did.
This really was not her idea. God was showing it to her as she wrote it out for the first time. She finally had a means of describing the ideas that had been percolating for years thanks to that download of words. One thing that amazed her about this download was that after she wrote it down she kept seeing more and more things in it, things that she had not seen previously. For example, the fact that impartation is the middle of five dimensions could say something about this being at the heart of all the training offered.
This is what makes us different
There are a number of secular organisations that teach practical skills like how to set up a business or how to market a product. They did not have the impartation dimension. On the other hand, the church specialises in teaching things in the impartation dimension. Sadly it is not that common for them to be brought together in a way that makes sense. Some secular business training includes personal development which overlaps the initiation and recognition dimensions. The church is more likely to call it discipleship training.
This is a progression that can take people from being someone who is in need and can develop their sense of who they are and what they are capable of. They are then given the tools they need to work in partnership with God to achieve all that he has in mind for them to achieve. If they are designed to get a project going or set up a business they will find the embarkation essential and in due course, they will need the perspiration training to help them keep going.