Our method of training leaders was developed by Presbyterian Missionaries in Guatemala in the 1960's. Among them were Ralph Winters, Ross Kinsler and James Emery, men who have impacted the Kingdom of God around the world. At the time they were seminary professors trying to fill a leadership gap in the Guatemalan churches. They developed a program that effectively trained leaders who could not attend their seminary.
Their three-step method brought dynamic results. Within ten years, it was being used by 128 training institutions in 57 nations. Today it is used throughout the world to train leaders who otherwise would not receive training for one of the following reasons: (1) They do not qualify academically for higher education, (2) They cannot afford higher education, or (3) They cannot leave home to attend a resident school.
The Christian Leadership Training Institute uses this method to train even those who cannot read and write. Home Study materials are available in English, in French and in audio format in some Ghanaian languages. Read more about this three-step method below.
(1) Programmed Home-Study Materials
Students must be able to learn without a teacher. Ordinary text books and workbooks are not that effective. However, a special format developed for correspondence courses called programmed instructionenables a student to learn without a teacher. This method has been used effectively in the secular world for many decades. The programmed instruction format enables a student to clearly understand important information without a teacher being present.
Training courses are developed around topics or books of the Bible. The courses deal with real issues that have to be dealt with in the day-to-day life of a Christian leader. The materials for each course are divided into daily lessons and weekly topics. A course normally takes 12 weeks to complete. All home-study lessons are in programmed instruction format.
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The most important part of this T.E.E. method is the weekly discussion session. So, keep reading!
(2) Dynamic Weekly Discussions
Christian leaders within a congregation or a community are organized into a discussion group. The group can be no larger than twelve. The group meets once a week. The group meets at a time and location most convenient to the participants. Participants study the same home-study materials. A trained group leader gives them a quiz over the assigned lessons and guides them in open discussion. The group leader does not teach. He uses questions to stimulate discussion and guide it to practical applications.
The weekly discussion sessions enable participants to understand the application of information they learn in their home-study materials. The weekly sessions encourage participants to work together as a team. Together they find practical solutions to problems that challenge their leadership. They encourage each other to be stronger leaders. The home-study materials give the participants Bible knowledge, but the weekly discussion sessions produce leadership decisions.
(3) Practical Assignments
The group leader asks participants to take action on their decisions. He gives them a time period to take the action and bring reports. The group evaluates the reports and looks for the best way to meet leadership challenges. Participants develop leadership skills through practical application. The home-study materials develop Bible knowledge, but the weekly discussion sessions and the practical assignments develop active leadership for building the Lord's Kingdom.
Advantages of the T.E.E. method:
(1) Student does not have to leave his home, family or employment.
(2) The church does not lose its leaders for months or years while they study.
(3) The student immediately uses what he learns and he understands the value of what he is studying because he is still leading the church.
(4) The church grows because the leadership of the church becomes more effective in meeting the needs of its members and in evangelism.
(5) There is no large amount of money spent by the student, the church or the mission on housing, classroom facilities, higher education fees, etc.
(6) Some students discover that God is calling them to do full-time work in His Kingdom. Occasionally a qualified student will be sent by his church or region for higher education at a Bible College.