A healthy church has a preaching and teaching culture that creates a Training Environment. This leads to a mentality that seeks to train people in Truth.
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What is a Training Environment?
We can define a Training Environment as one with a preaching and teaching ministry focusing on ‘communicating biblical truth through teaching and training to see transformation’. This covers the role of teaching and preaching, both in larger corporate settings and additional classes, courses, and workshops, as well as training that seeks to equip people with practical tools and skills. It is focused on creating a culture that ensures people grow in their knowledge, understanding, application and passion for the scriptures, and implementation and “doing the stuff”.
Why is a Training Environment important?
It brings right understanding and application of the scriptures to help the church spiritually mature.
What does a healthy Training Environment bring to a church?
- A Training Environment conveys the scriptural weight of the apostolic focus.
- A Training Environment supports the prophetic by bringing biblical weight to revelation.
- A Training Environment unpacks the depth of the gospel.
- A Training Environment equips the pastors with truths needed in their role.
What happens if a Training Environment is lacking?
A church with an unhealthy training environment that fails to equip people will become a teaching and preaching centre, pulpit-focused and doctrine-centred. There will be a strength in theology but a weakness in practice, which can foster theological pride and legalism. Alternatively, a weak training environment that neglects consistent doctrine and preaching the ‘whole counsel of God’ revealed through all of scripture will result in a church that becomes a place of experientialism, or one potentially vulnerable to faddish or deceptive doctrines.
What helps develop a Training Environment?
- Sermon series unpacking themes, preaching the whole counsel of God.
- Practical teaching that focuses on life in the Spirit.
- Accessible preaching that is clear and engaging.
- Practical training workshops, classes and courses available to complement Sunday sermons.
- Teaching that isn’t academic in presentation or content, yet still carries depth.
- The influence of at least one fivefold teacher
How healthy is the Training Environment of your church?
Is it training people, as in, equipping them not just with knowledge but also practical application as well?
Is it an environment, as in, a normal part of church life and experience as opposed to a minor focus?
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