We recently organized and hosted a leadership training program to give skills training to those that needed it most, so that they could get better work. This was a collaboration between our ministry and another in the area, and we covered a wide variety of topics. These included:
- Discipleship development (based on Paul’s strategy)
- Small groups and their importance in leadership development
- Storytelling in an engaging and interesting way
- Church-based community transformation
- The importance of holistic ministry
- Understanding rural communities
- Empowerment and community organization
- Transformation groups and their impact on churches and communities
- Other community based interventions – Young Girls Group, Garden, Children’s Community Center, etc.
After the ‘classroom’ portion of the leadership training program, participants were then given practical exposure to the topics they had covered. They were able to interact with Transformation Group members and other community leaders, and get a first-hand look into how these projects were organized and led. Later they were also able to visit the tailoring unit, where many of our practical skills training students are able to work. Other units include making dishwashing powder, soaps and oils, and candles.
The feedback we received from the participants in this leadership training was overwhelmingly positive. A highlight was the opportunity to see the fruits of the labor of the transformation group leaders. They are also very excited about returning home to their own communities and small groups and getting the chance to implement all that they learned here. Many of the ideas and strategies were brand new to them, and much more efficient and effective than what they had been doing on their own. They now recognize the need for holistic ministry, as that was a major focus of the training.
These participants also had the chance, before they left, to develop action plans for how they were going to implement what they had learned when they returned home. These included:
- Implementing these new lessons in the already functioning small groups
- Forming new groups based on the how these are received in current groups
- Start small groups specifically for identified leaders and equip them to form their own groups
- Begin a children’s center