Workshops for Church Life and Leadership
From American Baptist Home Mission Societies. Download at www.abhms.org–free of charge. Designed for small groups, or leadership training at the congregational, associational, or regional level.
Individual lessons can be downloaded below or contact Raquel Perez at 610.768.2452 for hard copies.
General Discipleship & Christian Education
101 – THE IDENTIFICATION AND USE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS IN THE DISCIPLE-MAKING CHURCH
104 – GROWING PERSONS
107 – AMERICAN BAPTIST HERITAGE
201 – PLANNING DISCIPLESHIP FORMATION / CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
301 – CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION IN CHURCHES
There was a time when we assumed that schools, preschools, daycare centers, and churches were safe places for our children. That is no longer a safe assumption. While most adults have experienced the local church as a safe place, reports of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children have opened our eyes to real risks that children and churches face. The purpose of this workshop is to get church folk on board with the need to develop policies by focusing on:
- the types and scope of child abuse
- the epidemic of abuse in our society
- the impact of abuse in individuals, families, and congregations
- the importance of having a Child Protection Policy
- the elements of a Child Protection Policy
- generating the energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to develop a child protection policy
- how to see that policy through with training, implementation, evaluation, and revision
302 – BASICS OF TEACHING AND RELATING WITH CHILDREN
This workshop is designed to help participants explore general characteristics of children and qualities of good teaching, and to do hands-on work developing age-appropriate learning activities. It will work best with a minimum of six participants and can be used as part of teacher-training, an extended meeting of the board of Christian education, or a part of an all-church or regional leader training event or retreat. Not for teachers only, this workshop will be valuable for anyone who works with children from preschoolers through grade 5.
303 – TEACHING THE BIBLE TO CHILDREN
This workshop is designed to help people understand and apply two crucial factors in Bible education for children: 1. Children develop from young listeners, to budding readers, to new owners, and finally to investigators; and 2. Children learn biblical truths primarily through relationships.
304 - YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAITH FORMATION
Written by Certified Christian Educator Martha Bettis Gee, this two-hour single-session workshop guides participants in exploration of the ways in which faith is formed in young children with a focus on church and family as partners in early faith formation.
401 – EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP IN YOUTH MINISTRY
403 – BASICS FOR TEACHING YOUTH
404C – ENCOUNTER: COME AS YOU ARE
C405 – MTW: EQUIPPED FOR LIFE!
501 – THE JOURNEY TOWARD WISDOM
502 – BIBLE STUDY METHODS FOR GROWING DISCIPLES
503 – MAXIMIZING DISCUSSION IN ADULT SMALL GROUPS
602 – MINISTRIES WITH FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
603 — GRACIOUS PARENTING
702 – TEACHING WITH RESPECT FOR DIVERSE LEARNING STYLES
703 – TEACHING APPROACHES AND DISCIPLESHIP FORMATION
Church Leadership Studies
802 – THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE
804 – THE DEACON AS SERVANT-LEADER
807 – THE SPIRITUAL LIFE OF BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
808 – STRATEGIES TO MOVE THE SMALL CHURCH FORWARD
809 – HOSPITALITY – EXPRESSING AND EXPERIENCING GRACE
811 – DEALING WITH CONFLICT IN GROUP MEETINGS
812 – LEADERSHIP AS ENABLING
813 – CHURCH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Series Topical Studies
901C – READING THE BIBLE WITH INTEGRITY
This three-session workshop is designed to introduce participants to the history and background of the Bible, and to present basic principles of historical- critical and transformational methods of biblical interpretation.
C902 – SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES MADE EASY
- Centering Prayer (Christian Meditation)
- Lectio Divina
903C – BECOMING A DISCIPLE-MAKING COMMUNITY
Based on the premise that true Christian identity is formed through all aspects of life within authentic Christian communities, this five-session workshop explores marks and practices of authentic Christian community and leads participants to assess their churches and develop practical plans for moving more fully toward being communities that nurture true followers of Jesus. Designed for multi-week studies, weekend retreats, or week-long events (E.g. VBS). Workshop leaders will need to purchase a copy of the book Learning the Way: Reclaiming Wisdom from the Earliest Christian Communities by Cassandra Williams. (Alban, 2009). Purchasing information, including information on discounts, is included in the workshop.
904C — NATURALLY CREATING COMMUNITY
C905 — GOD, ANIMALS AND US
- Consider their understandings of and relationships with animals.
- Examine the historic place of animals in Christian theology.
- Explore biblical and theological foundations for concern for animals.
- Consider ways to align values and practices in everyday life.
910 – INTRODUCTION TO THE MISSIONAL CHURCH
920C – A MATTER OF STEWARDSHIP: ECO-JUSTICE IN BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
“A Matter of Stewardship” PowerPoint group study aid
The following PowerPoint presentations can serve as a teaching aid for groups participating in the six-session study of “A Matter of Stewardship: Eco-justice in Biblical Perspective.”