Our Development Philosophy
When delivering each course, we consider two development frameworks that are contained in the following Scriptures
2 Timothy 2:2 "And the things (Revelation) that you have heard from me among many witnesses (Teaching) , commit (Mentoring) these to faithful men who will be able to teach others (Coaching) also."
2 Peter 1:5-8 "But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. "
Wayne Back speaking in Melbourne, Australia on "Drawing near to God"
- Revelation : What is the breadth of revelation the participants should be seeking and what are the avenues to that revelation?
- Teaching – We include the four key building blocks to fruitfulness represented in the passage from second Peter above
- Faith – Our sessions are solidly based in Scripture. We also include our revelation and perspectives on the Scriptures and subject matter
- Virtue - Today’s term for this is “value add”. This is a consideration of how that faith will help the participant. We consider how we communicate revelation or teaching in a way that is helpful to the participants. We call this the “so what?” question. So what does this revelation mean for the way we live our lives?
- Knowledge – This is everything else written or done on the subject. We ensure that this is not our foundation, but we consider key books including commentaries, books by experts, theological texts etc. We rely on the Holy Spirit to highlight what of this is important, realising that we do not have time to cover everything. We are aware that our knowledge and experience may have key areas of lack and so we rely on others to fill in the gaps.
- Fruits of the Spirit – Those mentioned here are self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. This is a communication, often through stories (ours and others) of what is necessary to translate our teaching into reality. We will often use videos of people who are living testimonies of our teaching.
- Mentoring – We consider what internal changes are necessary for the participant. We encourage and help people to find mentors to help with these changes. We help people to see the types of mentors they can consider. They will probably already have these people in their life, and is often a matter of simply asking.
- Coaching – We consider what skills the participants need to develop. We help people to identify and approach coaches. Coaches are often helpful for specific tasks.
- Doing – We help the participants to integrate the teaching into their daily life. To apply it to family, work, church and other scenarios. We give examples of what this might look like.