The nature and goal of training can be very usefully summarized by three Cs. Through personal relationship, prayer, teaching, modelling and practical instruction, we want to see people grow in:
- conviction - their knowledge of God and understanding of the Bible
- character - the godly charactter and life that accords with sound doctrine
- competency - the ability to prayerfully speak God's word to others in a variety of ways.
(p. 78, Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, The Trellis and the Vine)
I like that a lot.
The Trellis and the Vine is a good book. Not quite deserving of the fame it is getting in the States, but with a simple but powerful message nevertheless. Basically, it is a call to 121 (and small, not home, group) ministry from the top down. The reason being that salvation by speaking the word, not maintenance of structures and programs, is the goal of the church.
Mark Dever's endorsement catches it well: