Training

“Empowering Subjects does not teach a method
we can use on people;
it prepares us for a way of life with God so that
he can use us with people.”

Marvin Bryant
Overview of the Empowering Subjects Training (2:25)

The Seminar

Seminar Sessions:

Understanding the Kingdom of God. An interactive learning game and teaching that help us more fully grasp the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom was the primary theme of Jesus’ message and was proclaimed by the Christians in Acts as well. The kingdom of God is central to how Jesus changes the world.

How to Change the World like Jesus. An exploration of Matthew 9:35-38, the key passage upon which Empowering Subjects is based. Here Jesus states overtly what is needed in the face of a broken world.

The Good News of God’s Kingdom. A proclamation of the good news of God’s reign and some of its key implications.

Playing “Kingdoms in Crisis” game
Marvin Teaching about Jesus’ Resurrection
Video Samples of the seminar here

Since the seminar portion focuses primarily on helping participants grasp the kingdom of God and pledge fealty to our King, it is appropriate and beneficial for the entire congregation, regardless of whether they are currently interested in reaching out to others. The seminar, however, also provides a basis and motivation for participating in the Follow-up Training.


The Follow-up Training

The Follow-up Training is conducted locally and led by your leadership, utilizing the resources of Empowering Subjects. The Follow-up Training consists of thirteen weeks of:

  • Watching a 10 minute video that introduces the theme of the week
  • Downloading about 15 pages of material to work through. This consists of reading, Scripture, questions, reflections, prayer, and practical applications. These pages will be put into a notebook to create a manual (150+ pp.). See Contents and Samples of Training Materials.
  • Meeting with a small group of others from your congregation who are also working through the material. This is for encouragement, sharing, learning, problem solving, and prayer.
  • Additional Support Resources from Empowering Subjects include a blog, in-depth articles, and ongoing relationship and contact with Marvin.
A portion of the Curriculum page in the Empowering Subjects website.
Follow-up Materials are accessed through the Curriculum Page of the Website
Active learning takes place when someone works on the Empowering Subjects follow-up materials
Active Learning through the Follow-up Materials
People working through the Empowering Subjects follow-up material support and encourage each other through small groups
Support and Encouragement through Small Group Discussion
What You’ll Learn

In the Follow-up Training you’ll learn to change the world like Jesus. We use the SHARE acronym to remember a broader range of things Jesus did in Matthew 9:35-38.

Empowering Subjects follow-up training teaches participants to SHARE the kingdom with others. This includes Seeing people, Having compassion, Attesting to the kingdom with our deeds, Relating the kingdom with our words, and Explaining and Equipping the subjects of the kingdom.
SHARE seems appropriate in light of Matthew 10:8:
“Freely you have received; freely give.”

The Follow-up training is:

  • Voluntary. Since the Lord of the Harvest is the One who sends out workers, we do not try to compel people to participate in the training. It is for those who want to be equipped to change the world like He did. (Note: workers refers to anyone who does what Jesus did, not just full-time church workers.)
  • Substantial. This is in keeping with the importance of the mission and the power of the Enemy. If we were to dumb it down, we would not be doing you a favor.
  • Rewarding. The sacrifices made for training or service will yield the blessing and fulfillment of being a useful tool for our Master.
Jesus said we find life by losing it for him and others.

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Why Host the Empowering Subjects Outreach Training?

Why Should We Address Outreach with our Churches? (3:46)
Why address Outreach through a Seminar? (3:38)
Why Host the Empowering Subjects Seminar (5:35)

NOTE: “Outreach” includes doing good deeds for people (service), telling good news to people (evangelism), and giving good teaching to those who response (discipleship).

Notable Features of Empowering Subjects

  • Opportunity
  • Biblical
  • God-dependent
  • Christ-centered
  • Balance
  • Personal
  • Choice
  • Substantial
  • Variety
  • Practical
  • Growth-oriented
  • Authentic

Specialized training

In addition to the basic training described above, additional equipping can be tailored to your group or church. A joint discussion and evaluation of your situation and people can help identify specific needs. Some examples are additional in-depth teaching on a particular area, distance or in-person mentoring with group leaders or church leaders, or periodic refresh/refocus weekends.


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