“Empowering Subjects does not teach a methodMarvin Bryant
we can use on people;
it prepares us for a way of life with God so that
he can use us with people.”
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.
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.
Video Samples of the seminar here
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.
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.
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.
Other Notable Features of Empowering Subjects
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Why Host the Empowering Subjects Outreach Training?
NOTE: “Outreach” here includes doing good deeds for people (service), telling good news to people (evangelism), and giving good teaching to those who response (discipleship).
In addition to the basic training described above, additional equipping can be tailored to your group or church. A discussion and evaluation of your situation and people can help identify specific needs. Some examples are additional in-depth teaching on a particular area, how to set up and conduct a group outreach Bible study, or periodic refresh/refocus weekends.
Do you have concerns?
- If you are concerned about whether your members would participate in Empowering Subjects, remember, the Lord sends out the workers, so we are happy to work with whoever and however many people end up participating. Don’t underestimate the power of challenging people to step up instead of taking a laid back approach. In addition, the rich material on the Kingdom of God presented in the seminar portion of Empowering Subjects may motivate some additional people to participate in the follow-up training. Regardless, having even a few equipped workers is far better than having none.
- If you are concerned about whether people will be expected to reach out to others in old, confrontational, or unnatural ways, recognize that the Lord can give us opportunities to reach out meaningfully and appropriately. We are not limited to old school ways of doing so.
- If you are concerned about whether the follow-up training will expect a considerable amount of work, then know that yes, it will! The follow-up training is substantial because the stakes are so high, the enemy is so powerful, and most of us are not fit for work in a harvest field. Besides, we regularly work hard for other matters that are not as valuable as the pearl of great price. Jesus didn’t lower the bar of discipleship or training. Neither should we.
- If you are concerned about whether Empowering Subjects will change anything, then remember, we need to do what’s right regardless of results (cf. Ecclesiastes 11:4). It is the Lord who gives the increase, anyway, not only in outreach but also in training for outreach. Still, I am thoroughly convinced that good material + God’s work + open-hearted members will affect people significantly and lead them to be the workers Jesus said are needed. We need to do our part, pray, and rely on God to work.
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