Perhaps foremost is Pastor Tae’s ability to mobilize potential leaders within the church first by helping them identify their unique competencies, second by aiding them in finding a need that matches well with their gifts and abilities, and third by equipping them with the knowledge and training necessary to lead that ministry. He does so with patience and compassion, ministering unto those that he is developing for leadership. As an elder, I personally have benefited from Pastor Tae’s ministry. He has provided us a biblical understanding of what it means to be an elder through an excellent in-depth training program that he himself has put together. Elder / Dr. Peter Hill, Professor at BIOLA University, La Mirada, CA. More References
Leadership is where it starts and ends. This is God’s design for the church and family. In fact, this page is a presentation of His great purpose for the church. Our goal then is to understand it and then apply it. The following instructions can be presented in at least two obvious contexts, seminars and consulting. There are also more creative ways to get the job done, such as men’s events dedicated to leadership training. CONTACT PT
Training Series: For All Leaders – The Organization of the Church
The early church leaders described the church in its two broadest dimensions: organism and organization. The organism of the church is the spiritual life of the church. Its deals with vitality issues such as prayer, personal growth, and fellowship. Scripture is filled with full-of-life images such as the body of Christ, branches to a vine, and fruits of the Spirit. This vital and important dimension is NOT the focus of these lessons. Though extremely important, the leadership lessons here focus on the other “o”: organization. The organization of the church is the structure and government of the church. It outlines how this vibrant and living body can be formalized into an institution that will serve God. Scripture is full of evidence of how the church should be organized. The sheer presence leaders and specific job descriptions for them make it clear that God has a palpable plan for his people. This plan will be the focus of these lessons. Topics covered will be: principles of leadership, forms of government, the specific tasks of leaders, the doctrinal duty of church government, etc.
Training Series: For All Leaders – Principles of Volunteer Recruitment and Development
One of the greatest challenges to leadership is the recruiting and mobilization of volunteers. Such volunteers seem to be few and far between as a mere 20% of the people do all the work while 80% stand around and watch. Actually, the situation is quite complicated as there are many psychological and spiritual factors at play. Understanding these factors is important simply because we are talking about people. People have attitudes, perspectives and feelings…and are sensitive. Understanding these complexities, showing sensitivity and respect to the individual will be important.
Training Series: For the Elders
The abundance of biblical material for church elder-ship makes this teaching to be the most difficult to accomplish schedule-wise. The commitment in my church, for example, is a three year (probably four) schedule of meeting once a month for two hours each. This commitment also involves a decision to study the Bible at a very deep level, making this endeavor quite a drawn out process. Along the way, there is “homework” (“ministry assignments”) given as a way to apply the lessons learned. The other variable at play is the actual ministry situation. As ministry situations arise, it is critical that these situations and issues are raised in the training meetings, thus further destroying the schedule. [Photo: Actual elders training led by PT at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Orange, CA 2006]
Training Series: Diaconal Ministry
Much like the situation with elders training, scheduling is a church-specific matter as each church must work within its own challenges and responsibilities. Like the training for elders, this commitment also involves a decision to study the Bible at a very deep level, making this endeavor quite a drawn out process. Along the way, there is “homework” (“ministry assignments”) given as a way to apply the lessons learned. The other variable at play is the actual ministry situation. As ministry situations arise, it is critical that these situations and issues are raised in the training meetings, thus further destroying the schedule.
Training Series: Small Group Leaders Training
Real life ministry teaching specific areas of small group development and sanctification issues (personal growth challenges). The goal here is the equip the leader with a clear strategy for spiritual growth so that he/she can monitor and help in the personal growth of the group members. In this sense, the counseling skill of leaders will be developed. Practical resources in specific areas of growth will be presented. There will also be an emphasis on growing the group for the purpose of splitting the group. This will involve raising new leaders within the group so that they can split off and create a new small group.
Training Series: Marriage Workshop Leaders Training
The entire marriage curriculum created by PT is taught to the leaders with the goal of having them create small groups where they can teach these principles.
Training Series: Family / Parenting Workshop Leaders Training
The entire family / parenting curriculum is taught to the leaders with the goal of having them create small groups where they can teach these principles.