American Baptist Home Mission Societies' Workshops for Church Life and Leadership

Formerly Training Time Workshops
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  • NM 101 - THE IDENTIFICATION AND USE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS IN THE DISCIPLE-MAKING CHURCH (216KB PDF)

    The purpose of this workshop is to engage participants in a process of discernment and use of spiritual gifts in the church. This process includes understanding that all Christians are uniquely gifted by God for service in the church and in the world; that gifts and call go together; and that when individuals are encouraged to serve in the area of their giftedness, it can contribute significantly to the growth of healthy churches and healthy, growing disciples of Christ.

  • NM 101E - IDENTIFICACIÓN Y USO DE LOS DONES ESPIRITUALES EN UNA IGLESIA DISCIPULADORA (216KB PDF)

    El propósito de este taller es involucrar a los participantes en un proceso de discernimiento y uso de los dones espirituales en la iglesia. Este proceso incluye el entendimiento de que todos los cristianos y cristianas han sido dotados por Dios de manera individual para servir en la iglesia y en el mundo; de que los dones y el llamado van juntos; y que cuando las personas se animan a servir en el área para la que tienen dones, contribuyen significativamente al crecimiento de iglesias y discípulos saludables.

  • NM 101F - L’IDENTIFICATION ET L’EMPLOI DES DONS SPIRITUELS DANS L’EGLISE ORIENTEE À FAIRE DES DISCIPLES (197KB PDF)

    Le but de cet atelier c’est d’introduire les participants dans un processus de discernement et d’emploi des dons spirituels dan l’église.

  • NM 104 - GROWING PERSONS (160KB PDF)

    To communicate the gospel more effectively, leaders need to be aware of the ways they and other people grow and develop throughout all of life. Participants in this workshop will be helped to reflect on their own faith experiences at various ages, understand the role of struggles in the development of faith, consider different styles of faith drawn from the work of John H. Westerhoff III, and identify implications for churches that wish to nurture healthy faith development.

  • NM 104E - CRECIENDO COMO PERSONAS (158KB PDF)

    Para comunicar el evangelio de manera m·s efectiva, las y los lÌderes necesitan ser conscientes de las maneras en las que ellos, ellas y los dem·s crecen y se desarrollan a travÈs de toda su vida. En este taller se ayudar· a los participantes a reflexionar sobre sus propias experiencias de fe en sus diferentes etapas; a entender el papel de las luchas en el desarrollo de la fe; a considerar diversos estilos de fe delineados en base al trabajo de John H. Westerhoff III, autor de Will Our Childlren Have Faith? (øTendr·n fe nuestros niÒos?, publicado en inglÈs) e identificar lo que esto implica para las iglesias que quieren consolidar el desarrollo saludable de la fe.
    Copyright 2010

  • NM 107 - AMERICAN BAPTIST HERITAGE (170KB PDF)

    This workshop introduces participants to dimensions of American Baptist heritage: history, key figures, and emphases; and invites groups to consider ways in which this heritage can shape contemporary church life and ministry.

    The following handouts are integral to this workshop. We are providing them as seperate downloadable files because of their large size.

    Louise Fleming (2.3 MB JPG)
    Helen Barrett Montgomery (1.8 MB JPG)
    Isabel Crawford (1.7 MB JPG)
    John Clarke (2.1 MB JPG)
    John Smyth and Thomas Helwys (2.0 MB JPG)
    Adoniram Judson (1.6 MB JPG)
  • NM 107E - LA HERENCIA DE LOS BAUTISTAS AMERICANOS (161KB PDF)

    Este taller puede ser usado regionalmente o en grupos, involucrando a participantes de diferentes iglesias. Este taller también podría ser usado por la congregación local que quiera explorar las dimensiones de nuestra Herencia Bautista Americana.

    Los siguientes folletos son esenciales para este taller. Los estamos proporcionando en un folder separado para descargar debido al tamaño del archivo.

    Louise Fleming (2.1 MB JPG)
    Helen Barrett Montgomery (2.0 MB JPG)
    Isabel Crawford (1.7 MB JPG)
    John Clarke (2.1 MB JPG)
    John Smyth and Thomas Helwys (1.8 MB JPG)
    Adoniram Judson (1.7 MB JPG)
  • NM 201 - PLANNING DISCIPLESHIP FORMATION / CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (66KB PDF)

    This workshop is designed to help participants plan for a more effective and comprehensive discipleship-formation/Christian Education program in their churches.

  • NM 201 - KAREN - PLANNING DISCIPLESHIP FORMATION-CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (344KB PDF)

    Karen translation of a workshop designed to help participates plan for a more effective and comprehensive discipleship-formation/Christian Education program in their chruches.

    Copyright - Karen Translation (32KB PDF)

  • NM 301 - CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION IN CHURCHES ( 233KB PDF)

    There was a time when we assumed that schools, preschools, daycare centers, and churches were safe places for our children. That is no longer a safe assumption. While most adults have experienced the local church as a safe place, reports of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children have opened our eyes to real risks that children and churches face. The purpose of this workshop is to get church folk on board with the need to develop policies by focusing on:

    • the types and scope of child abuse
    • the epidemic of abuse in our society
    • the impact of abuse in individuals, families, and congregations
    • the importance of having a Child Protection Policy
    • the elements of a Child Protection Policy
    • generating the energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to develop a child protection policy
    • how to see that policy through with training, implementation, evaluation, and revision

  • NM 301E - PREVENCI”N DEL ABUSO DE NI—OS Y NI—AS EN LAS IGLESIAS (209KB PDF)

    Hubo una Època en la que asumÌamos que las escuelas, centros preescolares, guarderÌas e iglesias eran lugares seguros para nuestra niÒez. Ya esto no lo podemos asumir m·s. Mientras que la mayorÌa de los adultos ha experimentado la iglesia local como un lugar seguro, informes de abuso fÌsico, emocional y sexual a niÒos han abierto los ojos a los verdaderos riesgos que los niÒos y las iglesias enfrentan. El propÛsito de este taller es conseguir que la gente de la iglesia se vea en la necesidad de desarrollar polÌticas que se enfoquen en:

    • Los tipos y alcance del abuso a niños
    • La epidemia del abuso en nuestra sociedad
    • El impacto del abuso en individuos, familias y congregaciones
    • La importancia de tener una política de protección de la niñez
    • Cómo generar la energía, el entusiasmo y el compromiso para desarrollar una política de  protección a la niñez
    • Cómo ver esa política a través del entrenamiento, la puesta en práctica, la evaluación y la revisión

  • NM 301 - KAREN - CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION IN CHURCHES
    (539KB PDF)

    Karen translation of a workshop designed to get church folk on board with the need to develop policies to protect children and the church.

    Copyright - Karen Translation (32KB PDF)

  • NM 302 - BASICS OF TEACHING AND RELATING WITH CHILDREN (114KB PDF)

    This workshop is designed to help participants explore general characteristics of children and qualities of good teaching, and to do hands-on work developing age-appropriate learning activities. It will work best with a minimum of six participants and can be used as part of teacher-training, an extended meeting of the board of Christian education, or a part of an all-church or regional leader training event or retreat. Not for teachers only, this workshop will be valuable for anyone who works with children from preschoolers through grade 5.

  • NM 302 - KAREN - BASICS OF TEACHING AND RELATING WITH CHILDREN (550KB PDF)

    Karen translation of a workshop that will be valuable for anyone who works with children from preschoolers through grade 5.

    Copyright - Karen Translation (32KB PDF)

  • NM 303 - TEACHING THE BIBLE TO CHILDREN (100KB PDF)

    This workshop is designed to help people understand and apply two crucial factors in Bible education for children: 1. Children develop from young listeners, to budding readers, to new owners, and finally to investigators; and 2. Children learn biblical truths primarily through relationships.

  • NM 303 - KAREN - TEACHING THE BIBLE TO CHILDREN (490KB PDF)

    Karen translation of a workshop designed to help people understand and apply crucial factors in Bible education for children.

    Copyright - Karen Translation (32KB PDF)

  • NM 401 - EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP IN YOUTH MINISTRY (93KB PDF)

    The purpose of this workshop is to help participants develop an understanding of the centrality of evangelism and discipleship in youth ministry; and identify ways of developing a youth program based on evangelism and discipleship. During the workshop, participants will explore statements about youth ministry, consider key elements of evangelism and discipleship for youth, and determine specific activities that will help them build a program for youth in their churches.

  • NM 401E - EVANGELISMO Y DISCIPULADO EN EL MINISTERIO DE JÓVENES (84KB PDF)

    Durante este taller los participantes explorarán dos declaraciones diferentes acerca del ministerio de jóvenes, considerarán los componentes claves de evangelismo y discipulado para jóvenes, y determinarán actividades específicas que les ayudarán a elaborar un programa de evangelismo y discipulado para jóvenes en sus iglesias.

  • NM 401F - EVANGELISATION ET FORMATION DE DISCIPLES DANS LE MINISTERE DES JEUNES(86KB PDF)

    Le but de l’atelier c’est d’aider les participants à développer une compréhension du caractère central de l’évangélisation et de la formation des disciples dans le ministère des jeunes; à identifier les moyens de développer un programme au profit des jeunes basé sur l’évangélisation et la formation des disciples.

  • NM 401 - KAREN - EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP IN YOUTH MINISTRY (464KB PDF)

    Karen translation of a workshop that helps participants develop an understanding of the centrality of evangelism and discipleship in youth ministry while identifying ways to develop a youth program based on evangelism and discipleship.

    Copyright - Karen Translation (32KB PDF)

  • NM 403 - BASICS FOR TEACHING YOUTH (140KB PDF)

    This workshop introduces participants to the characteristics of adolescent learners, a variety of teaching methods, and the role of adults as facilitators.

  • NM 403 - KAREN - BASICS FOR TEACHING YOUTH (519KB PDF)

    Karen translation of a workshop that introduces participants to the characteristics of adolescent learners, a variety of teaching methods, and the role of adults as facilitators.

    Copyright - Karen Translation (32KB PDF)

  • NM C404 - ENCOUNTER: COME AS YOU ARE (260KB PDF):

    This five-session resource is designed to help youth, ages 15ñ18, experience Jesusí acceptance and thereby grow in self-acceptance through Godís grace. The 60 minute sessions can be used in the course of a week, for example for a week of Vacation Bible School, as a regularly weekly study course, or for a weekend retreat.

  • NM C404 - KAREN - ENCOUNTER: COME AS YOU ARE (576KB PDF):

    Karen translation of a five-session resource designed to help youth, ages 15–18, experience Jesus’ acceptance and thereby grow in self-acceptance through God’s grace.

    Copyright - Karen Translation (32KB PDF)

  • NM C405 - MTW: EQUIPPED FOR LIFE! (195KB PDF)

    This five-session resource is designed to help youth, ages 15–18, explore what it means to follow Jesus in every day life. The 60 minute sessions can be used in the course of a week, for example for a week of Vacation Bible School, as a regularly weekly study course, or for a weekend retreat.

  • NM 501 - THE JOURNEY TOWARD WISDOM (98KB PDF)

    This workshop provides an example of using Bible stories and personal experiences to gain insight into personal faith journeys with participants relating their journeys to Mosesí journey towards wisdom.

  • NM 502 - BIBLE STUDY METHODS FOR GROWING DISCIPLES (76KB PDF)

    In this interactive workshop, participants will practice three methods of study designed to deepen individual understanding of Scripture as well as enhance their ability to apply biblical principles to everyday life.

  • NM 502 - KAREN - BIBLE STUDY METHODS FOR GROWING DISCIPLES (522KB PDF)

    Karen translation of a interactive workshop for participates to practice three methods of study designed to deepen individual understanding of scripture as well as enhance their ability to apply biblical principles to everyday life

    Copyright - Karen Translation (32KB PDF)

  • NM 503 - MAXIMIZING DISCUSSION IN ADULT SMALL GROUPS (272KB PDF)

    This workshop introduces the dialogical learning approach to group study as presented in How to Be the Best Christian Study Group Leader (Judson Press, 2006). Leaders will need a copy of the book and may want to purchase some additional copies for sale to participants who are interested. Call (800)4JUDSON, ISBN 978-0-8170-1500-8, ($16.00), or order online for a 20% discount ($12.80) at www.judsonpress.com. Participants will learn the basic concepts of dialogical learning in small groups through presentation of material and by participating in a group dialogical learning experience.

  • NM 601E - CULTIVANDO LA FE EN LAS FAMILIAS (67KB PDF)

    Durante este taller los participantes recordar·n experiencias en las que han ayudado o han recibido ayuda en la formaciÛn de su fe. Leer·n y discutir·n pasajes de las Escrituras que ilustran a la familia como factor primordial en la formaciÛn de la fe; y considerar·n los diferentes tipos de familias existentes en las iglesias bautistas americanas y como Èstas tienen el potencial para fomentar el desarrollo de la fe.

  • NM 602 - MINISTRIES WITH FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES (183KB PDF)

    Families that live with disability have a deep need to be welcomed and accepted, as well as a need for practical assistance from their church families. This workshop, designed to be used in conjunction with the handbook A Place Called Acceptance: Ministry with Families of Children with Disabilities, will raise participants' awareness of the impact of disability on the family system and will provide practical suggestions for welcoming children with disabilities—and their families—into the life of the church. Workshop leaders will need to have a copy of A Place Called Acceptance, by Kathleen Bolduc — for $7.95 plus s&h through the author's Web site, www.kathleenbolduc.com, or by calling (513) 484-1756.

  • NM 702 - TEACHING WITH RESPECT FOR DIVERSE LEARNING STYLES (209KB PDF)

    This workshop has four primary aims: to address common misconceptions and misuse of the concept of "multiple intelligences," to introduce participants to several methods of categorizing learning styles, to help participants identify and mitigate two risk factors in their teaching ministries, and to help participants apply learning styles to their teaching ministries.

  • NM 702E - ENSEÑAR RESPETANDO LOS DIVERSOS ESTILOS DE APRENDIZAJE (169KB PDF)

    Este taller tiene cuatro objetivos primarios: identificar las falsas ideas que existen comúnmente y los usos erróneos del concepto de "inteligencias múltiples" introducir a los participantes en los varios métodos de categorizar estilos de aprendizaje; ayudarles a identificar y atenuar dos factores de riesgo en sus ministerios de enseñanza y ayudarles a aplicar estilos de aprendizaje en ellos.

  • ABHMS 703 - TEACHING APPROACHES AND DISCIPLESHIP FORMATION (399KB PDF)

    In this two-hour workshop, participants will explore a variety of teaching approaches, their roles in discipleship formation, and strategies for using each approach. Each approach is modeled within the workshop presentation. Note: An optional PowerPoint presentation is provided; however, all the material that is in the PowerPoint is also in the workshop.

    Teaching Approaches And Discipleship Formation (133MB PPT)

  • NM 802 - THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE (52KB PDF)

    This workshop is designed to walk Nominating Committees through their work by engendering ownership of the role of Nominating Committee member, introducing participants to the functions of a nominating committee, providing guidelines for recruiting leaders, and outlining factors that motivate persons for leadership roles.

  • NM 804 - THE DEACON AS SERVANT-LEADER (181KB PDF)

    This workshop will encourage deacons to replace managerial models with a servant-leadership understanding of the diaconate. The workshop begins with an exploration of the biblical background, giving particular attention to the service-oriented occurrences of "deacon" and cognate words terms. The workshop also offers opportunities for contextualization, inviting participants to explore avenues through which they can exercise their servant-leadership ministries.

  • NM 804 - KAREN - THE DEACON AS SERVANT-LEADER (487KB PDF)

    Karen translation of a workshop designed to encourage deacons to replace managerial models with a servant-leadership understanding of the diaconate.

    Copyright - Karen Translation (32KB PDF)

  • NM 807 - THE SPIRITUAL LIFE OF BOARDS AND COMMITTEES (134KB PDF)

    This workshop is designed to help church leaders transform boards and committees from primarily administrative units into spiritual communities on mission; to serve as a catalyst in the transformation process of moving from life-draining meetings to life-giving ones.

  • NM 808 - STRATEGIES TO MOVE THE SMALL CHURCH FORWARD (195KB PDF)

    This workshop explores characteristics of the small church, uses mini case studies to identify levers for change in the small church and guides participants in the development of strategies for ministry in their churches

  • NM 808F - STRATÉGIES POUR FAVORISER LE DÉVELOPPEMENT DE LA PETITE CONGRÉGATION (79KB PDF)

    Les participants apprendront à découvrir les caractéristiques de la petite église et à développer des stratégies à partir desquelles ils parviendront à oeuvrer au progrès du ministère dans leurs églises.

  • NM 809 - HOSPITALITY - EXPRESSING AND EXPERIENCING GRACE (194KB PDF)

    This workshop is designed to engage participants in the issues around the biblical practice of hospitality. While the workshop will focus primarily on the expression of hospitality in a local congregation, it also has implications for and direct application to participants’ personal lives as they give expression to faith at home, work, or wherever they might be with unchurched people.

  • NM 811 - DEALING WITH CONFLICT IN GROUP MEETINGS (158KB PDF)

    Too often conflict takes away the positive feelings and even threatens results. This workshop is designed to help church leaders accept that conflict is inevitable in church groups and to discover ways of managing conflicts for positive results.

  • NM 811 - KAREN - DEALING WITH CONFLICT IN GROUP MEETINGS (443KB PDF)

    Karen translation of a workshop designed to help church leaders accept that conflict is inevitable in church groups and to discover ways of managing conflicts for positive results.

    Copyright - Karen Translation (32KB PDF)

  • NM 812 - LEADERSHIP AS ENABLING (167KB PDF)

    This workshop is designed to move church leaders toward an understanding of the leadership role as one of using one's gifts and position to enable others to discover their places of ministry.

  • NM 812 - KAREN - LEADERSHIP AS ENABLING (540KB PDF)

    Karen translation of a workshop designed to move church leaders toward an understanding of the leadership role as one of using one's gifts and position to enable others to discover their places of ministry.

    Copyright - Karen Translation (32KB PDF)
  • NM 813 - CHURCH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (128KB PDF)

    This workshop is designed to help people understand the three primary functions of leadership in the church: (1) to continually communicate a clear and compelling vision; (2) to define the mission and invite people to get involved, and (3) to repeat functions 1 and 2 over and over again.

  • NM 903 - BECOMING A DISCIPLE-MAKING COMMUNITY (116KB PDF)

    Based on the premise that true Christian identity is formed through all aspects of life within authentic Christian communities, this five-session workshop explores marks and practices of authentic Christian community and leads participants to assess their churches and develop practical plans for moving more fully toward being communities that nurture true followers of Jesus. Designed for multi-week studies, weekend retreats, or week-long events (E.g. VBS). Workshop leaders will need to purchase a copy of the book Learning the Way: Reclaiming Wisdom from the Earliest Christian Communities by Cassandra Williams. (Alban, 2009). Purchasing information, including information on discounts, is included in the workshop.

  • New graffic ABHMS 904 - NATURALLY CREATING COMMUNITY (467KB PDF)

    This five-session workshop provides guidance on discipleship formation inclusive of evangelism and personality style. (Optional additional sessions are suggested at the end of the workshop.) This workshop is based on Got Style? Personality-Based Evangelism by Jeff Johnson. Leaders of this workshop will need a copy of the book. It is not essential, but would be helpful if participants also had copies of the book. It can be ordered from www.JudsonPress.com (ISBN: 9780817015558). Online orders receive a 20% discount and workshop leaders can get frees shipping with the code GOTSTYLE.

  • NM 910 - INTRODUCTION TO THE MISSIONAL CHURCH (78KB PDF)

    This is a one session study for groups that could be divided into 2 one-hour sessions. It’s purpose is to introduce participants to the concept of “missional church” and to the steps necessary for moving toward becoming missional.

  • NM 910 - KAREN - INTRODUCTION TO THE MISSIONAL CHURCH (353KB PDF)

    Karen translation of a one session study for groups that could be divided into 2 one-hour sessions. It’s purpose is to introduce participants to the concept of “missional church” and to the steps necessary for moving toward becoming missional.

    Copyright - Karen Translation (32KB PDF)

  • ABHMS C 920 - A MATTER OF STEWARDSHIP: ECO-JUSTICE IN BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE (673KB PDF)

    This six-session study, which is designed for either personal or group use, explores the call to stewardship as it was first given to us. Recognizing that we do not need to adopt a secular view of the environment in order to justify care for the planet, participants are invited to set aside preconceptions and ask the question “What does it mean that God created the world and invited human beings to ‘have dominion’ (Gen. 1:26) and to ‘till and keep the garden’ (Gen. 2:15)?”. Therefore, this study is for all Christians who seek to understand and be faithful in our role as the “crowned ones” (Ps.  8) within creation. The hope is that participants with varying viewpoints would walk together through a process that moves them beyond inflammatory language to reclaim fellowship with one another and bear witness together to a distinctly biblical view of creation and our role within it.

    “A Matter of Stewardship” PowerPoint group study aid
    The following PowerPoint presentations can serve as a teaching aid for groups participating in the six-session study of “A Matter of Stewardship: Eco-justice in Biblical Perspective.”

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