Next month begins a season of Block A training retreats for those who are facilitating The Emerging Journey and The Equipping Experience groups in the fall. For those who are new to VP3, attending one of the Facilitator Training Retreats is the first step in implementing the VP3 processes in your ministry setting. And it is not too late to sign up for one of these practical and ministry-shaping events!
In case you needed some encouragement about the value of the Facilitator Training Retreat, I invite you to read Norm Grube’s comments when I asked him, “Was the Facilitator Training Retreat valuable to your group and to your own spiritual development?”
“Absolutely! I figure any time I get to spend a couple days being encouraged while learning together with other facilitators, it’s worth it.”
“The facilitator training came with a logically laid out binder that has been helpful to refer back to throughout the year of facilitating my group.”
“The training itself was very much a retreat style event with soul-feeding exercises that laid good groundwork for us to lead our groups. There was time spent in the scriptures, in meditation, in dialogue with other facilitators, and in prayer. As well, we briefly walked through each session in the Emerging Journey’s four workbooks, which provided us all with good insights and tips for the weeks and months ahead in our groups.”
“A byproduct of the training was that it began a relational support network with the other facilitators, which we’ve kept up throughout the year, both by email and through occasional get-togethers.”
“Yeah I’d say it was worth it.” (Norm Grube, Trinity Baptist Church, Kelowna, BC)
Norm is a gifted lay leader in his church setting who has been given the confidence to lead and facilitate a proven disciple-making process, which is one reason why we believe these Training Retreats are so valuable. Facilitators are pivotal in creating an environment where participants are given time and space to answer, ‘Who is God? ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What might God want to do through me?’ And we at VP3 want to partner with you to equip those potential disciple-making facilitators for the expansion of God’s kingdom in your setting.