Training

Equipping those who wish to teach the principles of abiding in Christ to others.

Often we receive requests for training that would allow people to present the Abiding Life message in their own personal way to others. We hold several conferences every year to achieve this, most of them at the training center in Hagerstown, MD. Mike Wells developed many diagrams to provide easy visual tools for teaching concepts, and these are examined and discussed during most trainings. Also included is guidance in using his Unique Self Test, a temperament test encouraging the one doing the discipleship to get into the shoes of the disciple so as to better understand the person’s perception of the world. Tim Lester focuses on various specific emphases and groups someone might wish to teach or disciple, including marriage, youth, and an abbreviated format for quick presentation. These intensive trainings allow a potential teacher or discipler to gain much material in a short amount of time.

Programs

“Living The Abiding Life” Basic Conference

This introduction to abiding in Christ answers three simple questions:

  1. How and why do I act the way I do?
  2. How can I stop without effort?
  3. How do I stay on track?

The teaching is most often offered in a 6- to 9-hour format. Some choose to offer this conference on a Friday evening and daytime Saturday, while others choose to do it nightly over Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The presentation utilizes a lecture format that is illustrated by diagrams and practical stories to illustrate the principles of abiding. The message of this conference is that there is nothing the nearness of Christ cannot heal. Other topics covered during this conference include:

  • Why do sincere believers fail miserably?
  • What difference does walking with Christ really make in life?
  • How do I get free from habitual sin in my life?
  • What does it mean to walk in the flesh?
  • How do I overcome my past?
  • What if I cannot forgive?
  • What does Christ do for me that I cannot do for myself?
  • What place do failure and problems have in my life?
  • How do I get more faith if I do not have enough?
  • How do I deal with Satan?
  • What is the place of obedience in a believer’s life?
  • How does abiding impact how I make decisions?
  • How does Christ heal?

Advanced Training #1 “Discipling Foundations”

Goal: Equip the discipler to present the basic principles of abiding in Christ. This training will answer the following three basic questions:

  1. How and why do I act the way I do?
  2. How can I stop without effort?
  3. How do I stay on track?

Skills learned in this module include the following:

  • …taking a history
  • …giving and interpreting a Unique Self Test
  • …applying of the disciple’s life history
  • …offering practical strategies for spiritual warfare
  • …identifying the disciple’s real problem
  • …avoiding getting off target
  • …dealing with a resistant disciple
  • …letting people fail
  • …measuring success

This training is presented over a long weekend, starting on Friday and going through Monday.

Advanced Training #2 “Discipling for Marriage”

Goal: Equip the discipler to present the basic principles of abiding in Christ. This training will answer the following three basic questions:

  1. How and why do I act the way I do?
  2. How do I stop without effort?
  3. How do I stay on track?

Skills learned in this module include the following:

  • …taking a history
  • …giving and interpreting a Unique Self Test
  • …applying of the disciple’s life history
  • …offering practical strategies for spiritual warfare
  • …identifying the disciple’s real problem
  • …avoiding getting off target
  • …dealing with a resistant disciple
  • …letting people fail
  • …measuring success

This training is presented over a long weekend, starting on Friday and going through Monday.

Advanced Training #3 “Advanced Discipleship Concepts”

Goal: This training expands the concepts covered in Advanced Training #1 by giving further detail and insight into the three questions. It also gives insight about how to do ongoing discipleship.

While the foundational questions from Advanced Training #1 will be used, other skills and subjects to be covered will be as follows:

  • …following up with the disciple
  • …knowing what to do when one says it does not work
  • …understanding what role problems play in life
  • … dealing with failure
  • …seeing the deeper deceptions of the enemy as one begins to abide
  • …understanding what heavenly discipleship looks like
  • …understanding what heavenly accountability looks like
  • …seeing what role offenders play in my life
  • … dealing with a setback in my disciple’s life
  • …defining the normal path of learning to abide in Christ
  • …recognizing what Christ is doing in me and in the life of the
      disciple
  • …getting my focus right

This training is presented over a long weekend, starting on Friday and going through Monday.

Advanced Training #4 “Integrated Principles of Abiding”

Goal: This training presents all of the principles of Advanced Training #1, #2, and #3 in a seven-day training week. This training is designed for those who cannot break up their training time into three segments. The goals are the same, and most of the diagrams are utilized. This is an intensive schedule of morning, afternoon, and evening training.

Advanced Training #5 “Discipling Students”

Goal: This training presents all of the principles of Advanced Training #1, #2, and #3 in a seven-day training week. This training is designed for those who cannot break up their training time into three segments. The goals are the same, and most of the diagrams are utilized. This is an intensive schedule of morning, afternoon, and evening training.

Skills learned in this module include the following:

  1. Why do I act the way I do?
  2. How can I stop?
  3. How can I stay on track?

Skills learned in this module include the following:

  • …taking a history
  • …giving and interpreting a shortened version of the Unique Self Test
  • …understanding history
  • …offering practical strategies for spiritual warfare
  • …identifying the student’s real problem
  • …helping the student understand how Christ can be the source for his personal value
  • …helping the student discover why his way is not working
  • …understanding how failure can play a big part in the student’s journey to freedom
  • …practically describing what it means to trust Christ rather than himself for daily living
  • …teaching students to hear God’s voice

Advanced Training #6 “The Napkin Presentation”

This training demonstrates the principles of abiding in a much more condensed form, assuming that there will be no printed diagrams used during a relatively short amount of time to share with an individual. It is our thought that this could work for any believer while on break at the Starbucks or sitting at the McDonalds at lunch, sharing with an acquaintance while illustrating points on the back of a napkin. This module covers as few diagrams as possible while covering the heart of the message of abiding in Christ.

For more information about the trainings, prerequisites or any other questions, please contact Karen Lester. As soon as dates are available for these trainings, they will be posted on the calendar of the website.

Contact info: Karen & Tim Lester, 13138 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Karen 301-992-9897
Karen email: karenalmi@gmail.com

Events

02/29/2016 Intro to Abiding Web Conference
03/07/2016 Intro to Abiding Web Conference
03/14/2016 Intro to Abiding Web Conference
03/21/2016 Intro to Abiding Web Conference
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