• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Raising our level of competence

Many of us simply do not know how to respond to workers who do not have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to do their ministry. When this kind of situation is allowed to go on, the agency suffers and often responds by working around the inadequately trained worker, the worker who lacks the needed competencies.

This is what is called the “frustration approach”.  We become annoyed with the inability of the worker to do their ministry, and choose not to address their developmental needs.  We work around them by carrying out their work or having others carry out their work.

There is another approach though.  We could call it the “redemptive approach”.  Our ministry focus becomes the development of the worker needing competency training.  In this approach, we come alongside the worker and choose to honestly address their competency needs and bring the resources to them which would raise their level of competency.  Rather than working around them, we work with them.  If the worker does not demonstrate the skills needed to carry out the ministry task after this training, then we need to look at other ministry options which might be better suited for their current gifts and skills.

Raising our level of competency means allowing the community to honestly assess our knowledge, skills and abilities and bring training to us that will cause us to grow in our ability to more fruitfully carry out our task.

Next post: Core skills and LL3.

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