The program is made up of ten trainings that are held every six months over 5 years. How you get started, how long each training is, who does the training and where it is held will depend on your budget, capacity, and the churches you are working with.
Originally each module was written as a three- to four-day training. However, the training schedule can be adapted to fit different contexts. Some of the common adaptations include doing trainings:
- Sunday afternoons after church for 5-6 weeks per module.
- One evening a week for 10 weeks per module.
- In place of the Sunday sermon (this works best in church plants in which the sermon is already highly participatory.)
All of these and more work fine. The two keys are to train as many people in the church as possible and to complete only two modules per year with time for application in between.
Typically we start by bringing together 20-40 pastors from an area and training them in the first module. Three to six months later, we return to see if they have applied what they learned. Generally, there are some pastors that have done exceedingly well, while other pastors have made little or no progress and a few simply were not interested.
We select Local Facilitators from those pastors who have applied what they learned. These new Local Facilitators then meet to review the materials and receive training in basic skills for the role.
The Local Facilitators spend the next six months training churches in their area in Module 1. During that time, we meet with them twice for Staff Development training. These are 2-3 day trainings and serve to improve their basic skills and teach them how to overcome obstacles. It is also an opportunity to share testimonies and ideas to inspire one another.
After teaching Module 1, the Local Facilitators are trained in Module 2, which they bring to the same churches where they taught Module 1. The process continues with regular Staff Development trainings every 2-3 months and a new training for the churches every six months.
Local Facilitator Selection
Local Facilitator Selection
The most successful Local Facilitators tend to be from the same ethnic group and live within 20 kilometers of those they are training.
As we select the Local Facilitators, we consider the following qualities to be essential:
- A sense of calling – Most of our Local Facilitators see TCT as an answer to their prayers.
- Approval of the area denominational leader – this helps to ensure their support for the work.
- Respect and influence –The Local Facilitators will be teaching what will initially be seen as radical ideas. If they are respected, more churches will allow them to train and people will be more willing to listen.
- Ability to read – The Local Facilitators must be able to read the materials in order to do the training.
Typically, there is one Program Leader who oversees the program. Depending on the size of the program, we also have National Trainers to help train the Local Facilitators. For each geographic area, we recommend having a part-time Area Coordinator that can follow-up with and support Local Facilitators.
We encourage the leadership – Area Coordinators, National Trainers and the Program Leader – to meet once a quarter to resolve issues and plan for the following quarter.
The magazine serves to:
- Review the key principles of the program
- Share new ideas
- Inspire churches with testimonies
The magazine is produced four times a year and distributed free of charge to all participating churches.
The magazine is kept simple and printed in black and white so it can be easily photocopied and distributed.
There is a sample issue and reprintable articles in the Members Section.
We provide minimal funding to our own TCT programs.
The expenses we cover are: simple meals at trainings (phasing out after three trainings), Local Facilitator stipends (though volunteers are preferred), transportation for Local Facilitators, and program materials. We also cover all the costs of printing and distributing the magazine.
We NEVER give sitting fees, even if it means we have less people attend training. Sitting fees decrease people’s participation, application and dignity.
You will need very few assets. We typically print out the visual aids on cheap cardstock. There is no need for projectors, dvd players or screens to run the program–in fact they may hinder the program.
With all on-the-ground expenses considered, our costs have rarely exceeded $220 per church per year (before our international administrative and fundraising expenses). In some cases the costs are as low as $10 per church. We are happy to help you find creative solutions to make the program fit your budget.