Friday, January 17, 2014

New website offers leader training anytime, anywhere

By Bob Smietana
Most pastors know that having well-trained volunteers and lay leaders is essential for the health of any local church.
But few have a strategy for training, said Todd Adkins, director of leadership at LifeWay Christian Resources. 
Enter, a new online training site designed to deliver easy, affordable and high quality training at anytime, anywhere.
The site features more than 2,000 original training video sessions on topics from church leadership and finances to parking ministry and childcare.
The idea behind the site is to give churches a framework for their training programs, said Adkins.
“If you don’t give people a framework, they won’t grow,” he said.
Adkins said in the past, local congregations sent volunteers to conferences or used denominational programs such as Training Union to equip church members for ministry. That’s no longer the case.
“People used to take a week of vacation to attend training events like Sunday school week at Ridgecrest,” he said. “They don’t do that anymore.”
Instead of sending volunteers or staff members to an event, Ministry Grid allows churches to bring the training to their people via computer, smartphone, tablet or other mobile device. There’s also an app for off-line viewing.
“We want to focus on training being available anytime, anywhere,” said Adkins.