Transferable Cross Training is a series of transferable discipleship training books developed for Christians who are interested in learning more about their faith, and how to effectively and comfortably share what they have learned with others. The uniqueness of this material is not in the subject matter covered or the Bible verses incorporated in each lesson. What is different about this material from most fill in the blank Bible study lessons is the simple, intentional transferability of each topic covered. “If I can do it, you can do it” succinctly captures the heart and purpose of this discipleship training material. The goal of each lesson is not to tell someone you have read the book or completed the class, but to be able to actually use these materials on a daily basis or as the opportunity presents itself, with or without notes or Bible in hand.
Book one, Essentials, focuses primarily on topics that are foundational to the Christian faith, and represent questions and answers typically asked by people inside the Christian faith who need to understand more about the biblical basis of the faith they profess to possess. Book two, Apologetics, focuses primarily on questions and answers that are often asked by critical, curious or skeptical people, outside the Christian faith, who have grown accustomed to Christians running from their antagonistic questions rather than attempting to adequately responding to them. Book three, Leadership, focuses primarily on exploring questions and answers related to developing active, aggressive, efficient, effective ministers and ministries; anticipating the predictable attitudes and obstacles that must be recognized, confronted and resolved if successful ministry is going to be sustained on an ongoing basis.
CLASSES & GROUPS
- Interested in taking a class?
- Interested in leading a discipleship class or group and believe you are ready to teach all or part of this series?
- Interested in leading a discipleship class or group, but know that you are not ready to do so?
TCT classes meet at 9:00 AM, in room 210. Wednesday evening classes are at the ABC Office at 6:45 PM. All are welcome and can start anytime.
BOOK 1 - ESSENTIALS How was it possible for an entertaining, fictional, historically challenged book like the Da Vinci Code to upset the faith of so many professing Christians? Why are the overwhelming majority of Christians in North America unable or unwilling to clearly and succinctly share what they believe with others given the opportunity to do so? For too many Christians the answer is that we do not know what we believe or why we believe it. We cannot give what we do not have or share what we do not know. More effective discipleship training is accomplished by systematic design than by accident or circumstantial luck.
Bible teachers typically share content. Whether the student catches the lesson being taught is strictly up to them; the grade, passing or failing is on their shoulders, not the teachers. Discipleship trainers share their lives with their students. Their job is not done
until the disciple can do anything the trainer can do. A person completing this Essentials study will be able to ask and answer foundational question regarding their Christian faith in a concise, comfortable, confident manner.
BOOK 2 - APOLOGETICS
How is it possible that so many professing Christians walk away from the faith they claim to believe between their sophomore year of high school and senior year of college? In both the public school system and throughout the major media industries of North America, Evangelical Christianity and conservative political or religious perspectives are viewed as hurtful rather than helpful to culture. Secular humanism now is the predominant worldview and represents the status quo in the public square. The TCT Apologetics book is designed to train Christians how to respond to common questions raised by people opposing or critically challenging religion in general or Christianity specifically.
Jude 3 commands Christians to contend for the faith, delivered once for all to the saints. Titus 1:9 indicates that we are supposed to both teach sound doctrine and refute those who contradict it. However we live in a culture that assumes and promotes the view that all truth statements, opinions and beliefs are to be treated as equally valuable. To one truth is absolute, to the other, the truth is that there are no universal or absolute truths. Conflict is unavoidable for Christians who are more concerned about being obedient to Christ than the people He created. Jesus identified His true disciples as salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). Paul refers to Christians on several occasions as soldiers and ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 2:25; and 2 Timothy 2:2-4). It is clear that neither Jesus nor Paul considered Christianity as a spectator sport.
BOOK 3 - LEADERSHIP
Leadership within any viable group must not only be developed, it must be transferable to sustain continued success. In many secular and sacred ventures, leadership is prized as power; something to be earned and coveted. People are to be used, and abused if necessary, to accomplish the leaders implied or stated goals. Jesus turned this paradigm upside down by declaring that leaders are to serve, not be served, and the one who aspired to be greatest must make himself the servant of others. The TCT Leadership book is a transferable study designed to help potential leaders become effectual leaders through identifying attitudes to emulate or eradicate; obstacles to avoid or conquer; and the ability to create a healthy atmosphere whereby the leadership training process has a fighting opportunity to survive and thrive rather than die in less than one generation.
Effective leaders have a vision for what can be rather than just what currently is. They have demonstrated an expertise that can assure others they know what they are talking about. They have learned how to communicate the vision within their head to those around them so that they are walking in the dark by themselves. They create opportunities for a buy in from colleagues, so that the end game becomes a benefit for all those participating in the process rather than an exercise in kingdom building for one. Effective leadership communicates a “we” thing rather than a “me” thing; it represents a team game displaying unity within diversity for maximum impact.