After pausing its Leadership Training Class (LTC) for a year, Dwell has resumed the foundational class, determining it can now be done safely, in-person. Over 200 people are taking the class this spring.
While Dwell has been offering other classes by Zoom, Equipping Division Coordinator Pat Reeder says remote learning just doesn’t work for this critical class. “LTC has a lot of discussion and is also 3 hours long. The sphere leaders determined that conducting LTC over Zoom would be worse than waiting until we had the opportunity to do it later.”
He says with many teachers and students vaccinated, they decided it was safe for the class to resume in-person, and it restarted a few weeks ago.
Pat says the class is for those in both the Adult and College ministries, and trains people to be effective, biblically-sound home church leaders. “LTC forms the central nervous system of the Equipping Division. Students are taught what our elders believe is essential to lead competently in a home church.”
“This means that all home church leaders have taken this course or an earlier iteration of it at some point. Much of their knowledge can be traced back to this material. While equipping continues beyond LTC for our leaders, this is the bedrock.”
He says the class takes 6 quarters to complete, and covers a wide range of topics--from abstract subjects like the Bible’s trustworthiness to practical and concrete subjects like how to lead a prayer meeting.