Author Advocates Holistic Healing Arts as Ministry

“Healing is much more than the intuitive laying-on of hands. In a deeper, more intrinsic sense, it is spiritual ministry founded on peace and love,” says Interfaith Minister and author Ven. Rinchen Chodak.

Author Rinchen Chodak reached this conclusion after facilitating many energetic healings and noticing the deep spiritual presence that began to emerge after each client session. In her latest book The Universal Healing Art of JING-QI-SHEN, Chodak challenges all healing practitioners to a Ministry of Healing. The Mission – “to bring health and wholeness to the world.”

The writer’s premise is that a Ministry of Healing starts with an attitude of reaching out not only to the body, but also to the spiritual essence of the client, regardless of the healing tradition or modality being used.

“As a healing facilitator I stand in the loving gap of pure potentiality for my client. I am not concerned with the outcome, I just perform my healing repertoire in a pure space of love knowing that Divine Essence will take care of the rest.”

What is Jing-Qi-Shen? Jing-Qi-Shen is named after the San Bao, or Three Treasures, common in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The English translation would be Essence-Energy-Spirit. Based on ancient Chinese, Tibetan, and Ayurvedic practices, Jing-Qi-Shen is often thought to be the forerunner of Reiki.

Jing-Qi-Shen is a deeply compassionate and peaceful healing art, teaching the practitioner to move aside personal ego in order to become a pure loving conduit of Universal Healing Energy. It combines elements of the Meridian System as found in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Energy Healing, and Medical Intuition.

Says Chodak. “The word ministry comes from the Latin – ministerium, which means the act of serving. As a Healing Ministry, the healing practitioner’s mission is to heal the body, the mind, the perceptions, and the prejudices in order to bring spiritual wholeness. To do this is to touch and heal the heart of the world.”

Better Worship – 12 marks of an effective music ministry

My first experience in music ministry happened fairly soon after I first picked up a guitar at 15 years of age. I knew about 20 chords and could play a few songs from a new songbook titled Scripture in Song. Fortunately most of the songs were in guitar-friendly keys.

There were four of us who played guitar in a small country Baptist church. I know one song we dreaded was “Rise and Shine”

(‘God said to Noah there’s gonna be a floody floody…’). The chords were simple, but the strumming rhythm was a real wrist breaker.

After church we would retire to one of our homes and listen to the latest Larry Norman or Randy Stonehill album, and try to work out the chords and guitar licks. As Bryan Adams sang, ‘I played it till my fingers bled…those were the best days of my life’. The songs were simple and we’d try and embellish them with influences from progressive rock bands like Pink Floyd and Yes. However there’s a limit to what you can do with a $20 nylon string guitar. Sometimes this went down well. At other times some of the elders would warn us of the dangers of getting so caught up in the music that we forgot the main game. In their quirky country ways, they had a point.

In the years since then I have enjoyed being part of many different music teams. My studies meant I moved around a fair bit, so I was part of a number of churches. Some were well resourced and it was a struggle to get to do what I loved, whereas others were small and welcomed whatever help they got.

When the Willow Creek team first came to Australia I witnessed what was possible with a dynamic, creative and well-resourced team. However, my frustration was that the models of music ministry I was seeing presented by big, well-resourced, upper middle class churches was simply not achievable in the majority of churches.

This sparked my interest in training and developing churches without these kinds of resources. The problem was to distil from 20 years of experience ‘what things really mattered’. What were the issues that could make or break a music ministry, whether in a mega church or a church struggling to survive as demographic change followed its course?

Since then I’ve had the privilege of speaking with hundreds of music ministers and team members here in Australia and from overseas. From those conversations, these are what I believe are the 12 “biggies” for creating an effective music ministry.

Notice that I said effective, not “successful”. Many people equate success with big budgets and large teams. An effective

music ministry can be one talented and gifted person doing what they do in harmony with their church and surrounding community.

So here they are:

1. Music is valued as a gracious gift from God, given for our enjoyment, as well as being a strategic tool for strengthening believers and reaching unbelievers.

2. The ministry team should have a biblical understanding of the nature of worship, music, church and Christian experience.

3. Music ministry takes place in the context of a church with a shared understanding of its purpose and mission.

4. The music team are servants with a clear understanding and a passionate commitment to the part they play in that mission.

5. The music ministry is a team who:
a. work together towards common goals.
b. love and support one another.
c. deal biblically and appropriately with conflict.
d. have clear, mutually agreed, written standards explaining what is expected of members.
e. receive regular training and teaching in theology, practical musicianship and teamwork.

6. Music takes place in the context of prayerfully and carefully planned services with an emphasis on cultural relevance, excellence, biblical content, personal authenticity and vulnerability.

7. Music team leaders are involved in the planning and programming of services and special events.

8. The repertoire is regularly and systematically reviewed to:
a. assess its content, ease of singing and relevance.
b. evaluate and recommend new songs before they enter the repertoire.

9. The music ministry has adequate financial support within the church’s existing resources.

10. Human resources are used effectively and supplemented by appropriate use of technology such as CD’sFind Article, DVD’s MIDI or
backing tracks where required.

11. The church supports and encourages local and “lesser known” writers by using their material where possible and helping them to develop skills and access training opportunities.

12. The music ministry obeys the letter and the spirit of the law regarding copyright and performance rights.

I’ve distilled these into a quick assessment you can use to see where you and your church are at in terms of ministry. You can download this assessment as a PDF document here. It will give you 60 quick ideas to improve your music ministry.

Being A Fearless Ministry Leader

There is a unique challenge to building a ministry that can leave ministers susceptible to fear that other Christians may not have to deal with on a regular basis.

There is a unique challenge to building a ministry that can leave ministers susceptible to fear that other Christians may not have to deal with on a regular basis.

Being fearless is not being strong; it is not putting on a smile no matter what; it is not feeling your fear and pushing through it – a definition of courage I have heard time and time again. Fearlessness is the total absence of fear. You must first be fearless for faith to enter in and manifest. Being fearless is the precursor to living in 100% belief and faith in the Word of God and operating in the works of Jesus upon the earth. We must have faith because it is the substance that activates heaven to come into alignment upon the earth.

The definition of fear that the Holy Spirit gave me is the lack of surrender and submission to God. God allows fear to illuminate the areas in which you don’t believe Him. If He did not allow fear, you would think you were okay and have no internal barometer to clearly identify the areas in which your faith is lacking. Fear is a spiritual issue. It cannot be dealt with in the natural realm alone. It doesn’t matter how many affirmations, memorizing bible verses, or positive self-talk you try to apply to fear, it does not work. You may get relief for a little while, but the fear will still be there.

When you move into fearlessness, you literally become untouchable by anything of the world. This includes Satan, any man, any circumstance – you become unmovable to the things of the natural realm. There is no financial challenge, there is no health challenge, there is nothing that can shake you. When you begin to walk through the gateway of fearlessness into the Kingdom of God, God commands Satan to take his hands off of you. We begin to operate from our Heavenly position and become operate in oneness with Christ Jesus and the Father. This is where you are to live constantly as a minister of His Word.

When ministers are fearless, it does not matter what comes your way – not even death –you fear because you know that you are the power of Jesus and you can lay hands on that person and raise them from the dead. This is the power of being fearless in ministry. As I was praying in preparation for a tele-class I am teaching on fearlessness for ministers, the Holy Spirit said:

“Within these four quadrants lies the process of becoming fearless for My ministers. These are the four areas that they must master in their lives in order to move into fearlessness as a minister.”

He then showed me an image of a diagram that captures His teaching that I have included below. These four areas of fearlessness are Unresolved Personal Issues; Uncleannesses; Financial Provision; and ‘The Fish Bowl.’

Each of these areas stand in the way of the Lord being able to fully use His ministers as vessels. That is the ultimate goal of being a minister of the Lord. Knowing the Word is not enough, we must be true believers whose words are confirmed by signs, wonders and miracles. You become a vessel for the signs, wonders and miracles of Jesus Christ upon the earth.

With fearlessness, ministers will move from a place where we stop praying to God for people to be healed and delivered into a place where we are doing the healing and deliverance as pure vessels. The scripture tells us as ministers to deliver and heal His people. It is out of our fear as ministers that we continue to ask God to do it for us. He has already placed the dominion, power and authority within us and far too many ministers are not using it.

I love the church dearly because it has gotten us where we are as the Body of Christ, but one of the downfalls of traditional church has been that it is has disempowered Christians from doing the works of Jesus. In this lack of empowerment and equipping, we teach congregants to invite people to church instead of knowing how to minister to them the moment they are in need. We have been conditioned to walk up to an altar and ask another person to lay hands on us when we carry the same power of Jesus and the Father as one within us.

I was telling a friend of mine yesterday that I will praise God when we begin to see a true model of the church operating where people are equipped to do the works of Jesus. When this happens, we can be sitting the pew with a person next to us in a wheelchair and we will know how to be a vessel for their healing right then and there. It is our responsibility to equip the people of God to operate in the things of Jesus.

But before we are able to fully equip the people of God, we have to move through these four quadrants. The first quadrant, Unsolved Personal issues, contains our feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, any remaining brokenness and unforgiveness. It also includes partially-healed past emotional wounds left over from broken heartedness, broken marriages, prodigal children, and all of the things the leave our inner self feeling wounded. Anything that whispers inadequacy from our past is what is in this first quadrant.

This quadrant is especially important because as ministers we often come to the Lord and are called out of our brokenness. There would not be anymore “church hurts” if ministers handled this. Ministers would be comfortable with the gifts of those the Lord has entrusted us because ministers would no longer be insecure or threatened by the gifts of those in the congregation. Out of insecurity and inadequacy, we literally squelch the Holy Spirit from manifesting in its fullness through us.

Now praise God for the anointing so it can come and override all of that, but then we move back into ourselves with our insecurities, bad habits, addictions and rough edges. You must take the time to do your self-work as a minister. Because it is blocking you from reaching the very people to which God has called you. We must move through those personal unresolved issues.

Once we handle the unresolved personal issues in the first quadrant, we must then move onto our uncleannesses. Uncleannesses are anything that stand in the way of the Holy Spirit manifesting its fruit in our lives. When we have any space for unclean spirits, we create problems and emotion pain and scars for those we are called to serve. There are fourteen stronghold spirits that create these uncleanness in our hearts and spirits. A minister should not be carrying any unclean spirits that leave the door open for Satan to wreak havoc in our lives to unclean stronghold spirits.

To remove uncleannesses, ministers need to go through the process of purifying your hearts and cleansing our spirits. It just breaks my heart when I see people in ministry positions abusing it because they haven’t taken care of their uncleannesses. In order to purify our hearts, it is not as simple as decreeing and declaring that we forgive someone, there is a process that the Lord and His Holy spirit walks us through to have pure hearts. According to the scripture, if we ever carry any of these works of the flesh, we will not inherit the Kingdom of God. If we knew how to take an objective look at our uncleanness and remove them from our lives so we can be free from them and lead others in this process. When we understand the power of Jesus as true believers, we understand that we have the power to cast them out.

The third quadrant represents the necessity of ministers to have no fear in the area of Financial Provision. I have lost count of how many ministers have confessed that they are afraid to begin what the Lord has instructed them to do because they were seeing their secular job as their main source of financial provision. For ministers, it is the plan of the Lord for us to make our living administering the gospel to His lost sheep, but yet so few of us are at a place of belief and faith to fully trust God with this area of our lives.

Fearlessness in this quadrant means trusting God with your bills, income, financial obligations and lifestyle. It means learning how to move in the authority, power and dominion given to us in the name of Jesus over our finances. It means coming to a place in our walk with the Lord that we understand that God gives us the power to get wealth and how to command and steward the resources He entrusts in our hands. This is much easier when you are a minister on a church’s payroll or your mission is being funded by a church organization. It can be more challenging when your ministry is called to the Body of Christ and is responsible for bringing in its own funding. Once ministers become fearless in this quadrant, we are almost where we need to be.

The final quadrant is called ‘The Fish Bowl.’ There is a unique necessity for ministers who have often come to the Lord out of brokenness to be open and transparent about our personal struggles. The more transparent you are, the more transparent and open those you teach and lead will be. This is critical to them breaking through their perceived limitations and manifesting the good fruit of the Word of God in their lives. I call this feeling with your life as a minister is lived under a microscope, ‘The Fish Bowl’ because it often feels like your life is so open to others that you really have to put in some effort to keep parts of your time, schedule and family life private. The reality of ‘The Fish Bowl’ can cause quite a bit of stress and anxiety which are fruits of the spirit of fear. Especially when the Lord tells us to share aspects of your life before you gave your life and heart to the Lord. When we have not moved into fearlessness in the areas of the first two quadrants, Unresolved Personal Issues and Uncleannesses, it impacts our ability and comfort in handling ‘The Fish Bowl’ dynamic that goes hand-in-hand with being a minister.

Corporate Training for Vocational Training Students

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport recalls that the module of placement that can be performed in any of the country of European Union. This option opens to students of intermediate level with varied training courses.

Students in Vocational complete their studies with internships. Thus, they have the opportunity to apply in a real environment all the knowledge acquired during previous courses. This module, called the Workplace Training (FCT) is mandatory at all levels. To do this, students have the support of a teacher-tutor of the school and a tutor of the company. To learn more about the placement, this article clarifies what it is and how is an opportunity to acquire skills and how to do this module in Europe.
The Working Centre Training (FCT) is a compulsory module for students of Vocational Training (FP), both in the intermediate level, as higher grade. Its peculiarity is that students have the opportunity to apply what they have learned a company during their studies. This means not only knowing the work in a real environment, but may open the door to their insertion in the labor market.

Not establishing a working relationship between the student and the company, but this is limited to sign a cooperation agreement with the study center, but the benefits are undeniable for students. They must perform this step, since it is mandatory to obtain the corresponding degree of FP. For this reason, the activities undertaken must meet certain criteria:

1. They own productive activities of the professional profile of the title.
2. They develop in a company, where you learn the production processes or services.
3. Also let you know that labor relations are established from the activities performed.
4. Included in training program and, therefore, the end of this is carried out an assessment to prove that have reached their occupational skills.

May be excluded from the program students who accumulate absences repeated unexcused attendance or punctuality, those with a bad attitude or practices and fail to take advantage of the training program in the workplace. On the other hand, students who, according to a full working day, proving work experience at least one year related to the training cycle in which they are enrolled may apply for full or partial exemption Module Training in the Workplace.

To ensure compliance with the expectations and follow the progress of students, each with two tutors who will guide and advice a teacher-tutor of the school and a tutor, instructor or trainer of the company or associated organization. They are responsible for helping students in everything you need to make the most of your stay in the company.

This period has duration of 400 hours for titles adapted to the Organic Law on Education (LOE). Meanwhile, the training courses that have not yet been adapted range between 350 and 700 hours. Each title requires a definite period, but the average training takes 10 to 20 weeks, long enough for a first contact and gives students an idea of the specifics of each task. This time is complete with tutoring at school.

This contact with the workplace is a very important experience for students, since they know firsthand the applicability of the knowledgeHealth Fitness Articles, strengths and weaknesses and changes or developments in the production system and that may not have collected in the classroom. Even the student’s day in the company is always similar or as close as possible to schedule other workers to experience the best fit to a real scenario.

The Ministry’s Sound Agenda

A snapshot of the Ministry Of Sound: from its Elephant and Castle beginnings to becoming a world-brand.

Dance music in London has been synonymous with The Ministry of Sound since it opened its exceptionally hip doors, in 1991. It?s ability to attract vast shoals of loved-up dance-heads to the shady shores of London?s Elephant and Castle is the stuff of corporate dreams. To this day, it still pulls in 5,000 clubbers every sweat-swamped weekend ? for full-on cranial and physical recreation, at the hands of a Richter scale-measuring sound system.

This, then, is a huge predatory beast with an instinctive understanding of club culture. And, kraken-like, it dominates the lively seas of the London club scene – as the undisputed tentacled daddy. Its grip on the market has allowed its dangly limbs to stretch into recording, clothing, the media and various other lucrative Ministry spin-offs.

The Ministry?s four sub-labels: Sound of Ministry, Ride, FSUK manufacture a spectrum of dance music to feed the full breadth of the global dance music market and its constituent segments. In tandem with this, its media operation has a nice syndication number on the go, these days, allowing 150 radio stations in 38 countries to galvanize the airways with pre-recorded Ministry output.

HQs in New York, Berlin, Sydney and London, of course, enhance the credibility of the world-brand being consolidated here. And, market penetration on a planetary scale continues apace, mirroring the rise of club culture as a common currency among near and far-flung youth ? say from: Beijing to Reykjavik, Mexico City to Mumbai. Ministry bars and clubs look set to be surfacing in a town near you in the not too distant future. What remains to be seen, though, is whether the quality of the product will be compromised in any way, now that the Ministry is clearly dealing in economies of scale.

The latest issue in what has been a well-received series is The Ministry?s: The Annual 2005 ?
It features a tasty mix of the year?s spiciest dance tunes, served up on two CDs. CD 1is a frisky mix of the big numbers that have held sway throughout the British club scene. These include Armand Van Helden?s My My My, Call On Me ?Eric Prydz ? Soul Central?s Strings of Life and Girls by The Prodigy. CD 2 has a harder edge to it, and the diamonds in this package would have to be Judge Jules? remix of Michael Woods, Delirium?s Silence, JJ?s So Special and Kristine Blond?s Loveshy. The limited edition box set has a bonus DVD, with plenty of piquant vid footageFeature Articles, as an extra condiment.

How to Build a Leading Youth Ministry

Nation often depend their future on the lives of the young people. The same is true with the Church. To have a firm and well established Church, that will continue to deliver the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, you must have a firm and strong youth ministry. Adolescent stage can be considered as the most dangerous stage in human life. These people, known as the youth, are subject to violence and different kind of danger that will grab them away from their faith. In the current generation, there are numbers of bad influences that may ruin a youth’s life. The best thing to keep them away from those matters is to keep them close to the arms of the Beloved. Youth who live and spent most of their time on Church really have a different attitude from those who live outside of it. These two kinds of young people also have different views and have different kind of future. Therefore, the Church has a big responsibility on the kind of path that the youth in their community may have. In order to keep the youth in the Church, there must be people who will lead them in the right path. Thus, there is a need to build a strong and leading youth ministry. There are important steps that a church must consider in building a leading youth ministry. First thing is to focus on the youth that are present in the Church. Divide them in small cell groups with a spiritually matured leader that will help and guide them in their spiritual lives. It is important that each one of them will be involved in every discussion and will have a chance to share the kind of life that they have outside the church. Second, is to enhance their God given abilities and talents that will be beneficial to the church. This can be done through regular workshop and trainings that is sponsored by the ministry. Third is to have a regular fellowship among other young people inside the church. Bible studies and Sunday school classes are some ways where this step can be done. Fourth, is to invite them or encourage them to share their faith to their fellow youth in the community. Through this, the young people will become aware about the importance of their ministry within and outside the Church. The church must also develop the leadership aspect of the youth’s life in order to prepare them to their future calling. Their spiritual lives and prayer lives must be regularly checked so that they will not be subject to spiritual stagnation. By making them part of the whole church ministry, the youth will learn to value their faith. The most vital part in building a leading youth ministry is to help them develop a strong relationship with the Lord. They must be aware of the reasons why they go to the church and why they have their own ministry. A strong relationship and commitment with God will also help them to hold on and to keep on doing the ministry not just for ministry sake, but most of all because of their love for Jesus Christ.

A Guide For Youth Ministry Resources

In order to sustain growth, or at least maintain the present levels in church membership from generation to generation, it is vitally important to focus on the special religious needs of young people. With that in mind you will see that there are an ever increasing amount of ministry catering to the young. It is two entirely different things though, ministering to adults, than it is ministering to youth. Good luck getting kids to listen politely if the topic doesn’t interest them. You really have to deliver lessons in a way where the intended audience can relate. The best way to do this is to take advantage of the numerous youth ministry resources that are available these days. Youth ministry resources generally fall into two classes, the ones that you must pay for and the no-cost resources. The kind of youth ministry resources you use very much depends upon your budget and the stated objective. Once you decide how much you can spend on products, you can proceed with your search for specific items. Here are a few suggestions that you may find beneficial. First of all, hand puppets are some of the most popular youth ministry resources around, for the little ones of course. Kids seem to love puppets, so putting on a puppet show would be a wonderful way to get your message across. You can find biblical characters produced by many different manufacturers, which will allow you stage or reenact a multitude of scenes. In addition, there are ready-made scripts that you can purchase if you don’t have time to write your own. Music is an outstanding youth ministry and resource that is universally loved. There’s certainly no shortage of music with Christian lyrics out there, but it may not be all that easy to find the type of music that will effectively complement your lessons. By taking advantage of websites offering youth ministry resources and general help, however, you can efficiently locate exactly what it is you’re looking for. This means you’ll be able to spend less time preparing for your Sunday school classes or other meetings and more time doing what is truly important and that is interacting with the kids. Some other really great youth ministry resources include, Bible study guides, lists of discussion questions, videos, sermons, Power Point presentations, and story books. Helping introduce God to the youth that you are fortunate enough to interact with is a truly noble and inspired undertaking. Fortunately, you’re not alone in your mission. Go on the Internet and take a look at all of the wonderful youth ministry resources that are available and make your next Bible study group a more interesting, rewarding and educational experience for all.

Prophetic Ministry – 7 Reasons Why Prophetic Training Can Help You Develop Your Gift of Prophecy

If you have the spiritual gift of prophecy, receiving prophetic training is one way in which you can develop your prophetic ministry. No spiritual gifts, even revelatory gifts such as discernment and prophecy, come mature and fully developed. We have a responsibility to steward the gifts God has given to us, from the time we recognise the early signs that we have them. Like the servants in Jesus’ parable of the talents (Matt 25:14-30), we need to invest our gifts wisely, so that we can reach our highest potential and fulfil our destiny and ministry calling.

In 1 Tim 4:14-15, the Apostle Paul said,

‘Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.’

Training and mentoring is a Biblical concept. In the Old Testament, Elijah and Elisha had groups of prophets that looked to them for leadership (2 Kings 2:5-7, 4:1, 4:38).

In the New Testament, we learn that God has given leaders to the church to help equip people for ministry and bring the church body to maturity (Eph 4:11-13). Jesus trained His disciples, who in turn trained other leaders to do the work of ministry. If you have the spiritual gift of prophecy, here are 7 reasons why prophetic training will be of value to you:

1. Training Helps You Develop Your Prophetic Gift

The purpose of training is gift and ministry development. Training is an intensive, focused way in which you can grow your prophetic gift and take the next steps forward in your prophetic ministry. Good prophetic training will not limit, but rather enlarge your capacity, providing you with tools for ongoing growth.

2. In Training, You Learn from Other People’s Experience and Knowledge

Prophetic training will give you knowledge and instruction in your gift of prophecy. Along with this, training should teach you how to apply what you have learned with wisdom. The best teachers are those who are not afraid to share their own experiences and failures. It is wiser to learn from other people’s mistakes than make your own!

3. Training Enables you to Receive Specialist Instruction in Your Gift

When you receive prophetic training, you are learning from instructors who are gifted and experienced in your area of ministry. They have a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience to impart to you.

Each of us has a propensity for blind spots-in other words, we don’t know what we don’t know! Training is an opportunity to have others who are further along in the journey speak into our lives, broaden our horizons and teach us new insights about our prophetic gifts.

4. Training Provides An Environment in Which you can Practice

Your prophetic gift is sharpened through being put to use. Training should provide a safe environment in which you can practice using your gift of prophecy amongst other people who are on the same journey. A good teacher will coach you, encourage you to prophesy and provide advice on how you can become more accurate at using your prophetic gift.

5. Training Provides you with Opportunities to Obtain Feedback

Feedback is vital to growth, and training should take this into account. Training is not meant to be a comfortable process. One Hebrew word for training means ‘to goad!’ (1 Chron 25:6-7). Training requires personal discipline. It also calls us to be open to direction and correction from those who are training and leading us. In a training environment, we should be assured that we are in a safe place to give and receive feedback, as we practice using our prophetic gifts.

6. Training Helps you Identify and Release Outdated Styles of Ministry

Training can help us recognise and release old or incorrect paradigms and styles of prophetic ministry. Training is a great way to bring unity into a ministry team, as those trained receive the same instruction and are grounded in the same values together. Some values that should be present in prophetic training are: the Bible as a basis for prophecy, a balanced approach to prophetic ministry, prophecy that reflects Jesus’ character, leadership accountability, natural expression and participation in a local church.

7. Training Provides Community with Like-Minded People

Training brings you into contact with people who are on the same journey as you, learning to exercise their prophetic gifts. You can encourage each other, share ideas and experiences and provide a safe place to have a go and practice using your gifts of prophecy together. It is good to attend training sessions that directly relate to your gift. However, it will also benefit you to attend any sessions your own church runs on leadership, ministry and Bible teaching. This is because the outworking of your gift is going to be unique to the flavour, vision and values of your church.

Understanding the culture of your church will assist you in expressing your spiritual gift. For example, you wouldn’t use a flamboyant style of expressing a prophetic gift in a conservative-culture church, and vice versa. Good training should recognise and honour these differences. Be prepared to adapt what you learn in a training session to your personal world and your own church environment. Take care not to become rigid or prideful about the knowledge you acquire in prophetic training. It is wise to be teachable in the use of your prophetic gift. Humility and flexibility are important keys to fruitfulness in your prophetic ministry.

Men in Ministry Training Leaders

Today will be the first of many Men’s Neighborhood Groups. Our vision is to have a group within walking distance of every man in San Francisco. Men will lead each group tonight for 90 minutes. I have written about the groups a number of times. They will be phenomenal! God has a plan; we need to listen and execute His Plan according to our pastor’s direction, agreement and timing.

When I was in Ecuador this past summer, I was able to spend a little time with the Missionary. The man is remarkable in his humility and God’s work through him. In his work, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, there are upwards of 22,000 people who meet weekly in small groups. Oh my God in heaven, this is all you!

I asked him; how does this work? His answer was clear. Train the leaders to lead, he said. Great advice!

Our church in San Francisco has grown dramatically in the 12 years I have attended. It has been a privilege to work with the lead pastor, a man of God. Early in my tenure, he asked me to join the board. The board consisted of 7 people including the pastor; we met irregularly and discussed, advised, and recommended, but never directed action of the church or the pastor. This was okay with me. I sit under the pastor and submit to his authority.

One day a discussion took place with the pastor about financial issues. The discussion had one of the participants pressing the pastor to take the direction he was giving. The pastor then explained: the church was not a democracy or any other consensus-led organization. The pastor gets his direction from God; he then acts according to the will of the Lord. He called it Moses Leadership.

Leadership in the Bible is all Moses Leadership. The leader, appointed by God, hears from God and then delivers the message to the people. There aren’t any committees or counsels. The leaders would listen to advice. When the advice was counter to God’s voice, it was either disregarded or, when it was followed, it lead to some form of disaster.

Moses is the most profound and possibly the most successful leader in Bible and, I would add, in all of history. He was humble: he took direction from his leader, and he delivered the message as it was given. Moses then followed up to be sure the message or the orders were followed perfectly.

Moses was an obedient leader, taking his direction from God and following that direction. If Moses deviated from God’s direction, God dealt with him. The only time this happened was when the people pressed Moses; he then yielded to the flesh. For this, God showed him the Promised Land but he could not enter it. This surely grieved God that his servant, who was truly a friend, could not receive his reward.

“Train the leaders,” rings in my ears from the hugely successful missionary. The model of leadership must be the Bible’s model. Therefore, the example I try to give is the humble leader that by example submits to God and the pastor without question. No grumbling ever, obedience that is instant, joyful and complete, all the time. When requested, discussion is healthy. Ministry leaders must also follow the same pattern or they will need to do other things.

The best SAS training institutes in India

The data analysis industry is growing at rocket-speed with more and more technologies developing every other day and old ones getting thrown on the obsolete pile. So, the key to maintain ones employability in the data science industry is to acquire a domain-specific training from a boutique institute. It is important to get compare if the available courses meet the expectations of the market and actually render you job-ready.

Here is our annual list of the leading SAS training institutes in India:
1. AnalytixLabs:

Headquartered at: Delhi, NCR

Mode of training: Both classroom as well as online

Cities of operation: through global training via online as well as on-site classes

Flagship programs: Data science, SAS training and R, Big Data Analyst Certification

Year of foundation: 2011

The faculties of AnalytixLab are former Mckinsey, ISB, IIM and IIT alumni with in-depth experience in the core field of data analytics. They offer high quality online classroom features with pioneering program ALABS.
2. Jigsaw Academy:

Headquartered at: Bangalore, Karnataka

Mode of training: instructor-led, real classroom

Cities of operation: Bangalore

Flagship programs: SAS, R, Excel, Data Science Specialization, Fraud analytics

Founded by industry experts like Gaurav Vohra, Sarita Digumarti and Priya Gupte founded this institute in order to train the analytics talent within the country. With vast range of experience in diverse fields these industry experts have now realized that analytics is the future of businesses. Hence, they have launches series of specialized courses on data science to nurture the data analytics students of the country.
3. International School of Engineering, Hyderabad

Headquartered at: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Mode of training: instructor-led, real classroom, hand-on training with lab sessions

Cities of operation: Hyderabad

This is the only institute that is certified by the prestigious organization of Language Technologies Institute (LTI) of CMU (Carneige Mellon University), USA. CMU has certified INSOFE on their assessment, content and pedagogy.
4. Dexlab Analytics, Delhi, NCR

Headquartered at: Gurgaon

Mode of training: Both classroom as well as online

Cities of operation: Gurgaon

A fairly new institute already picking up the pace to match with the industry leaders; Dexlab Analytics was founded by industry experts with in-depth experience in data analysis along with a diverse range of other allied fields. The trainer’s are actively associated with setting up the course curriculum hence the courses are up-to-date with real hands-on training provisions.
5. IMS Pro School

Headquartered at: Mumbai

Mode of training: real classroom and live virtual classes (webex technology used)

Cities of operation: Mumbai, New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Hyderabad

This institution is partnered with NSDC – National Skill Development Corporation which is an initiative of Union Ministry of Finance to offer proper skill developmental training to the Indian youth.