Trainers are much like Starters, but they go a step further: they equip their disciples to train others in the same way. As a result, they quickly see not only daughter churches but granddaughters and great-granddaughters as well which often appear in multiple streams. Trainers invest most heavily in believers who are faithful and effective.
The most typical representation of this level is Timothy. Paul urged him to invest in “faithful men who will be able to teach others also”(2 Tim 2.2b). No doubt, Timothy observed this coming to fruition in his own work.
Reaching Down: Help the Starter to Become a Trainer
If you are a Trainer, you've not only started multiple groups but you have raised up disciples that have gone out to do the same. A key part of your work is to find Starters and help them to become Trainers as well, so help them work through the Starter training.
Reaching Up: Moving from Trainer to Catalyst
Trainers are highly influential, but they can have world-reaching effects by transcending the Exit Barrier . This propels them into a place of broader reach, both geographically and demographically. Find a few Catalytic workers who can spur you on and help you to develop these broader skills.
Skills and activities that will help you move Trainers to become Catalysts:
Accountability to One Another
- Meet with pastors or church leaders in your area to encourage them and to cast vision for discple-making movements
- Find Starters to be a model for them (let them use Models)
- Spend 20 hours with Catalysts, observing how they do their work, using Models
- Participate in an Iron-on-Iron event
Intimacy with God
- Watch the video clip from Schindler's List, "I Could Have Done More"
- Pray for a God-sized vision for your entire region and create a statement of vision that captures it
- Establish a prayer network to increase prayer for your region and workers
- Read "The Bible in World Evangelization"
- Read "The Fivefold Ministry"
- Read through books of the Bible: 2 Timothy, 1 Peter, Jude
Multiplication of the Kingdom
- Read about the characteristics of a church planting movement
- Do a study of Paul's Three Journeys
- Draw a generation map of churches and groups that have emerged in your region
- Read “Spontaneous Multiplication"
- Read "Dependency"
best done as a group exercise
something disciples can do on their own
A disciple becomes a Catalyst when they step away from a movement—entrusting it to the local leaders—to become involved in other movements.