In addition to providing discipleship resources, we see equipping churches and individuals to use them well as an important part of our work. We believe that it is important for those using the course to understand the method behind the course structure to use the materials most effectively.
We particularly recommend this training for those who are new to leading interactive group discussion. While an experienced group leader might well be able to run our courses without training, by a thorough reading of the Advisor's Guide and trying the course out themselves beforehand, we recommend that where possible they too attend an Advisor Training workshop. As well as the potential benefit to them personally, this enables us at CFM to build a network of Advisors and Facilitators who we can call on to help train up others.
Three training models in 2021
Online Video Training Resource for small groups
The CFM Online Video Training Resource for small groups is now available, making advisor training widely accessible. You can now host a Come Follow Me Advisor Training for 4 to 6 people in your home. We are hoping that this will enable more churches and individuals to prepare well before running CFM and anticipate that it will be especially valuable in situations where a live workshop is not possible.
The resource is a replica of the one day workshop, offered in four separate sessions. All the teaching and information is online in the form of video clips and information or questions for students to interact with. It simply requires someone to host it - to gather people together, print off a few handouts and set up a computer or screen with internet access to the course.
Zoom-based Online Advisor Training
During lockdown we have also developed a Zoom-based Online Advisor Training using the online video training resource. This makes CFM Advisor Training accessible to individuals not just groups, and opens up the possibility of training people in different nations at the same time.
Following a successful pilot course in June, we are now running regular Zoom-based Online Advisor Training public courses. Please encourage any contacts who may be considering using Come Follow Me with friends from a Muslim background to contact us to register their interest for the next course.
We provide live training through one day workshops for Come Follow Me Advisors. We run these workshops around the UK and Europe in partnership with local churches, Mahabba groups and other organisations.
Please note that as soon as lockdown restrictions are lifted we plan to offer live workshops again. We believe that the face to face interaction adds a valuable extra dimension to the training.