Training

“Living The Abiding Life” Basic Conference 

This introduction to abiding in Christ answers three simple questions:

How and why do I act the way I do?

How can I stop without effort?

How do I stay on track?

The teaching is most often offered in a 6- to 9-hour format. Some choose to offer this conference on a Friday evening and daytime Saturday, while others choose to do it nightly over Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The presentation utilizes a lecture format that is illustrated by diagrams and practical stories to illustrate the principles of abiding. The message of this conference is that there is nothing the nearness of Christ cannot heal. Other topics covered during this conference include:

  1. Why do sincere believers fail miserably?
  2. What difference does walking with Christ really make in life?
  3. How do I get free from habitual sin in my life?
  4. What does it mean to walk in the flesh?
  5. How do I overcome my past?
  6. What if I cannot forgive?
  7. What does Christ do for me that I cannot do for myself?
  8. What place do failure and problems have in my life?
  9. How do I get more faith if I do not have enough?
  10. How do I deal with Satan?
  11. What is the place of obedience in a believer’s life?
  12. How does abiding impact how I make decisions?
  13. How does Christ heal?
Advanced Training #1 “Discipling Foundations” (March 21-24 and October 24-27 in Hagerstown, MD)

Goal: Equip the discipler to present the basic principles of abiding in Christ. This training will answer the following three basic questions:

How and why do I act the way I do?

How do I stop without effort?

How do I stay on track?

Skills learned in this module include the following:

…taking a history

…giving and interpreting a Unique Self Test

…applying of the disciple’s life history

…offering practical strategies for spiritual warfare

…identifying the disciple’s real problem

…avoiding getting off target

…dealing with a resistant disciple

…letting people fail

…measuring success

This training is presented over a long weekend, starting on Friday and going through Monday.

 

Advanced Training #2 “Discipling for Marriage”  (May 2-5, Hagerstown, MD)

Goal: This training builds on the basic principles of abiding and applies them specifically to working with married couples. This training adjusts some of the basic diagrams to demonstrate how to utilize them with married couples, as well as adding several new diagrams.

This training answers three basic questions:

Why has this relationship gone wrong?

How can this relationship be fixed?

How can we keep the relationship on track?

Skills learned in the module include …

… identifying for each person in the relationship how he is impacting the marriage

…describing how and why the baggage (unique self and history) of each person in the marriage conflicts with the other

…giving practical examples of what trusting Christ would look like in this marriage

…identifying how the enemy is likely to attack the marriage for the future

… leading the couple in understanding of how to deal with the enemy’s attack on their marriage

…helping the couple discover the difference between forgiveness and trust, and how they are both achieved

…helping the individuals understand how Christ can meet their needs so they have all they need to serve each other

…defining what losing life looks like in a marriage

This training is presented over a long weekend, starting on Friday and going through Monday.

 

Advanced Training #3 “Advanced Discipleship Concepts”  (May 30-June 2, Hagerstown, MD)

Goal:  This training expands the concepts covered in Advanced Training #1 by giving further detail and insight into the three questions. It also gives insight about how to do ongoing discipleship.

While the foundational questions from Advanced Training #1 will be used, other skills and subjects to be covered will be as follows:

…following up with the disciple

…knowing what to do when one says it does not work

…understanding what role problems play in life

… dealing with failure

…seeing the deeper deceptions of the enemy as one begins to abide

…understanding what heavenly discipleship looks like

…understanding what heavenly accountability looks like

…seeing what role offenders play in my life

… dealing with a setback in my disciple’s life

…defining the normal path of learning to abide in Christ

…recognizing what Christ is doing in me and in the life of the disciple

…getting my focus right

This training is presented over a long weekend, starting on Friday and going through Monday.

Advanced Training #4 “Integrated Principles of Abiding” ( August 22-29 in Hagerstown, MD)

Goal:  This training presents all of the principles of Advanced Training #1, #2, and #3 in a seven-day training week. This training is designed for those who cannot break up their training time into three segments. The goals are the same, and most of the diagrams are utilized. This is an intensive schedule of morning, afternoon, and evening training.

 

Advanced Training #5 “Discipling Students” (September 26-29, Hagerstown, MD)

This training builds on the basic principles of abiding and applies them specifically to working with teenagers by answering the following questions:

Why do I act the way I do?

How can I stop?

How can I stay on track?

Skills learned in this module include the following:

…taking a history

…giving and interpreting a shortened version of the Unique Self Test

…understanding history

…offering practical strategies for spiritual warfare

…identifying the student’s real problem

…helping the student understand how Christ can be the source for his personal value

…helping the student discover why his way is not working

…understanding how failure can play a big part in the student’s journey to freedom

…practically describing what it means to trust Christ rather than himself for daily living

…teaching students to hear God’s voice

This training is experienced in a long weekend, starting on Friday and going through Monday.

 

Advanced Training #6 “The Napkin Presentation” (July 18-20 in Denver, CO; Aug 8,9 (part 1) 29,30 (part 2) and Oct 24-27 in Hagerstown, MD)

This training demonstrates the principles of abiding in a much more condensed form, assuming that there will be no printed diagrams used during a relatively short amount of time to share with an individual. It is our thought that this could work for any believer while on break at the Starbucks or sitting at the McDonalds at lunch, sharing with an acquaintance while illustrating points on the back of a napkin. This module covers as few diagrams as possible while covering the heart of the message of abiding in Christ.

For more information about the trainings, prerequisites or any other questions, please contact Karen Lester.  As soon as dates are available for these trainings, they will be posted on the calendar of the website.

Contact info: Karen & Tim Lester, 13138 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD  21740.
Karen 301-992-9897
Karen email:  karenalmi@gmail.com