course is one thing, but to have a Prayer Revival is another. What is required is an impartation of the anointing of prayer. One tool I use help achieve this is the video I shot over the 12 days I was at Pastor David Yonngi Cho's church in Seoul, Korea. The prayer anointing on that church will come on your church members. Every Pastor has testified they have never seen their members pray with such a sustained intensity and fervency, on completion of this Prayer Revival series. We impart this prayer anointing to the students every night by the laying on of hands. A praying church is a happening church.É WHO SHOULD DO THE LECTURING? Ê
Hole 18 leadership training courses, especially Human Relation Skills training, Management by Measurement training, and Shepherding training - which we are available to also help you with. You will never build a church with leaders lacking in Human Relation Skills - that's like trying to build a quality house with workers who've never laid a brick before - something for which you'll be very sorry down the road - cutting corners always costs. It's also impossible to maintain sustained growth in a church that is not well managed according to sound Biblical principles.
Initially the Senior Pastor should teach every training course at least once. This is to firstly ensure that he is happy with the content of each lecture and allow him to edit it to fit in with his vision and doctrine. Each lecture should be recorded so future lecturer's can listen to the Pastors tapes, to catch his vision and heart; also to get the Word in their spirit before they lecture.É LAYMAN'S VS BIBLE SCHOOL Ê
In time the Pastor can delegate this responsibility to someone (or to several) with a strong teacher motivation and anointing.
The Layman's lectures are full and need someone with a teaching motivation who can put his head down and teach - not a waffler.
The Layman's program is directed at the 97% of members who do not have a call to start their own ministry, but want to help their Pastor build their local church. Every course was designed to be practical to help the members live an overcoming and obedient Christian life. Lectures are only one night a week, so all can find the time to get involved.É WHY DO THE STUDENTS GET HOMEWORK AND TESTS FOR EACH LECTURE? Ê
Bible School is geared for the 3% of members who sense the call of God to full time ministry, and the courses geared for that purpose.
It has been proven that if an intelligent person hears a lecture just once, and is tested a week later, his retention is only 10%. However, if he reads over the notes of that same lecture a few times during the week, his retention increases to 90%. Satan would love our retention of God's Word to only be 10%. We preferred our students having a 90% retention. I'm sure every Pastor feels the same way.É TIPS ON LECTURING FROM NOTES Ê
Knowing they had to begin the next weeks session with a 10 minute 'True or False' test (format chosen for quick marking), with an 80% pass mark, our students had the necessary motivation to study their notes during the week.
Therefore, you will find most notes on the Layman's School of Training fairly comprehensive, with all the Scriptures typed out in full and highlighted. This really helps the students with their studying and revising of each weeks lecture.
As a Bible teacher I've done courses with skimpy point form notes, which no one but the author, who has the revelation of the subject, can understand. The Layman's School has overcome this shortfall.
The notes on the Layman's School of Training are fairly comprehensive for reasons explained in the above point.É ATTENDANCE REGISTER AND COST Ê
Don't be overwhelmed by the volume of the material. Just take it a step at a time, a lecture each week. It is obviously overwhelming to try to scan through two years material in one day and give up. Don't do this.
Get each lecture into your spirit with this 3 day study plan:-
i) Read over the lecture once, two days before you lecture, just to get a general feel of the lecture. Don't be concerned about fully understanding it at this point. Don't do any editing on this first day either.
ii) Read over the lecture a second time the day before you lecture to get a clearer understanding of its contents.
Now you're in a position to start making minor changes you feel you need to.
Train yourself to read, study and edit directly off your computer screen.
iii) Finally, 'make it your own' by meditating on the lecture the day you're going to preach it, to get the full revelation of it into your spirit. Make your final changes and print it out for your secretary to make copies for the students.
You need to minister from an overflow of 'revelation knowledge' pouring out your spirit man. I've highlighted all the key thoughts in bold and secondary thoughts are underlined. A lecturer must never read the notes to the students. This they can do by themselves at home. It's also boring, especially if you're not an outstanding reader.
So I teach from an overflow in my heart, jumping from one bold key thought to the next.
We sold the notes to the students so they could follow with the lecturer. The notes are full of Scripture which I would read, emphasizing the bold and underlined portions. No time was wasted for the students to have to look up Scripture.
You'll preach your best when you speak from an 'overflow of truth' in your spirit man. What you put in during the 3 sessions of preparation will come pouring out. You'll feel good, the students will love it - and they'll be back.
An ill prepared lecturer will kill and reduce a class to nothing in no time at all, and then blame it on the Layman's or an uncommitted bunch of people.
Give every lecture your very best - nothing less will do for Jesus.
Remember, the time you're investing is for the training of disciples. Being one of your top "Key Result Areas," make sure you do a fantastic job.
Nugget: Act enthusiastic and you'll be enthusiastic.
We need to teach with love, power, authority and conviction - like Jesus did, of Whom they said, "Never did a man speak the way this man speaks, for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes."
One of my secretaries (or voluntary helpers) kept an attendance register and signed the students in for every night of the course. The students bought their notes for only $2.00 to $5.00 a night. People don't treat something they get for free, with the same respect as something they paid for. (Some Pastors thoughtfully sow half of these monies into our ministry every month, for which we are grateful and bless their ministry). É WHY ARE THE LECTURES IN A QUESTION AND ANSWER FORMAT? Ê
With their notes they also received their tests, which they completed before the lecture started, and handed in before they went home.
The only other fee our students paid was a one time $20 registration fee for the whole 18 Hole Layman's program.
In Africa we waived the fee for students who did not have the money.
We welcome all to freely download and peruse all training courses and lecture notes, but Pastors, Teachers and Leadership Trainers need to first agree for their churches to SOW INTO Smiley Papenfus Revival Ministries, Inc. before using these Church Growth materials.
I learned this format from a senior, experienced and powerful minister in the early days of my ministry.É WHY ARE THE LAYMAN'S LECTURES ON COMPUTER AND NOT IN A PRINTED FORMAT? Ê
It keeps the lecturer and the students focussed on each specific point. No wasted time running off on minor tangents. No students with wondering minds. They know exactly what point you're driving home.
Once you've used this format, you'll fall in love with it. For lecturing it's very powerful.
No one man can compile a universal program that will be perfect for every church. Each church needs to take an outstanding program and use it as a basis to work from. However, I'm confident you'll be happy with well over 90% of the Layman's materials. The beauty of having it on computer is you can edit each lecture week by week during your preparation time. You can shorten it, add in a favorite scripture, put in your churches name, etc, without having to retype the whole lecture. You can edit and improve each lecture after teaching it, to have it just as you want it for next time. This makes the Layman's School very adaptable and flexible.É DEFAULT TRANSLATION Ê
You know the preachers adage, that there are 3 sermons - the one you prepared, the one you preached and the one you should have preached.
I chose my favorite translation, the NAS as the default translation. From my research, I am convinced it is the most powerful and accurate English translation available. However, I'm not bound to it as you'll discover by reading the Layman's lectures.É WHY WINDOWS "WRITE" AS A WORD PROCESSOR? Ê
One of my favorite study tools is "The Word" from 26 Translations, and as you'll discover, I've selected whichever translation expresses itself most clearly and powerfully.
Write (*.wri) is the greatest "Little" word processor that came free with Windows 3.x. Write has 2 advantages. Firstly write files are small making them quick to download off the internet. Secondly write files are importable by any Windows word processor like Word, Word-Perfect, Ami-Pro, etc, making Layman's notes accessible to all the folks out there who use a 'different' word processor. But why not just leave the notes in a Write format? It's power will amaze you, plus it's the easiest Word Processor I've ever used for straight and simple text.É HOW TO ACCESS THE ELECTRONIC FILES OF THE LAYMAN'S SCHOOL Ê
When you download and unzip a hole it will automatically create a Directory (or Folder) Tree as indicated below.É WHICH FONTS ARE BEST? Ê
The 'Folder Titles' for the rest of the 18 holes can be found by going to that particular hole number on this web-site.
Using File Manager simply go to the correct Folder of the course you're studying by clicking on it, and then double click on the specific file or lecture you want to open. (In Windows 95/98 File Manager can be opened by clicking on Start, Run, type in 'Winfile' and click on OK).
Think of a Folder as a drawer of a filing cabinet.
The Files (or lectures) have names, and are simply stored in these drawers (or Folders).
The clearest font to read on computer screen is Times New Roman - point size 12. Therefore most Layman's files are in this format.É (SERIOUSLY) CONSIDER METRIC Ê
However, my all time favorite font to PREACH FROM is Universal - point size 11 (though some prefer 12). It is a plain easy to read font with a wonderful 'bold-type' that really stands out. With all my 'Key Words' in 'bold-type', this makes it very easy to preach from an 'overflow in my heart'.
I've included Universal and 6 other great fonts for you to download.
All borders for Layman's files are Metric as opposed to the outdated US system. Metric has been chosen as the rest of the world uses it, and because it's far simpler. Anyone who is familiar with both systems (as I am), will testify that it's far quicker to make a margin 1, 2, or 3 cm's as opposed to using fractions of an inch, e.g.:-É CHANGING YOUR COMPUTER TO METRIC IS ALSO AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3 Ê
1 cm = .394"
2 cm = .784"
3 cm = 1.181"
Why type long fractions when you can simply type 1, 2, or 3. Works for me!
From your Control Panel double click on 'Regional Settings'. Click on 'Number' and finally the down arrow for 'Measurement System'. Select 'Metric'. You can backslide and switch back to inches anytime you want.