Key concepts of BLS

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Basic Leadership School

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Basic Leadership School

Key Concepts and Values of the Basic Leadership School

Goal: Train staff up to do a great job leading the DTS.

  • Most of the skills are of course transferable but that is incidental. Whenever leadership is mentioned people drool at the possibility of training people to lead in general. We must resist that temptation -- if we train them to do a great job leading a DTS then they will have excellent skills that could be applied in many different circumstances. If however we focus too much on training the staff for another 'job out there' then they may not do the best job leading the DTS.
  • BLS Leader can be the same as the DTS Leader. If not the DTS leader then they must be in close contact with the DTS so the training will be relevant.
  • The training is 'just-in-time' training. The training is delivered just before it is needed and not a long way before. And of course training is only delivered if it is needed! If all the staff have a particular skill then no training is needed. In practice the BLS leader (together with the DTS leader) is always thinking about what is coming up tomorrow, next week, next month and talking to the staff to see what if anything needs to be learned or refreshed in their memory.
  • By the end of the school the staff will be good at all the skills and activities associated with leading the school. To that end, there is a 'menu' of skills to be acquired on the KnowledgeBase. (BLS course Content)
  • The role of the BLS Leader is to train and support the DTS school staff rather than to do the job of leading the DTS themselves. (It multiplies leadership.)
  • Regular small groups on the DTS are pretty important for students & staff -- to process the lecture/teaching material in a way that involves every DTS person, secondly to model and practice small group life because next year they might be in Kazakstan without us! And thirdly, it gives a lot of opportunity for staff to learn to lead. Typically the DTS would have a small group each day.
  • Similarly the BLS meet for an hour to an hour and a half each day too to pray for the DTS and to learn together.

Perhaps the greatest need in the expansion Kingdom of God and the completion of the Great Commission is for Christians who are able to make disciples for the Lord Jesus Christ who will in turn make further disciples. (Matthew 28:18 --- 20 and 2 Timothy 2:2) Certainly we in YWAM will never be able to do all God has given us to do without a continual influx of competent leaders. The goal of the BLS (Basic Leadership School) is just that --- to learn to make disciples who will make other disciples within the context of the Great Commission.

The BLS then is

  • a leadership development program that is integrated into a DTS
  • training school staff to run a brilliant DTS
  • an apprenticeship in leadership training
  • based on Jesus' model of primarily small group and secondarily one-to-one learning while 'on-the-job'.

The BLS has the following objectives

  • to help staff develop the skills required to run a brilliant DTS
  • to train the leader for the job of small group leader on the DTS. ie building biblical truth into people's lives, and leading them out to share their faith et al.
  • to see godly character develop in the leader
  • to give the leader opportunity to find their place of ministry in YWAM
  • to give the leader a basic training in Christian leadership
  • to lead a group of DTS students to discover their place in missions and to help them play their part in missions. (Often through outreach to the base's targeted nation.)

Through the responsibility of leading a small group of DTS students every day for seven months, the group leader develops leadership, discipling and evangelistic skills. In particular the areas of leadership that are developed are:

  • Helping a small group of people discover and apply basic biblical truths in an understandable way
  • Helping people to open up their lives to God and to other people
  • Coaching people in ministering to one another through prayer and spiritual gifts
  • Leading people to share their faith with non-Christians
  • Pioneering aspects of leadership through the responsibility of leading or co-leading a team in out-reach after the main DTS outreach phase is over
  • More work needs to be done on these and other definitions.

The DTS will take place at the same time as the BLS and will be an integral part of the school.

Although classroom teaching is included, the training is not a course of lectures. The emphasis is not on the theory but on the practice. The training takes place while the leader has the responsibility of discipling a small group of people and leading them in outreach. Alongside this is the intention of passing on leadership to the DTS students as they are able to bear the responsibility. The majority of BLS students will repeat the BLS a second time moving from assistant small group leader to main group leader bearing greater responsibility.


steve-the-not-so-hasty 00:38, 12 May 2008 (CEST)