For the past 15 years Timothy Leadership Training (TLT) has contributed to significant church renewal and to kingdom growth in communities around the world.
What makes this educational process so effective is that it meets the needs of Christian leaders and those they serve:
- The need for training which takes into account the limited academic education and reading skills of many Christian leaders. TLT training is designed to be accessible to those who have a limited education while remaining motivational and relevant for those more highly educated.
- The need for training which does not depend on sustained finances from outside the country or the region in which the training takes place. TLT training has been shown to be affordable, even in the most economically deprived countries of the world. As such, it has contributed to overcome attitudes of unhealthy dependency.
- The need for training which can be readily reproduced without the need to establish and maintain elaborate academic structures. TLT helps meet this need insofar as trainees acquire, during their initial period of training, the vision and skills needed to train others.
- The need for programs that contribute to break down traditional denomination barriers which separate Christian leaders. TLT is ecumenical insofar as it brings together leaders from different traditions who, during the training, learn to appreciate each other and to collaborate in ministry.
- The need for training which goes beyond prevalent models of education largely based on "information transmission and retention." TLT contributes to the development of mature discipleship by developing attitudes and skills acquired through group reflection and discovery, for example: active listening, critical thinking and the ability to clearly formulate ones ideas.
- The need for training which integrates action and reflection in such a way that trainees learn to put into practice new ideas acquired. A close relationship between ideas and their implementation is maintained throughout the TLT learning process. In addition, through the action plan process, trainees learn to exercise intentional Christian leadership in the light of expected Kingdom change.
- The need for training which develops the vision and skills necessary to focus on God's grace in a person's own life and in the life of God's people. Throughout its history, the Christian church has often struggled to overcome tendencies toward legalism. This danger has been particularly acute during periods of rapid church growth. TLT enables leaders to overcome an unhealthy emphasis on rules and ritual to focus on the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ.