Can be tricky making training effective.
Some people know a lot already, some need to acquire basic knowledge. Being trained is exciting to some, scary for others. How do pitch it to draw such a disparate audience in, and make them grateful they were there?
Jesus told stories. Stories that drew people in. Evoked curiosity, surprise, relief, anger. Stories that conveyed truth past people’s defences. Stories that divided his audiences, which showed they were listening and getting the message.
Jesus showed people how to do it. Then let them have a go. Tempered them when they succeeded, and waited patiently, confidently, expectantly, until they had.
The Diocese didn’t do a bad job with the clergy and lay ministers who attended today!
Discipleship inspires discipleship.