All trainees must have been participants in four to six hours of MYW workshop themselves, and with the intent of learning for their own benefit. Ask them why they have come. If potential trainers only come to collect soemthing for the benefit of others, ask them to stay twice as long in the MYW workshop until they ‘get it’ for themselves.
Thereafter the minimum leaders’ training schedule requires three hours.
Note how in session three below it is good to have present a few people who are not preparing to be leaders. Pre-arrange this.
Discuss "What were the major benefits to you of being a participant in the MYW workshop?" Discuss thata personal narrauve level, observe the diversity. These can be summarised into the six factors used for evaluating each workshop session. These factors are used in the session 3 below.(30mins)
The leader goes step by step in an overview of the manual and how each section fits together, what its particular aims are, and advises on any particular hints or corrections. (30mins)
The trainees are placed into groups of three. Any visitors (not there to be trained as leaders of the workshop) may also be assigned to these groups. To them it will be just like another MYW workshop session, and their presence will in fact help the group to function better.
Each small group is assigned three sessions to lead, and each trainee chooses one of them. It does not matter which one.They then take fifteen minutes preparation time for their session. (Perhaps visitors could bring them coffee now?)
Each one then takes twenty-five minutes to lead their session in their small group only. Some variations need to be adopted for this to work
a. Whereas in the main workshop, there are two separate segments where the buzz groups talk and then feedback on to the Board, in this training session these are done simultaneously.
b. The small size of the group makes it very hard to gain the usual range of answers. The leaders will therefore have to ask more leading questions, as well as be a contributor themselves. This is quite difficult.
c. It is obviously not expected with such short preparation time that the trainees will master the process and the content, but it is surprising how much they can manage if they adhere to the six factors of evaluation, especially just follow the manual.
d. They must keep to time strictly.
e. The Trainer of leaders will circulate briefly to each small group like a "fly on the wall", and help where needed:
f. The first twenty minutes are session time, the last five minutes are self evaluation and feedback time.
The leader of that session begins to go through the six factors, one by one, and offers comment on how well they felt they did with that factor. Scoring out of ten is a handy way to do this at first, but therefater ti shound be yes/no. At each point, the others in the group will give their feedback on the same factor from their view on the receiving end. This removes the tendency to gloss.
Three trainees in each session, each taking thirty minutes, plus twenty minutes in preparation – all this should take two hours. Now 90 minutes more and you are done.
Session 4. Take time to discuss these questions
a. First question is not about leadership but about participation. What was it like this time, being a participant in these trainee sessions, compared with the last time when you were simply a participant in the workshop? Was this one of value to you as a witnessing individual?" Note the answers for the sake of the leaders who probably feel sure they didn’t do very well. How much it depends on the attitude of the particpants who want to learn!
b."Second question is about you in this leadership practise. What have you learned about leadership of the MYW workshop?" (30mins)
Discuss the leaders notes about the practicalities of arranging, leading, and following through on a workshop. Refer to the MYWwebsite and the benefits to self and others of reading and contributing to it. (30mins)
Pray for the spread of the gospel throughout the world, and commission each other to the task of authentic community engagement. The End.