Whether it’s that class you took at university, your workplace induction, or a sermon at church, listening and learning can be tough to do. Whether it’s our stomachs dragging our attention away from what we’re supposed to be learning, or the nervousness surround a new and tricky topic we’re learning about, it’s easy to get distracted or think we can come back to it later.
But safe ministry is an area where we don’t want to cut corners or forget what we’ve learned minutes after we’ve finished our training. It’s all about the safety of those who are vulnerable, which is something that we as churches should be passionate about.
Here are 3 ways to get the most out of your training.
Do Your Training Regularly
It’s simple, but it’s effective. Just like anything in life, the more it’s repeated, the more likely you are to absorb the information. The more you do your training, the more you’ll understand and pick up on the importance of safe ministry. Each time you do the training courses, you’ll learn the same things and have them reinforced. See what we mean?
Taking notes is one of the easiest ways to keep your concentration on the task at hand, especially when doing your safe ministry training. It seems strange, but sitting down with pad and paper will help you to think about the crucial information to take down. “What should I be remembering or learning here?”
We also recommend you do this with a pen or pencil. Taking note on your phone or your computer is likely to distract you. Notifications, emails, and text messages won’t appear on a white A4 sheet!
Talk With Someone Else About Your Training
A great way to consolidate your learning is by communicating it to someone else. Right before you do your training, message someone to say “I’m about to do some training for safe ministry. I’d love to chat with you about it afterwards to that I can reinforce what I’ve learnt.” The accountability will help to make sure you’re paying attention during your training. You can also chat about the questions after each video.
These are just a few ideas. Have any of your own? Let us know by contacting us through the contact details on our website.