is Class 101, 201, and 301 and how do we start them
at our church?
do we get the level of commitment we have from people
you explain the Baseball Diamond strategy?
do we train our people for the different ministries
they are involved in at Saddleback?
do you move members around the baseball diamond?
101 (Discovering Church Membership) is
the first of Saddleback's basic courses and covers
such topics as salvation, baptism and communion,
along with the purposes, targets, structure and
affiliations of our church.
201 (Discovering Spiritual Maturity) is
the second of Saddleback's basic classes and focuses
on the four basic habits every Christian needs to
grow to spiritual maturity: Time in God's Word,
Prayer, Tithing, and Fellowship.
301 (Discovering My Ministry) is the third
of Saddleback's basic classes. The goals of this
class are to help participants discover their unique
SHAPE for ministry and commit to developing and
using their God given gifts and abilities in serving
God and others in the church family.
401 (Discovering My Mission, not yet offered)
helps members find their life mission as they seek
to live out God's purpose for their life in ministry.
are offered simultaneously on one Sunday each month,
usually 11 months of the year. Childcare is provided
as well as dinner for the parents attending the class.
(We ask that children bring a sack lunch, and a basket
is set out at dinner for free will donations to help
cover the cost.)
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back to the Life Development process and the Baseball
Diamond Strategy which is the CLASS
And Service Seminars)
system at Saddleback. As people take each class (or
cover each base) they are led to different levels
of commitment by baby steps. They realize that commitment
is not something that happens over night, but comes
from taking baby steps in ones personal maturity
growth as well as their involvement within the church.
With each new class comes a deeper commitment and
a deeper involvement level in the body of Christ.
Pastor Rick's book in Part Two he explains the disciple-making,
or education process encourages people to act on what
they learn and rewards them when they do is called
the Life Development Process at Saddleback Church.
We use the simple diagram of a baseball diamond to
visually explain our education and assimilation process
to our members. Each base represents a completed class
and a deeper level of commitment. Pastor Rick goes
into great detail regarding this strategy in Part
Five of his book in the chapter on Building Up the
Church (Chapter 17,18 and 19, pgs. 309-392).
centerpiece of our lay ministry training process is
SALT, a bimonthly two hour training rally held for
the core of our church. The agenda for SALT includes
an extended time of focused worship, recognition of
all ministries, testimonies from the field, commissioning
of new Shepherd Leaders, prayer in groups, "insider"
church news, ministry training and a "vision"
message by our senior pastor on the values, vision
and character qualities and skills needed for ministry.
is addressed in a workshop tape available from Encouraging
Word called "Moving People Around the Bases".
This is also discussed at length in Pastor Rick's
book, The Purpose Driven Church,
available through the Encouraging