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  1. What is Class 101, 201, and 301 and how do we start them at our church?
  2. How do we get the level of commitment we have from people at Saddleback?
  3. Can you explain the Baseball Diamond strategy?
  4. How do we train our people for the different ministries they are involved in at Saddleback?
  5. How do you move members around the baseball diamond?

What is Class 101, 201, and 301 and how do we start them at our church?

Class 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.
Class 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.
Class 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.
Class 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.

These CLASSes 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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How do we get the level of commitment we have from people at Saddleback?

We refer back to the Life Development process and the Baseball Diamond Strategy which is the CLASS (Christian Life 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 one’s 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.

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Can you explain the Baseball Diamond strategy?

In 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).

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How do we train our people for the different ministries they are involved in at Saddleback?

The 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.

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How do you move members around the baseball diamond?

This topic 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 Word.

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