The Core Training Programme was developed as a result of what was learned during the process of setting up Heavenly Crafts. Once the seed of the idea was recognised the next step was to come up with a plan to present to the church leadership.
Really is that the plan!
I decided to take a step back at that point and did not write the business plan. When I saw the business plan my heart sank. I was expecting a minimum of 4 sides answering a range of questions. Instead, it was enough text to fit on one side spread over two sides that left many of the questions I thought were essential unanswered.
The fact that some of those questions were left unanswered nearly scuppered the project before it ever set sail. The big issue for us was how were we going to connect with the people we wanted to serve. We all thought the others had the answer when the truth was none of us had the answer.
It was not until we tried to get started that the truth finally dawned on us. That was when we went to our fall back strategy i.e. prayer. OK, I know that should have been the first item on the to-do list in terms of setting up Heavenly Crafts but it was also the missing piece that made it work.
I knew that something had to be done to prevent the same thing from happening again when it was time to get another project off the ground. That was why I created a form so that next time it would just be a case of filling that in and passing it on.
That form that I have used a few times now is the basis of the Core Training programme. Well maybe it is not quite that easy as you understand why those questions are important and then think carefully where you are going to find the answers.
Why write up this core document?
Once that form is completed you have the core or basic outline of your business or project plan. You may find that over time you need to present a planning document to other people. For example, one supermarket chain in the UK will only help local non-profit organisations such as sports teams if they can produce a five year business plan that meets their criteria. Or you may need it to help you apply for funding.
There is another reason for writing up a document like this. It gives you a place to record everything you have heard during the time you have spent with the Lord Most High getting His advice and insight into what you should do and how. Yes, He may have given you additional advice and insight that you need to record as an addendum but by completing this form you will have the basic information in one place so that you can refer to it in the future.
Done right, it will also become a working document that will help you run your project. However, you have to start somewhere and the Core Training Programme helps you get off to a good start developing a planning document.
This is your chance to start on the right foot
It will show your supporters that you have really thought about what you want to do. There is no such thing as guaranteed success but you are far more likely to succeed if you have thought about how to overcome the obstacles before you start. You also get the chance to work out what comes first. I do not know about you but I find that I can have ideas whirling around my head all day long but it is not until I have written them down that they all come together into a single coherent whole.
So how are you going to do this?
Well, the core training programme is an online learning experience. There are a library of books within the Faithful Ladies Communities learning area and you will get access to all the relevant ones via the course dashboard. Also on the course dashboard is the access point for the recordings of the live sessions. These will probably be done via a video link, although if this proves too big a challenge for participants we can always defer to an audio link. Of course, it is better if you can come to the live sessions but as it is so much of a struggle being in two places at once there is the option to catch up later.
In terms of staying in touch with each other, I am going to try a few different options to see what people are comfortable with. There is the old-fashioned email group. OK, technology has moved on since they were the major means of social interaction online 10-15 years ago but they can be useful. There is the forum.
If you are interested in doing this programme. Please fill in the form below and you will be added to the mailing list so that you receive updates about when it will be running and how you can enrol on it. It is expected that this live and interactive course will cost about £400.