by BCBP Editor

By Beth Ginete, BCBP Makati
5-24-15 SLT Facilitators Training

Ten months after their Steward Leaders Training (SLT) course in July 2014, nineteen (19) BCBP brothers from different chapters/outreaches responded to the call to become the 2nd Batch of SLT Facilitators. The Facilitator’s Training was held at Scala Retreat House, Bacolod City from May 22-24, 2015 and conducted by Nancy Catan (Manila) and Beth Ginete (Makati).

The enthusiasm, interaction, fellowship and sharings among the group were truly spirit-filled and touched our hearts. This was an affirmation of the presence of the Holy Spirit, especially strong as we celebrated Pentecost Sunday on May 24th.

What qualifies a SLT graduate to become a Facilitator?
• Has committed to walk the BCBP Way of Life; a life in order
• Has successfully completed and participated actively in the Steward Leaders Training Retreat
• Has developed and committed to live out his Value System and Principle & Foundation
• Has internalized the SLT Principles of unconditional love in all his relationships, effective communication, delegation, problem-solving and synergy
• Is willing to step out in faith, to share his talent and life with others
• Has effective communication skills, and facility with language
• Is self-confident, proactive and has a positive attitude
• Possesses a spirit of friendliness, openness and sincerity
• Is willing to be of service, to practice and follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit

Several of the participants were surprised to know that Nancy and I have been giving the SLT frequently during the last 20 years since we took it under Fr. Herb Schneider. However, it was only in 2013 when we were able to finally train the 1st Batch of SLT Facilitators. Initially, many participants, both from Batches 1 and 2, shared that they felt unworthy, inadequate or not even qualified to become SLT Facilitators. We reassured them it was natural to feel that way. Thus, the 1stday of training was devoted in equipping the participants with know-how, skills in conducting the SLT, the dos and don’ts of being a Facilitator.

The challenges and highlights came on the 2nd and last day when our facilitators-in-training had to do the presentations themselves starting with how they can promote the SLT in their respective chapters or regions. Participants were grouped with their own area/regions so they could start working with each other, capitalizing and recognizing their own strengths and limitations. Each group took turns in delivering the parts of the SLT as if they were actually facilitating it. Constructive criticisms were given after every presentation. Eventually, each participant also learned to share their own observations and recommendations on how to improve on their presentations.

BCBP is blessed with so many talented and gifted leaders and members. Over the weekend, we strongly felt the presence of the Holy Spirit, in every worship, in every sharing, in the bible meditations and yes, even in every presentation. As in every SLT, the participants came out of the retreat more encouraged, more emboldened, more purposeful. With the 2nd Batch now certified as SLT Facilitators, we are confident that there will be more exciting and simultaneous SLT Retreats/Workshops spreading throughout our community. And as Facilitators, there can be no better training than living out and practicing on a daily basis the learnings and the principles of Steward Leadership .

With his commitment in the continuing development of BCBP leaders, our NSC Formation, Bro. Ronnie Caballero says,“Thank you so much for your efforts to ensure that SLT will be alive and well in the whole BCBP nation. With the training of passionate SLT facilitators, I eagerly await news of their first SLT batches hopefully within this calendar year for God’s glory!”

We encourage our AMDs/RCDs and Chapter Heads to support and encourage the conduct of SLT in their areas. It will definitely help our BCBP members in living a more purposeful and directed life, encouraging them to live a life of love and service to others in their families, workplace, community and in all their relationships in general.

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