Instructor Training and Certification Program

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Overview

As people experience the benefits of practicing relational wisdom and see how it can be used to spread the gospel, they frequently ask, “How can I share these life-changing principles with other people?” We love that question!

RW Training Options and Opportunities describes fifteen simple ways that you can practice and share relational wisdom (RW) in your sphere of influence. If you’d like to be even more proactive, there are several ways that you can introduce others to relational wisdom.

  1. Course Moderator
  2. RW Training Representative
  3. Certified RW Instructor
  4. RW Coach or Conciliator (spring-fall 2020)

Note: RW360 sponsors an Annual Conference for people who have been accepted into or completed any of our advanced training programs for Training Representatives, Certified Instructors, RW Coaches and Christian Conciliators. The 2020 retreat is scheduled for September 29-October 3, in Red Lodge Montana (details here). This gathering is optional for Training Reps, but Certified Instructors, Coaches and Conciliators are required to attend at least one retreat every three years to keep their skills and relationships current.

1. Course Moderator

One of the easiest ways to introduce others to relational wisdom is to moderate a small group study, using either our online or DVD materials, which are available in both a faith-based version for Christian settings (Discovering Relational Wisdom 3.0) and a values-based version for secular settings (Exploring Relational Wisdom 3.0). The online courses are available through our RW Academy and the DVD versions are available through our Bookstore.

There is no advanced training required to serve as a moderator of such groups since all of the actual teaching is provided through the course videos. As a moderator, your role is simply to recruit group members, set a study pace (typically one lesson per week), schedule and host meetings (in person or by phone or video conferencing) and to lead discussions using the application questions in the course. More detailed suggestions for leading a group are available with the course materials.

If you decide to moderate private study groups, we encourage you to continue growing in your understanding of relational skills and biblical peacemaking by reading some of the books on our Recommended Reading page, especially, The Peacemaker (by Ken Sande), Feelings and Faith (by Brian Borgman), Emotional Intelligence 2.0 (by Bradberry and Greaves) and Emotional Intelligence (by Dan Goleman).

2. RW Training Representative

If you have led at least two group studies and would like to be even more proactive in introducing others to relational wisdom and to the gospel itself, we invite you to consider being approved as an RW Training Representative.

Training Reps are authorized to use RW360 PowerPoint presentations, videos, study guides and pamphlets to provide introductory presentations on relational wisdom. As illustrated in Using RW for Witnessing and Evangelism, these presentations can be made using either our faith-based or values-based materials, and can take place in a wide variety of Christian and secular venues, including churches, nonprofits, businesses, schools, sports camps, police and fire departments, city councils, state legislatures and military bases.

These presentations typically last from 30 minutes to two hours and are designed to provide a compelling introduction to the benefits of relational wisdom (e.g., Employers Reap a Double Benefit from RW Training) and to inspire individuals to pursue full training online or through a DVD-based group study.

The ideal outcome of a presentation is that the hosting organization will decide to cover the cost of giving all of their employees access to online or DVD-based training in relational wisdom (see Training Your Staff  in a Business, School or Other Organization).

Training Rep Characteristics

To be effective in this role, a Training Rep needs to possess the following characteristics:

  1. A love for and solid understanding of God’s Word.
  2. A passion for seeing others come to a saving faith through the gospel of Christ.
  3. A genuine interest in other people and a demonstrated ability to develop close relationships by living out the principles of relational wisdom.
  4. A proven gift for and significant experience in teaching or public speaking.
  5. The ability to generate a steady flow of presentation opportunities. This will typically involve a gift for promotion and marketing and/or being in a position that provides natural, ongoing access to potential students, such as a helping, education, training or human relations position in a denomination, network, business, seminary or school.
  6. The ability to commit a significant amount of time to learning, promoting and teaching relational wisdom.

This training is available only in the United States until we develop a system to effectively oversee Training Reps in other countries.

Application Requirements

Before applying for our RW Training Representative Program, please complete the following steps:

  1. Review the detailed Training Requirements listed below.
  2. Watch this Serving as an RW Training Representative, which provides a detailed overview of the opportunities for promoting relational wisdom, as well as the responsibilities, resources and methods that are involved in this type of ministry.
  3. Complete the Discovering Relational Wisdom 3.0 online course and demonstrate a solid mastery of the principles in all 8 lessons by answering at least half of the discussion questions in each lesson, which will be submitted to RW360 for review. (Note: the first time you go through this course, you can do it with a group of friends and use this experience as one of the two study groups you are required to lead to become a Training Rep.)
  4. Complete crossover lessons 4 and 6 in the values-based course, Exploring Relational Wisdom 3.0, answering at least half of the discussion questions in each lesson, which will be submitted to RW360 for review. (Crossover links are provided in the Discovering RW 3.0 course so you do not need to register for the Exploring RW 3.0 course.)
  5. Successfully lead at least two small groups through Discovering Relational Wisdom 3.0, using either the online course or DVD course. Each group should include at least three students.
  6. Review RW360’s Statement of Faith, which must be affirmed by all Training Reps and Certified Instructors.
  7. Submit an RW Training Representative Application form.
  8. Compile copies of your Personal Study Notes from the Discovering Relational Wisdom 3.0 course and the crossover Exploring RW lessons into a single document (Word or pdf), and email them to our Director of Training at jeff@rw360.org.

Our Director of Training will review your application and your Personal Study Notes from the online course. If it appears that you are qualified to become an RW Training Rep and we have current openings in the program, he will contact you to schedule a telephone interview to explore your goals and alignment for this training in more detail. If we conclude that you are a good fit for this training, we will notify you of your acceptance into the Training Rep Program.

Training Requirements

Once you have been formally accepted into this program, you will need to complete these steps to be approved as an RW Training Representative:

  1. All of the steps listed in the previous Application Requirements section.
  2. Pay a registration fee of $200 (see this payment page). We encourage married couples to work together. Therefore we invite spouses to apply to become Training Reps for half (50%) of the regular fee.
  3. Affirm RW360’s Statement of Faith.
  4. Obtain three positive personal references, one of which must come from your pastor, and three positive assessments from individuals who have participated in an RW small group study you’ve led (see email templates here).
  5. Read The Peacemaker (Sande), Emotional Intelligence 2.0 (Bradberry and Greaves), and assigned RW/EI articles, and write 500-1,000 word summaries for each book and 100-200 word summaries for each article.
  6. Complete an online EI evaluation (from Emotional Intelligence 2.0 book).
  7. Make at least two introductory RW presentations of at least 30 minutes each, with positive assessments from the participants.
  8. Record one of these presentations for review by RW360’s Director of Training.
  9. Sign an RW Training Representative Independent Contractor Agreement.
  10. Although it is not a requirement for initial approval, all Training Reps and Instructors will be encouraged to complete new supplemental courses we plan to add to our foundational training series in the months ahead (e.g., Biblical Peacemaking, Advanced RW Skills, Neurology of Emotions, and Using RW for Witnessing and Evangelism).
  11. Meet annual continuing education and teaching requirements (see details below).
  12. Forward all of the work described above to RW360’s Director of Training at jeff@rw360.org.

Our Director of Training will review your completed work. If you have demonstrated a firm grasp of the central principles of relational wisdom and the ability to make a cogent RW presentation, you will be approved as an RW Training Representative.

Licensing as Independent Contractors

RW Training Representatives are licensed to make presentations on relational wisdom using RW360 study guides, PowerPoint presentations, video clips, and promotional materials. Training Reps will market and teach these materials as independent contractors.

Presentations made by Training Reps are typically offered as a form of community engagement and evangelistic ministry rather than as a means to generate income. However, Training Reps are free to accept compensation for the cost of travel and materials, as well as honorariums, if offered.

RW360 may occasionally enlist Training Reps to to make presentations that we arrange. However, Training Reps should not expect to receive invitations through RW360, but should instead anticipate that it will be up to them to arrange their own presentations.

RW360 reserves the right to revoke Training Rep approval at its sole discretion.

Continuing Licensing Requirements

To maintain approval as an RW Training Representative, a person will be expected to meet the following additional requirements:

  • Provide an annual statement affirming your ongoing fellowship in a local church.
  • Maintain a positive Christian testimony and lifestyle that reflects the values and concepts of relational wisdom
  • Request evaluations of your presentations through RW360’s Survey Monkey form and receive predominantly positive responses.
  • Continue to learn and grow through continuing education and personal application. Continuing education will involve occasional webinars and reading relevant online articles as well as one or two recommended books each year.
  • Maintain proficiency by making and reporting at least five presentations each year.

3. Certified RW Instructor

Live RW seminars are taught by our staff and a network of  Certified RW Instructors. Instructor Certification is open to any individual who has an interest in teaching relational wisdom, but it is especially relevant to church and ministry leaders, counselors, managers, human resources professionals and people whose role in an organization includes training others.

Potential training hosts include churches, ministries and Christian-owned business (using our faith-based resources) as well as secular businesses, nonprofits, military bases, hospitals, government agencies, and police and fire departments (using our values-based resources).

Since demand for the live training still developing, we encourage potential instructors to look at this as a ministry rather than as a way to make a living. In other words, don’t plan on giving up your “day job.”

Acceptance into this training is limited to a few individuals each year. Selection depends primarily on information provided through the RW Training Representative Application form, answers to the Personal Study Notes for the online course, presentation assessments, and a personal interview with our Director of Training.

This training is available only in the United States until we develop a system to effectively oversee Certified Instructors in other countries.

Instructor Privileges

Certified RW Instructors receive the following privileges:

  1. Receive frameable Certificate of Completion.
  2. May use RW360 resources (study guide, PowerPoint, videos, etc.) to teach RW as a short presentation, a weekly study or as a live one-day seminar.
  3. Use of RW360 marketing and promotion resources (videos, fliers, posters, etc.).
  4. May request materials reimbursement and charge speaking fees or donations.
  5. Wholesale pricing on study guides.
  6. Social networking with other instructors through Facebook.
  7. Continuing education via webinars.
  8. Listed as instructor on RW360 website/map.
  9. Authorized to use RW360 name, logo, and marketing materials.

Application for Certified Instructor Program

After completing at least five presentations as a Training Representative, you may apply for admission to the Certified Instructor Program by submitting an RW Instructor Application form.

Our Director of Training will review your application and the assessments you’ve received on your presentations. If it appears that you are qualified for instructor certification and we have current openings in the program, we will contact you to schedule a telephone interview to explore your goals and alignment for this level of training in more detail. If we conclude that you are a good fit for this training, we will notify you of your acceptance into the program.

Training Requirements

Once you have been formally accepted into the Instructor Certification Program, you will need to complete these steps to be certified as an RW Instructor:

  1. Pay a registration fee of $395 (see this payment page). We encourage married couples to teach RW as a team. Therefore we invite spouses to apply to become Instructors for half (50%) of the regular fee.
  2. Read Feelings and Faith (Brian Borgman), Emotional Intelligence (Goleman) and assigned RW/EI articles, and write 500-1,000 word summaries for each book and 100 summaries of each article.
  3. Complete of 2-hour online course in educational methodology (available 1/30/20).
  4. Complete a 2-hour online course on promotion methodology (available 1/30/20).
  5. Pass a written open book exam on the theology and foundational principles of relational wisdom.
  6. Record a 1-hour teaching session on relational wisdom for review by RW360’s Director of Training.
  7. Participate in a 30 minute Skype conversation with our Director of Training and answer a series of FAQ questions that are typically asked by students in a live seminar.
  8. Teach three RW classes of at least three hours each, averaging at least five students per clas, with predominantly positive assessments from students.
  9. Sign an RW Instructor Independent Contractor Agreement.
  10. Meet annual continuing education and teaching requirements (see details below).

Licensing as Independent Contractors

Certified RW Instructors are licensed to teach the Discovering Relational Wisdom Seminar and Exploring Relational Wisdom Seminar (or shortened versions thereof) using RW360 study guides, PowerPoint presentations, video clips, and promotional materials. Instructors will market and teach these materials as independent contractors.

Certified Instructors may charge a fee or request donations to cover their investment of time as well as their travel and material costs. RW360 recommends a suggested seminar registration fee of $49 per person, $80 for couples, but instructors are free to set different fees.

RW360 may occasionally enlist Certified Instructors to teach seminars that we arrange. However, instructors should not expect to receive invitations through RW360, but should instead anticipate that it will be up to them to arrange their own seminars.

Instructors are expected to donate to RW360 10% of the fees and contributions they receive from events they arrange on their own. If the event came through a referral from RW360 or its website, instructors are expected to donate 20% of the resulting fees or contributions to RW360.

RW360 reserves the right to revoke certification at its sole discretion.

Continuing Licensing Requirements

To maintain a license as a Certified RW Instructor, a person will be expected to meet the following additional requirements:

  • Pay an annual renewal fee of $100.
  • Provide an annual statement affirming your ongoing fellowship in a local church.
  • Maintain a positive Christian testimony and lifestyle that reflects the values and concepts of relational wisdom
  • Request teaching evaluations during teaching event and receive predominantly positive evaluations on your teaching.
  • Continue to learn and grow through continuing education and personal application. Continuing education will involve occasional webinars and reading relevant online articles as well as one or two recommended books each year. We are unlikely to require travel to attend additional live training.
  • Maintain proficiency by teaching relational wisdom at least 15 hours of teaching each year (e.g., three 5-hour Discovering RW seminars, five 3-hour custom RW seminars, or two ten-week Sunday school classes, or a combination thereof).

4. RW Coach & Conciliator

RW360 is currently developing resources for RW Coaches, who can help others accelerate the development of their relational skills, and for RW Conciliators, who can help others resolve their differences through Christian conciliation (i.e., conflict coaching, mediation or arbitration based on the principles of relational wisdom and biblical peacemaking, as described in Leading Christians Through Conflict).

Pilot testing of these resources began in the summer of 2019. Lord willing, we will release the new peacemaking and RW coaching training in the spring of 2020 and the conflict coaching, mediation and arbitration training by the fall of 2020. Discovering Relational Wisdom 3.0 is a prerequisite for all of our advanced training programs.

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