What does Susan teach?

In the early days, when she was thinking of setting up an online training centre when she asked God what He wanted her to teach and He dictated the five dimensions to her.

  • Initiation training – This covers the basics that will help them go forwards. This includes the idea that they are accepted and loved and other basic concepts that will build a good foundation in their lives. For Christians, one basic skill that they really need to master is how to listen to the voice of God as how do you follow someone when you struggle to hear them?
  • Recognition training – This covers recognising who they are and what they are capable of doing. It includes uncovering their gifts and talents. As well as that, it is necessary to work out what their strengths and weaknesses are so that they can truly fulfil their potential.
  • Impartation training – This includes what others have passed on to them in terms of spiritual gifts. Not just gifts, though, but how to use the spiritual tools (or what some people call weapons). There is a wealth of techniques and tactics that different churches use in prayer. There is a lot that can be learnt from each other, hence the idea of impartation.
  • Embarkation training – This includes how to set off on the journey towards building ministries and businesses. There are all sorts of practicalities that can be covered here, including things like how to set up an appropriate legal structure for what you want to do. In the UK, this would include setting up a charity or a limited company and looking at which of these legal structures suits what you are doing best. It also means helping people set up an embryo organisation that will grow into the type of organisation they want it to become.
  • Perspiration training – This includes how to do the actual work and supporting those who are putting in the effort of building. All sorts of things here, including marketing, setting up systems and other business-type skills. Then there needs to be the opportunity for people in particular fields of endeavour to share best practice such as how do you be a godly teacher in a secular teaching environment.

The interesting thing about this outline of what should be taught is that it nails her colours to the mast in terms of what she believes in terms of mixing faith and business. She believes that business works better with faith as faith-based activities provide the omph and the je ne sais quoi that makes business work better. She also believes that faith-based businesses have an important role to play in the ecosystem of the church. Another way of putting this is that activities that are run by church members with the backing of the church do not have to be charities.

It differentiates what she believes God is calling her to teach from the things that others in both the church and business worlds believe should be taught. Not only diffentiates but it has the ability to polarise people between those who can accept this approach and those who consider it inappropriate.