ICIT - Facilitator Guidelines for Level I & Level II

1) Facilitator: The first thing will be to send us a student roster (in alphabetical order of last names), as soon as you know who will be enrolling with your group. This is a list of first and last names of who will be enrolling. Just having their name on the student roster does not hold them a place in the online course. Each person in your group must enroll online, on our website - www.icitc.org.

Please use this format for your roster and send as text in the body of an email (alphabetical by last names):
1. First name Last name
2. First name Last name
etc. ...      (Please do not send a file attachment)

A class must be a minimum of 4 new students. The facilitator only counts as one of the four students if they have never gone through the full training before.

Please note that this is for local groups, who can physically meet as a group. Skype or phone meetings are not permitted. Students must be able to physically attend the group meetings to qualify for the Group Plan.

Student should not enroll in the Individual Plan to be included in your group. The two plans do not mix.

You may want to forward our short Introduction Videos to those who might be interested in this training program. These would be good introduction videos to show your group or congregation.

2) Facilitator: Gather tuition from students and submit ONE payment to the training center.

3) Each student should have their own email address to receive weekly lessons. Free email addresses are available at www.gmail.com or www.yahoo.com for anyone who may not yet have an email address. Students can share computers if needed, but having their own email address is vital. Sending multiple lessons to the same address causes our mail to appear as spam and our lessons may be filtered out by some Internet providers. Each student will print out their own lessons each week and then review them for discussion at the group meetings.

4.) Audios are sent to each student in MP3 format. We no longer offer audios in CD format included with tuition however the Level I CDs can be ordered from Arrow Publications here.

We will email a link to access the MP3 page and send another email with a password, to each student You should check at each group meeting to be certain everyone is accessing and listening to the audios.

5) Encourage students to obtain their own 3-ring binder. Each student should print out their own weekly PDFs and insert the pages into their binder – students are actually creating their own "textbooks."

6) All groups must to meet weekly to discuss the material. Discussion should stay true to the subject matter. Of course, a little straying and/or personalization of truths is fine, but the specific training itself needs to be presented and absorbed by all for our vision to be realized.

7) Group meetings should run at least 1½ to 2 hours and should include prayer and discussing the text and audios.

8) Students may audit the classes, if they like, by attending without submitting the exams or receiving a graduation certificate for Level I. However, for our records they must still be enrolled in the online course to receive the weekly lessons and must attend the group meetings. Only enrolled students attend the group meetings.

9) Each facilitator is emailed the facilitator outline (and the regular student copy if they are a first-time student). Note: the facilitator guidelines are for facilitators ONLY.

10) Groups may meet in your home, a cell group, church or community group.

11) Students may not enroll in the Group or License Plan and then study indepentantly. Students must meet regularly with their group to continue in the Group or License Plan.

12) Only ICIT approved Facilitators are permitted to lead the group meetings. Facilitating is not a shared responsibility among group members.

13) Please feel free to interact with us. It is helpful to hear of your experiences and be able to continually upgrade our effectiveness.

14) Facilitators will need to obtain a pastor's reference when facilitating a Level I group. Pastors and ministry leaders taking the course should submit a confidential reference from another pastor outside their fellowship. Please email training@inchristsimage.org to request the Confidential Pastoral Reference. The reference form should not be filled out by a family member, unless approved by our office administrator. (Contact us if you have a questions about obtaining the endorsement.)

Thank you!

Therese Beck
ICIT Senior Administrator

Back to School
By Marla Brenneman - ICIT Class of January 2006

Bob and I went "back to school" six months ago. We enrolled in the In Christ's Image Training course online taught by Francis Frangipane. We had two chapters to read and two audio sermons to listen to each week. At the end of each chapter there was a practice test with two essays and eight multiple choice questions for us to complete. At the end of each track, we had a real test to send in online and have it graded. The tests showed how much I could retain from what I read but the real learning took place in everyday life.

The first six weeks were about Christlikeness and having the unoffendable nature of Christ. Situations came up where I could have easily been offended instead of becoming like Jesus. I had to choose not to take up the offense but to forgive, and pray the mercy prayer in each situation. The mercy prayer is saying, "Father, forgive them for they don't know what they are doing." I had to let them off my "hook" and not hold them responsible for the hurt they caused me. At the same time, I needed to show Christ's love to those who hurt me and pray for God's mercy in their lives. As each situation came, the things I learned came to mind. I know God put each situation in my life as a test. Would I respond like Christ or would I become offended and angry?

The next six weeks were about humility. I had to look at my motives for what I do. Am I doing things for God's glory or for man's? Do I try to please others or am I trying to please God? It was humiliating for me to really see myself as I am and find that I have a lot of pride. Pride is the greatest enemy we have. Francis likes to ask people, "Do you know the name of the most powerful spirit opposing most Christians?" It is Yahweh. God opposes the proud. (See James 4:6.) When we have pride, the Spirit that stands to resist our endeavors is not demonic, it's God.

Francis taught us that the Beatitudes (Matthew 5) are progressive. We need to become poor in spirit, be mournful about how poor we really are, and become meek before we can truly hunger and thirst for righteousness. If we know how poor we are without Christ, we will be at the place where God can use us. When we think we are "something" then God won't let us be "anything!" If we have pride, God will bring situations into our lives where we will become humble. He has a way of breaking our pride and allowing us to come to the place where we know that we can't accomplish anything of value without Him. I want to be able to let God have the glory for all I do.

The third track was about prayer. I learned that God is looking for people who will see situations as opportunities to pray instead of a time to be critical. Why did God tell Abraham what He was going to do with Sodom and Gomorrah? He wanted Abraham to ask for mercy for the people. Abraham didn't look at Sodom and say, "God, it's about time you killed the perverts!" He wasn't angry. He asked God for mercy. A quote from the manual, "God works with man to establish the future and, in the process of determining reality, He always prepares a merciful alternative. Urgent, merciful, redemptive prayer shoots right through the mercy door and enters God's heart."

In Psalm 53:2 it says, "God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there is anyone who understands, who seeks after God." I want to be the one who understands what God is doing in any given situation and to seek God in and through it. Lord, help me to see through your eyes and to pray Your word and Your will in every situation. "While humility opens our eyes to perceive our need, prayer enables us to appropriate God's answer. Redemptive intercession, allied with divine intervention, can transform the world around us."

The final track was about unity. Unity is vital in the body of Christ. In Psalm 133 it tells us that where brethren dwell together in unity, God commands His eternal blessing. In the book of Acts (1:14 NKJV), the disciples were "with one accord" and then the power of the Holy Spirit came (Acts 2:1). Unity precedes power. If we want the power of the Holy Spirit, we must work for unity. We must be unified in our warfare and fight as "one man" for our cities and our nation. "Whenever we pray against the spiritual forces of wickedness over a region, our first line of offense is praying for churches to be united in their worship and their warfare. It takes a citywide church to win the citywide war."

I would encourage anyone to take this course. Bob and I will be certified to facilitate a group by the first of the year. It is more cost effective to take it this way than individually online like we did. The Lord willing, we hope to begin a group in our home.


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