Leadership Training


Welcome! We are so thankful for your interest in leading a Thistlebend Discipleship Study! (Head to the bottom of the page for other leader resources!)

Our training options are meant to meet you where you are and offer as little or as much help as you need. The levels vary from simple talking points on the phone to a full weekend women’s retreat at your location . . . and anywhere in between! So choose a level that works for you! We want to help you in your desire to develop a women’s mentoring and discipleship ministry that is grounded in the Word of God and focused on Christ and His Word. Our materials will help in this endeavor through intensive, intentional, biblical study. And our training methods will help you shepherd women using our S.A.L.T. accountability model, which is built upon the four pillars of Submission, Accountability, Laboring, and Transparency. The model is designed to promote genuine life change through confession, repentance, and faithful obedience to God and His Word.

Training Options/Levels:

  • One-on-One Training available by appointment through live video/audio or at the Thistlebend Office
  • Thistlebend Open House Training (see current schedule and itinerary below)
  • Leadership Training at your location offered in conjunction with a women’s retreat
  • You can also watch the videos below for a do-it-yourself training introduction to become familiar with terminology and pieces of our model

One-on-One Training: 

This option would take place either through an in-person meeting at our Louisville office or by video or audio chat. You would have the opportunity to ask questions and have one of our team members walk you through the study options that would work best for your unique setting. Email info@thistlebend.org to make an appointment.

Monthly Open House Training:

We offer training during our regularly scheduled study sessions on the third Wednesday of the month. Our “Open House” Training sessions are open from February–April and September–November.  

Spring 2019 dates: Feb. 20, Mar. 20, Apr. 17  (Please contact us one week in advance if you are planning to come to any of the Open House Trainings: info@thistlebend.org)

Observe and experience Thistlebend Discipleship in action and within relationships. The Open House Training sessions are held at the Thistlebend Offices in Louisville, KY. They begin with an optional Meet and Greet on Tuesday afternoon, 4-6 p.m., and continue Wednesday 8:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The itinerary is as follows:

8:30    Fellowship
8:55    Observation of regular weekly study session:

8:55 Weekly Abigail Training Meeting
9:30 Lesson Teaching (for spring 2019, we are walking through Ephesians 1-2 in Who Am I in Christ?)
10:30 Small Group and Taking the Truth to Heart Groups
11:35 Close

11:35  Optional fellowship
12:00  Lunch with Thistlebend Staff
1:15-3:15 Training session with Thistlebend staff
3:15-4:00 Further personal Q & A

Retreat-style Training:

We would love to help you kick off your discipleship training season with your entire women’s ministry! This can be customized in any way that you would like, but the main options would include training sessions with your leadership team and training sessions with your whole group. You plan the event at your location choice and invite your ladies. We will help you build a schedule and retreat that present a mini study and teaches all the ladies how to put the model into practice so everyone is on the same page. We have seen tremendous growth in just a weekend! Email info@thistlebend.org with your request!

Local Lodging for In-person Meetings and Open Houses: 

Special rates available at Aloft Louisville East. Just mention Thistlebend Ministries when you are making your reservation. Easy drive to the Thistlebend Offices.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 502-216-4599 or by email at info@thistlebend.org.


Orientation to Thistlebend Mentoring and Discipleship

Introduction to Taking the Truth to Heart

Thistlebend’s Affirmation and Commitment

when leading a small group or Taking the Truth to Heart group

Study Specific Leader Resources

Click the title above to find everything you need to lead a group through a Thistlebend Discipleship Study!