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How People Change Facilitator's Guide

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By Timothy S. Lane & Paul David Tripp

(CCEF Core Curriculum)

The How People Change Facilitator's Guide challenges and equips participants to live out the gospel in their everyday lives. This course helps people to understand the underlying motivations for their actions and gives them specific, practical help in changing long-standing patterns of behavior, so they grow in love for God and others. Based on principles from the book, How People Change, authors Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp now offer this companion guide for use in church-wide training sessions, small groups, Sunday schools, youth groups, or one-on-one discipleship. This self-explanatory Facilitator's Guide provides twelve lessons, directions on how to guide a small group through the Study Guide, extra content, homework discussion, detailed illustrations, and "Make It Real" life applications. 

View the Leader Helps from Tim Lane on YouTube for How People Change.

Author Bios

Timothy S. Lane, M.Div., D.Min. has been a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America since 1991 (PCA) and is the coauthor of the books How People Change and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, coauthor of the curricula Change and Your Relationships and How People Change, and author of many minibooks. Tim has 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry, counseling, teaching and executive leadership. Tim is also adjunct professor of practical theology at several seminaries including Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He speaks nationally and internationally, consults with churches and writes about the importance of pastoral care. Learn more about Tim, or follow him on Twitter.

Paul David Tripp, M.Div., D.Min., is the President of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. This mission leads Paul to weekly speaking engagements around the world. In addition, Paul is the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as the best-selling author of numerous books on Christian living. He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children. 


"Governments and agencies can legislate for people, resource people, teach people, but they can't change people. Jesus Christ can! It's that people-changing gospel that these study guides apply clearly, deeply, and perceptively to the relationships that Christians have with friends, neighbours and families. London City Mission uses this material for training our entire team of 120 who are engaged in patient, sensitive, personal evangelism. These guides are an excellent even an essential preparation for that great work."
- Rev. Dr. John Nicholls, Chief Executive, London City Mission, UK

"There are very few resources I find more useful than CCEF's study guides. God changes people by conforming their hearts into his likeness, and the How People Change Study Guide will help your laypeople to understand this more clearly. If you want to know why people do the things they do, this resource is for you!"
- Deepak Reju, Associate Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist, Washington, DC

"The How People Change Study Guide is a distinctively biblical look at the heart's struggle with sin, its consequences, and God's prescription for it. It has given me fresh insight into my own struggles, and better equipped me to help those in my congregation with theirs. I enthusiastically recommend it."
- Ken Brown, Pastor, Community Baptist Church, New Boston, MI

How to Use

How People Change: How Christ Changes Us by His Grace applies and explains CCEF's foundational model of biblical change from Jeremiah 17 and is meant to be used in conjunction with the How People Change: How Christ Changes Us by His Grace Seminar (DVD).  The twelve lessons describe in detail the heat-thorns-cross-fruit (the three trees) biblical model of change and walk participants through the process of personal change by helping them to take a close look at their difficult circumstances (the heat), how they are responding to those circumstances (good=fruit tree, bad=thorn bush), and how coming to Christ for forgiveness and help (the cross=third tree) brings Spirit-led change of love for God and people. Participants and leaders will also benefit from the extra material and reinforcement of concepts contained in the book, How People Change, also coauthored by Lane and Tripp.

The study and facilitator guides have been used all over the world to help participants understand the process of biblical change and apply it to one area of their lives through the Personal Growth Project. Participants and leaders will also benefit from the extra material and reinforcement of concepts contained in the book, How People Change, also coauthored by Tripp and Lane.

The recently updated Facilitator's and Study Guides (2010) have essentially the same material as the 2005 version. You will note differences in format, pagination (the 2010 Guides have consecutive page numbers), some added notes, changes and  additions to the diagrams, and directions on how to incorporate the seminar DVDs into the lesson plan.

Each lesson is formatted to last 80-90 minutes and contains the following sections:

  • Homework Discussion. Each lesson begins with a discussion of the Make It Real homework assignment from the previous lesson. As participants share the ways they are being changed by the material, they experience change as a "community project."
  • Review. The review at the beginning of each lesson reinforces the connections in the truths that have been presented and shows how the new lesson fits into the curriculum as a whole.
  • CPR. Each lesson has three points of focus and application. C stands for the central point that the participants need to understand and master. P stands for the way the central point of the lesson applies to the participant's personal life. R stands for the way these concepts set the agenda for the participant's relationships and ministry. 
  • DVD. Each lesson is introduced and developed by watching the DVD. The material on the DVD supplements and adds to the material in the study guide. 
  • Small Groups. If you have a group larger than twelve, create small groups. These groups will remain together for the duration of the curriculum and will be the primary group in which discussion and personal sharing take place. Ideal groups for this program are between eight and ten people. Ask someone within each group to serve as a facilitator, one whose role is to encourage participants to share, to keep the group on task, and to watch the time. 
  • Lesson Content. The main body of each lesson is built around key passages of Scripture. Encourage participants to take the time to read every passage mentioned in their study guide. Have extra Bibles available for those who may not have brought their own. 
  • Group Discussion. A meaningful discussion requires preparation on your part. Establish in advance your goal for each discussion. 
  • The Big Question. Near the beginning of each lesson you will find "The Big Question." This question is designed to help participants take the core teaching of the lesson and use it to examine themselves, their situations, and their Lord. 
  • Expanded CPR. At the end of each lesson, the single statement CPR from the beginning of the lesson is expanded to three statements under each category. Begin each lesson Review with a careful examination of the lesson's CPR statement, helping your students to grapple with the theological, personal, and relational implications of what they have been studying. For example, when reviewing lesson 8, begin by reading together the CPR statements for lesson 8 found before the Make It Real section. As you give attention to the CPR statements at the beginning and end of each lesson, you are bracketing the lesson content with very direct, practical, and personal application.
  • Make It Real (homework). At the end of every lesson, briefly scan the section and point to one or two questions that illustrate the value in completing the assignment. Most of the homework is a Personal Growth Project. Participants will be asked to pick an area of struggle in their lives and use information they learn to understand the roots of the struggle and begin the change process.

Who Is This Product For?

The How People Change course is designed to be used in churches, small groups, ministries, and individual discipling to help participants examine the underlying issues that make change difficult and to understand how to go to Christ for the change they desire. It is suitable for laypeople and ministry and counseling professionals.

Related Products

How People Change (book, small group study guide, and DVD seminar) is the first of CCEF's three core courses about gospel-centered change. The second part of the series is the book and small group resource Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul David Tripp.  The third in the series is Relationships: A Mess Worth Making (book) and Change and Your Relationships (small group study guide) coauthored by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp. Each course is designed to give pastors, counselors, and ministry leaders a biblical, Christ-centered, and user-friendly tool to equip laypeople to grow in grace. The three courses together answer three fundamental questions: Why do people do the things they do? How does lasting change take place in a person? How can God use me in someone's life to help them grow? 

Although each of these series stand alone, it can be helpful to go through them in order--beginning with How People Change, then Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, and ending with Relationships: A Mess Worth Making.

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