In today’s entry, we are continuing with Step 7 in the series: “Ten Practical Steps For Planting New Churches,” written by Rev. Manuel Molina Flores.
How to recognize and train emerging leaders (2 Timothy 2:2)
Step Seven is about discovering and developing the men and women who are capable of implementing the different levels of leadership required by a properly functioning church.
When arriving at this step, the church planters will begin to step back away from intense, active involvement, such as in Step Five, in order to invest their time and efforts in the emergent leaders and focus on the new leaders’ training.
Identify, through real ministry situations, those who demonstrate they are “reliable” and “qualified” (2 Timothy 2:2) in order to begin a systematic training program to continue developing their character, Biblical knowledge and practical abilities. This entails sharing your experience and knowledge with the leaders.
We identify men and women who are “reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2). Having seen their leadership, we begin a basic training program in which we invest in them and emphasize for each emerging leader areas of character, knowledge and practical skills that he or she needs to develop.
Training is what we offer the man or woman who demonstrates spiritual qualities and a divine call to leadership. The question is not “who could be a good leader,” but rather “who is already leading” and “who demonstrates patterns of adequate spiritual growth and true love for others?”
Training for leadership should include character elements as well as knowledge and practical elements.
Leadership training should be conducted in a way that assures simultaneous growth in three areas:
- BEING (character): Character is developed through the disciplines for Christian growth (1 Timothy 4:12, 15-16), service (Matthew 20:25-28), faithfulness (Matthew 25:14-20), etc.
- KNOWING (knowledge): This does not deal solely with knowledge of Biblical truths, but rather knowledge of how to study, interpret and apply the Bible to the needs of the people (Ezra 7:10, Acts 20:20).
- DOING (practical): Potential leaders should know well and have practical experience in evangelism, discipleship and beginning a mission before moving on toward more advanced leadership training.
Leaders should grow in character (being), information (knowing), and practical abilities (doing).
***Find out about Step Eight in the next post.