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What is our Leadership Process? (Part 2)

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Day 20 | What is our Leadership Process? (Part 2)

Yesterday, we shared the importance of multiplication for making disciples. Every Christian should be a disciple-maker. The first two steps of developing leaders are identification and instruction. You might night be able to invest in everybody, but you can invest in somebody. Remember that the bulk of Jesus time was not spent healing the sick or preaching sermons. He spent the majority of His time investing in a small group of people who would go on to do the same. Today we’re going to finish our discussion of leadership development, but before we do, I want to share encouraging verses from Paul’s letter to the Galatians and his challenge to Timothy, a man whom Paul had personally discipled and developed:

Galatians 6:9-10
9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

1 Timothy 4:12
12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Keep investing in people for the sake of God’s kingdom. Set the example for others to follow. God is worth it. You are worth it. God will continue to work as long as we continue to be faithful.

 

Step #3 – Impartation

The third step of leadership development involves impartation. Here you will focus on developing a person’s character, passion for God, and heart for people. It’s one thing to learn how to read the Bible (instruction), but it’s another to believe what it says and have it impact your life on a personal level (impartation).

When helping impart passion and character to another person, it’s important to be open, honest, and vulnerable with your own life. Don’t compare your start to someone else’s finish. Let people see both your successes and your failures. Show people how you are feeling and connect with how they might be feeling. Remember that even Jesus demonstrated a level of empathy for those around him as exemplified by the time he cried with Mary and Martha (John 11:35).

 

Step #4 – Internship

The final step of leadership development involves an internship. The experience of the hands makes for a great teacher. Watching videos about playing sports is not the same thing as playing sports. It’s one thing to call a play. It’s another to play the game. The final step of leadership development involves getting people into the game. If we are going to empower others to lead, we must give them the opportunity to do so. Doing activities together help grow their confidence as well as you can offer feedback and encouragement along the way. Whatever leadership position you are preparing another for, consider the following structure:

  • I do, you watch

                Example – You lead a discipleship group. They attend.

  • I do, you help

                Example – You lead discipleship group. They help lead discussion.

  • You do, I help

                Example – They lead discipleship group. You jump in where needed.

  • You do, I watch

                Example – They start their own discipleship group. You are present but not active.

In summary, once you identify a potential leader, you want to come along side that person to develop their head, heart, and hands. Instruction develops the mind, impartation develops the heart, and internship develops the hands.

If we multiply leaders this way and lead like Jesus, we can rest assured that the mission of God will be accomplished.

 

Closing Prayer

As we finish our four weeks together, it our desire that God will continue to work in your life. For this reason, I would like to pray over you. If you are leading someone else through this study, I would encourage you to pray this prayer over them.

Dear God,
I lift up whomever is experiencing this devotional today. First, let us continue to look to Jesus for our daily needs and questions. We do not live for our identify, but from our identity. God, we desire to be your disciples, which means to follow You, fish for people, and fellowship with other believers. Second, God let us continue to live like Jesus. As Jesus depended on the Holy Spirit, displayed devotion to You, developed healthy relationships, and demonstrated a life of obedience, may we follow in His footsteps and do the same. Third, God let us love like Jesus. May we use our unique shape to serve and build up the body of the church. Finally, God let us lead like Jesus. May we continue to live out the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations. God be with us every step of the way and help us develop leaders will also make and multiply disciples. Thank you for saving us. Thank you for loving us. God, be with us now as we go to the ends of the earth to bring glory to Your Name. Amen.

Day 20 | What is our Leadership Process? (Part 2)

Yesterday, we shared the importance of multiplication for making disciples. Every Christian should be a disciple-maker. The first two steps of developing leaders are identification and instruction. You might night be able to invest in everybody, but you can invest in somebody. Remember that the bulk of Jesus time was not spent healing the sick or preaching sermons. He spent the majority of His time investing in a small group of people who would go on to do the same. Today we’re going to finish our discussion of leadership development, but before we do, I want to share encouraging verses from Paul’s letter to the Galatians and his challenge to Timothy, a man whom Paul had personally discipled and developed:

Galatians 6:9-10
9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

1 Timothy 4:12
12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Keep investing in people for the sake of God’s kingdom. Set the example for others to follow. God is worth it. You are worth it. God will continue to work as long as we continue to be faithful.

Step #3 – Impartation

The third step of leadership development involves impartation. Here you will focus on developing a person’s character, passion for God, and heart for people. It’s one thing to learn how to read the Bible (instruction), but it’s another to believe what it says and have it impact your life on a personal level (impartation).

When helping impart passion and character to another person, it’s important to be open, honest, and vulnerable with your own life. Don’t compare your start to someone else’s finish. Let people see both your successes and your failures. Show people how you are feeling and connect with how they might be feeling. Remember that even Jesus demonstrated a level of empathy for those around him as exemplified by the time he cried with Mary and Martha (John 11:35).

Step #4 – Internship

The final step of leadership development involves an internship. The experience of the hands makes for a great teacher. Watching videos about playing sports is not the same thing as playing sports. It’s one thing to call a play. It’s another to play the game. The final step of leadership development involves getting people into the game. If we are going to empower others to lead, we must give them the opportunity to do so. Doing activities together help grow their confidence as well as you can offer feedback and encouragement along the way. Whatever leadership position you are preparing another for, consider the following structure:

  • I do, you watch

                Example – You lead a discipleship group. They attend.

  • I do, you help
     Example – You lead discipleship group. They help lead discussion.
  • You do, I help
     Example – They lead discipleship group. You jump in where needed.
  • You do, I watch
     Example – They start their own discipleship group. You are present but not active.

In summary, once you identify a potential leader, you want to come along side that person to develop their head, heart, and hands. Instruction develops the mind, impartation develops the heart, and internship develops the hands.

If we multiply leaders this way and lead like Jesus, we can rest assured that the mission of God will be accomplished.

Closing Prayer

As we finish our four weeks together, it our desire that God will continue to work in your life. For this reason, I would like to pray over you. If you are leading someone else through this study, I would encourage you to pray this prayer over them.

Dear God,
I lift up whomever is experiencing this devotional today. First, let us continue to look to Jesus for our daily needs and questions. We do not live for our identify, but from our identity. God, we desire to be your disciples, which means to follow You, fish for people, and fellowship with other believers. Second, God let us continue to live like Jesus. As Jesus depended on the Holy Spirit, displayed devotion to You, developed healthy relationships, and demonstrated a life of obedience, may we follow in His footsteps and do the same. Third, God let us love like Jesus. May we use our unique shape to serve and build up the body of the church. Finally, God let us lead like Jesus. May we continue to live out the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations. God be with us every step of the way and help us develop leaders will also make and multiply disciples. Thank you for saving us. Thank you for loving us. God, be with us now as we go to the ends of the earth to bring glory to Your Name. Amen.

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