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What are you doing THIS FALL to encourage and equip volunteers and students in your ministry?Note: I didn’t ask if you are organizing volunteers. I asked what exactly you’re doing to encourage and equip volunteers (including students).
If you’re like most ministry leaders, you’re probably not doing very much in the encouraging and equipping departments.
No wonder your church/ministry is having such a difficult time with finding and keeping great volunteers.
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Your Next Steps… 1. Click each of the links above and carefully read about three of the core disciplemaking training experiences we can bring to those in your ministry.
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So you’re still not sure the volunteers and students at your church or ministry need encouragement and equipping? Think again!
One of my friends who is a leader in his denomination asked me, “Do you do any leadership training?”
I said, “Yes. We call it disciplemaking training,” and then I winked at him. (We’re still good friends.)
There is so much talk about “leadership” in ministry these days—and yet, so little disciplemaking.
Here’s a crazy thought on leadership:
What if disciplemaking is leadership? If that’s true, then whoever initiates disciplemaking friendships is a leader—even if he or she doesn’t hold a “leadership” title or position. Real leaders don’t need a title or position. They just live it. It’s a way of life for them, not a job.
While I’m jumping off a cliff, let me say this:
All disciplemakers are leaders, but not all “leaders” are disciplemakers.
There. I said it. But before you reject it, run what I just said through your understanding of Jesus’ life and ministry. Think with me: Jesus doesn’t just make disciples, he makes disciplemakers. Jesus doesn’t simply collect a large group of followers and call that success. No, Jesus seeks to transform every follower into a fisher.
Hence, Jesus is the ultimate “leader.” But he lived as a humble servant who made disciplemakers. Pardon me, but I’m a little suspicious of any talk of “leadership” that is not centered on Jesus, humility, servanthood, and disciplemaking.
The more I study Jesus the more I question current conventional wisdom on leadership.
We really need to pause and rethink what it means to be a ministry leader or church leader in light of the biblical Jesus. I contend that making disciples like Jesus is the fullest and truest expression of what it means to be a spiritual leader. And if that’s true, then whoever initiates, lives, and shares The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus as a way of life with others is a leader.
What if instead of defining leadership as “influence,” we defined it as initiating disciplemaking friendships that multiply? What might happen if every paid and volunteer leader in a church or ministry actually led—not just with their lips—but with their lives like this?
What’s the difference between being a first-live-er and a first-tell-er?
I’d start by outing the western view and lack of a Biblical practice of leadership. Why are western churches so obsessed with a structure where a few special people (talent, presence, temperament, inheritance) define leadership?
I am so grateful for the towel wearing leadership of John the Baptist, Jesus and Paul…
Rather than focus on special vision, special leaders, I am excited to wake up each day to walk with friends and let the Holy Spirit (kavanah style) lead me, lead us…
The greatest leadership vision, action, example of leadership is when you and I live Jesus’ GO MAKE DISCIPLES, together vision, starting with our family.
We’re not leaders when we gorge ourselves on leadership reading, more leadership workshops and more leadership copying…
We’re leaders when we help others lead. When we multiply at home and with friends. When we break out of our silo’s and walk alongside and not above… leaders don’t rise above, they crawl alongside.
The gift of leadership is mentioned in only one gift list and that was to refer to it as a LESSER gift… instead Paul elevated, hospitality, towel wrapped servanthood and friendship. Please learn to lead as a role and not a position.
I love how 1 thessalonians 5:11-14 calls each of us to be disciplemakers who live alongside (encourage, Thayer) in a mutual/reciprocal way (one other, Thayer) who mutually leave each other with more (build, Thayer).
Then Paul refers to ways we can honor those in the role of leadership for their example and hard-work (first-live-ers) who offer spiritual example and guidance through an accessible life… (1 th 1 to 5).
Next PAUL returns to invite each, all of us to lead in each other’s lives like positive, hard-working leaders have modeled…
From my understanding of Jesus: Inflow, overflow, multiply are a flat org chart we’re all called to live, share, own and release. We are disciplemaking friends not leaders… and it starts in our homes.
My vote:Let’s drop the leader, follower dialogue… let’s erase our leadership boxes and layers then instead… be kavanah living, disciplemaking first-live-ers who lead by helping others multiply.