by Steve Cordle
Virtually every believer knows that after his resurrection, Jesus commissioned his followers, saying, “Go into all the world and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19-20).
But how did those followers know how to do this? It was not by seeing the risen Jesus but rather because Jesus equipped them for ministry during the previous three years.
As pastors and leaders we must be careful not to exhort people to do something without equipping them to do it.
Setting up a training program for your members has many benefits, which include:
- provides a clear path for people to grow in a step-by-step manner into a group leadership role. This communicates an expectation in the church: “I assume you will want to know how to do this!”
- gives you a way to pass on your church’s unique values, making it less likely someone transferring from another church will be passing on a different vision to their group.
- allows time for spiritual maturing on the part of the trainee.
- gives you the chance to see if a potential leader will follow church leadership.
- allows timid people to gain confidence.
What other benefits can you think of?