"It is time for a revolution in how the church nurtures new leaders.
As Jim Downing of the Navigators points out, Jesus trained his disciples by imparting:
Knowledge, through teaching
Character, by modeling and example
Skills, through guided experience
While knowledge can be learned anywhere, character and skills are best developed as part of a community that lives, worships, and serves together (e.g., a church).
We have developed Growing Church Leaders as a way for those who are mature to train the next generation of leaders in their churches to Think Biblically, Live Wisely, and Serve Faithfully. This course is designed to help senior leaders guide a small group of faithful men and women in:
Memorizing Bible verses
Reading classic Christian books
Leading devotions, typically from Psalms or Proverbs
Studying entire chapters of the Bible, verse by verse
Exploring how Scripture applies to their lives
Responding with repentance, action, and worship
Our prayer is that every growing church will invest in establishing future leaders on a solid foundation of biblical truth, Christian character, and spiritual discipline -- i.e., practical holiness. For that reason, this material is available in book form and as a free download at http://2transform.us/grow/ under a Creative Commons ""share alike"" license. You are free to adapt the material to the needs of your church or denomination, as long as you allow others to do the same.
May God use His Word to build His Body for His Kingdom!"
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Published November 17, 2010
Religion & Spirituality.