Shepherds Mentor Leaders of New Flocks
Yes, new shepherds, you are free to mentor newer shepherds in your church’s daughter churches or cells. We embrace our God-given duty to mentor you also, to keep extending the training through you.
Yes, Lord Jesus, we will multiply leaders as You and Your apostles did, modeling pastoral skills while passing Your instructions on to them.
Shepherds coach new shepherds whether in their own churches, in daughter churches or in cells. Coaching continues until an apprentice’s flock is doing the tasks that the New Testament requires of it, and coaching can be resumed whenever special needs arise.
Paul told Timothy to pass the instructions that he had received from Paul on to faithful men who would pass it on to others who would do the same (2 Timothy 2:1-2). Make faithful coaching the structural backbone of an expanding movement; this will sustain the integrity of the truths that new churches embrace.
have workers mark locations of churches, daughter churches, potential daughter churches, mentoring chains, names of workers, and communities that workers are planning to reach.
Good records enable you to evaluate progress, discern which methods prove productive, find which flocks need help, and develop solutions to common problems.
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Make helpful books available and, if practical, recommend material on web sites.
Resources For While You …
Introduce mentoring. Teach new mentors to train others in the way Jesus and His apostles did:
Upgrade mentoring skills. Train apprentices by your God-given authority:
Avoid spiritual virus invaders. Extensive research reveals mistakes that commonly stifle church-planting movements:
Integrate local and global vision:
Rehearse the basics. Let Bible characters display practical models for extending God’s work:
Common Traps To Avoid
Lack concern for what God is doing outside of one’s own congregation.
Help leaders and their flocks focus on neglected folk and on new churches that need help.
Extend mentoring chains too far to sustain communication and monitor progress.
Means of communication and distance determine how many links you can develop without excessive delay. Delayed reports of progress, or responses to problems, discourages workers at the end of a chain. 2 Timothy 2:2 mentions four links in a mentoring chain; four links often prove to be the limit of practical communication. Instead of always adding more links, organize additional extension centers and name new coordinators to head them.
Train, in pioneer fields, at an educational level too high for new leaders.
This error is almost a universal one. Gear a training program to trainees’ level, rather than set up one on a higher leve, that you enjoyed in the past.