All Shepherds Mentor Leaders of New Flocks

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.

Every shepherd trains new, apprentice leaders, as Jesus and His apostles did.

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.

Coach others who will go and start new groups, and make other disciples in other places

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.

Let workers gather to draw maps or update them for their region, as a means to display their stratic plans.

have workers mark locations of churches, daughter churches, potential daughter churches, mentoring chains, names of workers, and communities that workers are planning to reach.

Maintain records of new churches and of their growth.

Good records enable you to evaluate progress, discern which methods prove productive, find which flocks need help, and develop solutions to common problems.

Provide for workers pastoral training materials geared to coaching and to multiplication.

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As shepherds mature, add advanced pastoral training studies to the curriculum.

Make helpful books available and, if practical, recommend material on web sites.

Train all leaders and disciple-makers to coach others, helping them get results.


 Resources For While You …

Introduce mentoring. Teach new mentors to train others in the way Jesus and His apostles did:

Compare classroom with mentored, extension training

Upgrade mentoring skills. Train apprentices by your God-given authority:

Mentor assertively

Avoid spiritual virus invaders. Extensive research reveals mistakes that commonly stifle church-planting movements:

Snags that limit movements, their remedies

Integrate local and global vision:

Rehearse the basics. Let Bible characters display practical models for extending God’s work:

Bible persons model seven tasks that sustain multiplication

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.

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