Critical Assessment 6: Leaders

  1. In what ways are you modeling the biblical principle of servant leadership among the people you are working? (Lk. 22:24-27)
  2. Do you refrain from establishing hierarchic structures requiring bureaucratic decision-making, which will not permit the dynamism of indigenous movements of reproducing churches?
  3. Are you cautious about offering financial assistance by developing local lay leadership and emphasizing the responsibility of local churches regarding propagating the Gospel as well as governing and funding their own affairs?
  4. Are they being warned about outsiders who would seek to force or buy control over them at the expense of biblical patterns?
  5. Are outsiders refraining from imposing requirements for church leaders that exceed those stipulated by the New Testament? (1 Tim. 3)
  6. Are outsiders assuming leadership in groups of new believers, or are are they mentoring and ‘shadow pastoring’ insiders to do so? (2 Tim. 2:2)
  7. Are an expanding number of potential leaders being mentored rather than focusing only on the first one who shows interest? (2 Tim. 4:19-21)
  8. Is there a development of unpaid or bi-vocational lay leaders and elders, rather than establishing a paid clergy? (Tit. 1:5)
  9. Are local trainings happening in an ongoing fashion to equip emerging leaders and evangelists to do a better job without having to look for theological education elsewhere?

Critical Category 6: Leaders

  1.  Outside leaders model (reproducible by insiders); equip; watch; leave and support from afar. Outside leaders introduce new concepts that are contextualized by inside leaders.  Outside leaders deculturalize, inside leaders contextualize.
  2. Inside leaders: keep all things reproducible by inside leaders and directed/lead by inside leaders (2 Timothy 2:2)
  3. Self-supporting, local leaders start and sustain all work – including groups, fellowships, and churches.  Self-supporting may mean the worker has a job or business.  This improves access and breaks down the un-Biblical barriers between clergy and laity (outside funds that often create dependency are avoided as much as possible). Outside money?
  4. Develop leaders through on job training (Philippians 4:9). Discipleship and Leadership Education and Training are “on the job,” continuous and primarily through mentoring. This builds communities that hold each other accountable for obedience to the Word of God.
    • Education increases Knowledge though teaching.  The focus is on knowledge.
    • Training increases Skill Sets primarily through coaching.  The focus is on the task and behaviors or character of the workers.
    • Equipping increases Capacity through mentoring relationships.  The focus is on the person, helping individuals become all that God has called them to be.

Reproducing leaders is crucial – a CPM is really a leadership development movement.