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    Breakout C – Finding and Launching New Leaders

    Breakout lead by Dave Treat:

    Workshop Goal – Learn to use a leadership assessment tool that will identify the readiness of each potential leader in your ministry and will clarify different training paths to help them move toward leadership.

    Define – What do we want to reproduce?
    – The reproducible life. “Follow me.” I Corinthians 11:1
    – What is the role of the Small Group Leader? What do we want to see happen in our groups?
    Leading vs. facilitating. A leader facilitates in a direction to take the group somewhere.
    – Exercise: Skill or Maturity?
    Has a servant’s heart? Maturity
    Has personal integrity? Maturity
    Can plan a meeting? Skill
    Has spiritual passion? Maturity
    Can guide a discussion? Skill
    Social intelligence? Skill

    Spot – How do you spot your best candidates?
    – Reproducible traits are observable. “We have heard.” “We have seen.”
    – Harvest “low-hanging fruit”. Men and women who are “ready” to lead. Look for traits you want to reproduce (maturity, skills). Pizza principle – see who leads naturally.
    – Nurture your saplings. People with potential. FAT people – faithful, available, teachable.
    – Create opportunities to spot potential leaders. Announcements. Strategic events. Ask.
    – Land Mines:
    – Those who think they’re leaders.
    – Those with personal agendas.
    – Those who can lead elsewhere but are spiritually immature.
    – Those who are unknown. (Are they currently in a small group?)
    – HARVEST: Who do I know who might be a small group leader?
    – NURTURE: Who do I know who with some help could be a small group leader?

    Assess – What do they need to lead?
    – Leadership Assessment/Training Matrix (hopefully I can post a diagram of this later)

    Equip – Mature/Skilled: Vision
    – The preferred future: changed lives. Potential leaders should be passionate about changed lives.
    – Use resources.
    – Make sure your goals agree.
    – Do they get it?
    Equip – Growing/Unskilled: Apprentice
    – 80% of candidates.
    – OTJ (on the job training): Apprentice learns by leading.
    – Mentor: spiritual maturity; group skills.
    – Take your time, but don’t overtrain.
    Equip – Growing/Skilled: Disciple
    – Short-term, intensive maturity building
    – Planned and targeted spiritual growth
    – Spiritual passion, servant hood, integrity
    – Take your time: You can’t microwave maturity.
    Equip – Mature/Unskilled: Turbo
    – Short-term, intensive skill training
    – A small group of apprentices
    – Take your time: Learn community in community
    – Leaders train each other. Have leaders lead the group for each other. Have other leaders give HONEST feedback. This is healthy.
    Turbo Training:
    – Weeks 1 and 2: Knowing each other (60 min.); Lecture/Q&A – Basic META (60 min.); find out their story (light a candle and have them talk until the candle goes out).
    – Weeks 3+: Leader of the day (rotate) (45 min.); debrief (15 min.); lecture/Q&A (60 min.); read Leading Life-Changing Small Groups.

    Launch
    – Take your time.
    – Preparation vs. control
    – Strategy depends on coaching resources
    – You are not the Donald.

    Terms:
    – Apprentice – one who is learning to lead by leading.
    – Turbo – a small group made entirely of apprentices.
    – Coach – a leader of small group leaders.

    Stay tuned for more later…