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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.

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

      – 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…