There has to be a clear “leadership factory” in place to ensure leaders continue to be released.
NCF develops leaders in a number of formal and informal (on-the-job) ways. There has to be a clear “leadership factory” in place to ensure leaders continue to be released. This process is imperative to the long term future of the church. Below are a few of the ways we develop leaders.
1. LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSE
This course is for leaders that have a gift/desire to lead in the long-term. The subjects covered are more general in nature and seek to establish a good base off which to release leaders to lead ministries such as music, children, small groups, Sunday volunteers etc. This set of topics can be expanded to run over a longer period and many of the sub-points can be covered as sessions on their own. Every week each person is given a short assignment to do that is handed back in the next week. These would include sharing their personal testimony, leadership case studies and practical assignments.
A. Biblical Leadership
• Hierarchy vs Democracy (3 triangles)
• Women in leadership
• Leadership by example
• Being a good follower
B. Qualiﬁcations of a deacon
• 1 Tim 3…
C. The Holy Spirit and the gifts
• Baptism of the Holy Spirit
• Facilitating the Holy Spirit
• Understanding the gifts
D. The personal life of a Christian leader
• Time management
• Dealing with temptation• Leading through pressure
• Life-giving friendships
• Personal disciplines
• Dealing with offense
E. Leading a small group meeting
• How to “hold” new people
• Growing a group
• Building toward local church
• Facilitating a discussion
• Casting vision
F. Practical shepherding
• Being a shepherd at NCF (fathering/mothering)
• Basic counselling skills
• Bringing people to maturity
• Dealing with difﬁcult people
• Dealing with sin issues
2. BOOT CAMP
The eldership team invites 30–40 of our young single men aged 15-30 to come away with us for a weekend of physical and spiritual input. The aim of the weekend is to develop strong, Godly men who are ready to lead as God designed them. The format of the weekend is broken up to be 50% hard, physical exertion (including commando courses, team challenges and sport), and 50% spiritual input. The sessions run alternating between spiritual and physical every hour with breaks for tea and meals. The camp is run by a camp master and a few of the elders are present to give input and build with the young men.
• Finding a Godly wife
• Biblical Leadership• Being a team player
• Personal ﬁnance
• How to make Godly decisions
• Managing your life – priorities, goals, dreams
3. POT GROUPS (IMMINENT POTENTIAL LEADER GROUPS)
These groups of 6-12 people have been designed to train imminent SMALL GROUP leaders with very speciﬁc training. The aim is for the leader of this group to skillfully help the process of releasing small group leaders in the best possible way and into the best leadership environment.
Topics would include:
• How to prepare your home
• Hosting people
• Gathering people
• Growing your group
• Facilitation skills
• Dealing with difﬁcult people
• What is the aim of every small group meeting?
• How to use a Homegroup Help
• Choosing and releasing the right potential leader
• Establishing a plan for your group
• Shepherding people wisely
• How to handle kids in a small group
• Personal preparation• Facilitating the Holy Spirit and the gifts
• How to release people in a small group by giving them responsibility
4. PASTORAL GROUPS
These groups have been designed to look after and further develop EXISTING leaders. These leaders are placed in groups of 5 or 6 with elders or gifted deacons leading the groups. The aim of this group weekly is 5-fold:
a. Health – ensure the leader is healthy by having fun, caring for and encouraging them.
b. Problem-solve – To help leaders solve problems with regards to difﬁcult people,
theological issues, unhelpful leadership style and marriage break ups etc.
c. Communication – keep small groups going in the same direction as the church.
Feedback to the eldership team on what is happening within the small groups.
d. Vision – stimulate leaders to focus outward, grow their groups and get involved in the
e. Training – As each leader sees ﬁt, they would have full license to train their leaders on
topical issues such as facilitating a discussion, worship in a small group, how to handle
difﬁcult people, bringing people to maturity, what the Bible says on an issue etc.