Raising Up Leaders –

If what we are involved in is going to grow, then all leaders need to be
involved in raising up new leaders. God gives His leaders the amazing
privilege of working with Him to raise people up.
We need to be able to:
• Recognise
• Prepare
• Release
1) We need the right PERSON and the right TIME
These questions are important in helping us:
1. Have they been called by God? Do you know it (Lk 6:12-16) & do they
know it (1Cor 1:1)?
2. Character issues: character flaws do not disqualify us if we deal with them,
but they may serve as a signboard that says WAIT.
3. Are they enthusiastic: about God, people and life?
4. How does he or she treat people? Family, friends etc. Very important, as
this person is going to be doing the work of a shepherd.
5. Do they have a servantʼs heart?
6. Are they faithful with the small as well as the big things?
7. Are they committed? (To God, His church and leaders)
8. Are they submissive?
9. Do they want responsibility or do they want authority?
“If a person wants responsibility give them authority, if they want
authority give them nothing” (From Ray Oliver)
If they have problems in any of these areas it does not necessarily disqualify
them if they are prepared to let God work on them, but it may take time and
work on our side.
We need skillful leadership to address issues at the right time, without
ignoring them completely. In Godʼs dealings with us, He doesnʼt deal with
everything at once, but He certainly does deal with things!! 2) Principles from Jesusʼ ministry:
a) Different amount of time was spent with different people on His team
– Seventy-two (Lk 10)
– The twelve (Mk 3:12-18)
– Peter, James & John (Mk 9:2)
b) Jesusʼ releasing model
(i) You watch, I do (Matt 9:35-38)
(ii) We do together (Matt 14:15-21)
(iii) You do, I watch (Matt 10)
(iv) You do ʻon your ownʼ (Matt 28:19-20)
Practically how do we model these principles?
1. Right from the first meeting start looking for people to bring through
(there may be more than one!)
2. Begin by giving them small responsibilities in the meetings eg. Tea, lifts,
admin or music.
3. As they prove faithful increase their responsibility.
4. If they are not faithful look for an opportunity to speak to them (with
love) and watch how they respond.
5. As you begin to trust them more start spending more time with them.
You might form a nuclear group of 3 or 4 to pray with before the
6. Start giving them more profile and time doing things in the meetings.
This is the mentor stage and it is crucial that you spend time feeding
back to them. In this stage you are honing their skills in:
• Leading and reading meetings
• Leading prayer and praying for people
• Teaching and leading group discussions
Look for the right time to release people as leaders. This should be
done in consultation with one of the elders, long before anything is said
to the people concerned.
3) Additional Points 1. Law of Mumps and Measles: “People will catch what youʼve got, not
what you say youʼve got!ʼ (Bob Mumford). Our example and heart are
as important as what we say.
2. Help people to see the bigger picture.
3. Help them find their confidence in God. Teach them to lead with
confidence not apologetically. Confidence in God and His call is not
4. Speak to one of the elders about them doing potential leaders training