Becoming a Person of Influence: Introduction
by John Maxwell and Jim Dornan
A Pastor-to-Teacher Study
Good Questions by Josh Hunt
This course is based on a few assumptions you might want to be aware of. First, I am assuming that the class is made up primarily of teachers, though not exclusively so. I could never make weekly workers meetings work. What I did make work was a series of classes, one after another designed to improve the skill of teachers. We meet in the same room at the same time every week, but from the view point of the teacher, these were a series of classes. This is one such course. Everyone who wants to could come, but teachers would be specifically invited. You might try a similar approach. I hope to write 3 - 5 courses a year for you to choose from. Some of these would be specifically on "how to teach" while others, like this one, would have a more general appeal.
If you take this approach, I don't recommend you do all the teaching. For one thing you are busy and don't need something else to do. Further, there should be a room full of teachers who would almost always rather teach than listen. Thus is the wiring of a teacher. There are some other benefits to this approach. The teachers will stretch to a higher level knowing they are teaching their pastor and fellow teachers. The group will learn from the variation of styles of the various teachers. Your presence as pastor is important. You multiply your influence by sitting in the room and participating. It communicates volumes about what you think is important.
I will assume that most of the group will purchase and read the book week by week. I will assume they will have the book in hand and can turn to a particular page. I assume that this week will start with introductions and no one will have read, but the following week many will have reach chapter one.
I assume that you and your group feel
congruent with the goals of 2020 Vision. My goal is to help my denomination and
others to grow. I want to help my denomination (Southern Baptists) reach 20
million in Sunday School attendance by the year 2020. I want to see other
denominations grow as well so that the overall church in America doubles over
the next 20 years. I want to help people to enjoy God. I want to start 20,000
churches that meet on Saturday night and never own a building. I want to help
existing churches with the burden of building costs. I don't think we can
achieve the goals above unless we learn to use our buildings more than once. I
believe everything rises and falls on leadership. We need to be better leaders.
That is why I write Virtual.Seminary lessons. We need to train better leaders.
That is why I write these lessons.
1. People will rarely rise above the level of their leadership.
2. 2 Tim. 2:2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many
witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
Cast a vision for the idea that the ultimate goal is to become a multiplier. If we are to reach the goals of 2020 Vision, we will do it through multiplication. We will do it through classes doubling every two years or less. We will do it through churches doubling every five years or less.
3. One set of answers has to do with the nature of the Christians. Another set of answers has to do with the tools of influence. The leveraging effect of the media to influence society has been much more ably used by the world than by the church. We must work on two things. We must work on our personal influence ability AND we must work on leveraging our positive influence through the media. John Maxwell and Jim Dornan have an opportunity to influence us not only because they are great guys, but also because they wrote a book. I influence many Sunday School teachers and their students through this ministry on the Internet. I know a D.A. who has cut the crime in his district in half through a tough "no tolerance for drugs" policy. In half. What one man who understands influence can do. We must become as wise as serpents in our use of the media to influence lives.
4. It is a moving thing to have the group pray conversationally about their desire to become people of influence.