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Developing the Leaders Around You

by John Maxwell

A Pastor to Pastor Study by Josh Hunt

Session #4

Introduction

I imagine these sessions to last an hour and a half or two hours. Alternatively, you could deal with half the material in about half that time. I try to provide more material than you could use during that time, assuming that some of these questions will "pop up." (To us a baseball analogy.) I am humble enough to believe that not all of these questions are truly good questions. Still, there may be more material here than you can use. Don't feel a need to cover the material. The material does not need to be covered. In fact, the material has no needs at all. Your group has deep needs. Seek to serve you group by helping the become the people they need to be to accomplish the goals they have for their lives.

Chapters 7

OPEN

DIG

  1. Chapter 8 deals with forming a dream team of leaders. What is a team? How would you define it? What are the essential elements that make a team a team?
  2. How can we import the benefits of the team experience into the churches we lead?
  3. To what degree are the leaders we lead moving toward a common objective?
  4. How widely understood is the goal at your church?
  5. On a good team, team members communicate with one another. In an idea world, how would this work out in your church? How should team members communicate with one another?
  6. How close are we to that ideal?
  7. One of the benefits of being on a team is that there is a synergy that helps each individual and the team as a whole grow together. How have you seen this dynamic work out in your church?
  8. What are the primary team positions we need to have functioning effectively in a church in order for the church as a whole to function in a healthy way? For example, we need teachers. What else do we need?
  9. What positions seem to have continual shortages?
  10. To what degree to the people on your team have an understanding, on an emotional level, that they are important to the team?
  11. How can we communicate to those who might not feel so important that they matter to the church?
  12. To what degree do the people on your team have a sense for how the "game"is going? Do the leaders you serve have an understanding of whether your church is growing or not?
  13. What are some ways you can communicate the score in a way that helps to motivate the team?
  14. The last quality of a good team is that the team members are willing to pay the price to get the job done. On a scale of one to ten, how are we doing on this one?
  15. Some pastors believe that this is the whole problem with churches today-that the people are just not committed. Do you agree?
  16. Do you think Christians as a whole are less committed then a generation ago?
  17. Why are many believers not more committed than they are?
  18. How can we motivate our leaders to a higher level of commitment?
  19. What is the benefit to me to be a fully committed follower?
  20. What price do I pay for not being committed?
  21. To what degree do the people in your church understand the benefits of commitment?
  22. From God's perspective, how committed are we, the people in this room?
  23. Would you join me in dedicating our lives fully to Christ, to the cause of the Great Commission, and to the leading leaders to be all they can be?

Chapter 8

OPEN

DIG

  1. Before we get into the details of the chapter, let's make a list of qualities important to great coaching. Let's make our own list o the board before we get into John Maxwell's list.
  2. A dream team coach chooses players well. What can a pastor learn from this?
  3. A dream team coach consistently communicated the game plan. What can we learn from this?
  4. A dream team coach takes time to huddle. What can we learn?
  5. What does a huddle do for a team?
  6. When, where and how do we huddle with our team?
  7. John Maxwell sites and interesting study that revealed a wide gap between what employees want from their bosses and what the bosses perceived hey wanted. Do you think there would be a gap between what church members want from their pastors and what the pastors perceive they want?
  8. A dream team coach excels at problem solving. What knotty problem do you have at your church right now that we could help you to solve?
  9. What is your normal approach when you have a knotty problem at your church? Who do you turn to for advice?
  10. Do your team members feel they have the support they need from you?
  11. Let's talk about respect. Who is the most respected pastor you have known?
  12. How is respect earned?
  13. Is it more difficult to earn respect as a pastor than it used to be?
  14. John Maxwell says a dream team coach does not treat everyone the same. Why is this wise?
  15. John Maxwell enters into a brief discussion of burn out. Have you ever tasted burn out?
  16. How do you know when you experience burn out?
  17. What is the cure to burn out?
  18. Do you think most pastors tend to work too hard, and are at risk of burn out, or are we prone to being lazy?
  19. How effective are you are delegating?
  20. What keeps you from delegating when you could benefit from doing so?
  21. What are the benefits to you of delegating?
  22. How does insecurity keep us from delegating?
  23. Look at some other reasons for failure to delegate on page 170 - 171. Which of these reasons apply to you?

REVIEW

  1. Which of the ideas we have discussed today has the greatest take home value for you?
   

 

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