Developing the Leaders Around You
by John Maxwell
to Pastor Study by Josh Hunt
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.
Let's begin by sharing one ministry victory or success we have had that we
feel good about.
- 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?
- How can we import the
benefits of the team experience into the churches we lead?
- To what
degree are the leaders we lead moving toward a common objective?
widely understood is the goal at your church?
- 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?
How close are we to that ideal?
- 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?
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?
- What positions
seem to have continual shortages?
- To what degree to the people on
your team have an understanding, on an emotional level, that they are
important to the team?
- How can we communicate to those who might not
feel so important that they matter to the church?
- 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
- What are some ways you can communicate the score in a way that
helps to motivate the team?
- 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?
- Some pastors
believe that this is the whole problem with churches today-that the people
are just not committed. Do you agree?
- Do you think Christians as a
whole are less committed then a generation ago?
- Why are many
believers not more committed than they are?
- How can we motivate our
leaders to a higher level of commitment?
- What is the benefit to me
to be a fully committed follower?
- What price do I pay for not being
- To what degree do the people in your church understand
the benefits of commitment?
- From God's perspective, how committed
are we, the people in this room?
- 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?
- What kind of teams did you play on growing
up? Anyone ever do any coaching?
- 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
- A dream team coach chooses players well. What can a
pastor learn from this?
- A dream team coach consistently communicated
the game plan. What can we learn from this?
- A dream team coach takes
time to huddle. What can we learn?
- What does a huddle do for a team?
When, where and how do we huddle with our team?
- 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?
- 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?
- What is your normal approach when
you have a knotty problem at your church? Who do you turn to for advice?
Do your team members feel they have the support they need from you?
Let's talk about respect. Who is the most respected pastor you have known?
How is respect earned?
- Is it more difficult to earn respect as a
pastor than it used to be?
- John Maxwell says a dream team coach does
not treat everyone the same. Why is this wise?
- John Maxwell enters
into a brief discussion of burn out. Have you ever tasted burn out?
How do you know when you experience burn out?
- What is the cure to
- Do you think most pastors tend to work too hard, and are
at risk of burn out, or are we prone to being lazy?
- How effective
are you are delegating?
- What keeps you from delegating when you
could benefit from doing so?
- What are the benefits to you of
- How does insecurity keep us from delegating?
Look at some other reasons for failure to delegate on page 170 - 171. Which
of these reasons apply to you?
- Which of the
ideas we have discussed today has the greatest take home value for you?