Developing the Leaders Around You
by John Maxwell
to Pastor Study by Josh Hunt
I hope you will enjoy the on-going process of learning to be
a better pastor through interactive peer to peer groups. I am writing a number
of studies to serve you. My goal is to help Southern Baptist reach 20 million in
Sunday School attendance by the year 2020 (and to offer whatever help I can to
others in the process). In order to do this, we need to improve in a thousand
different areas at every level of the organization. There is no one key to
church growth. Through a thousand different skill improvement areas, we can
become obedient to the great commission. Your participation in this study speaks
well of you. Keep up the good work.
- Let's begin by sharing one strength we
have as a leader.
- This is our last session of
this book. Let's review. Suppose you were asked to give a one hour session
to young "preacher boys" on how to develop leaders. What would you tell
- Describe your plan for developing leaders.
- Is there
anything still missing from your plan? Any questions you still have?(1)
This chapter deals with our adding value to the organization and to the
leaders we seek to develop. Repeat after me: "I am valuable to the leaders I
seek to develop." How does it feel to say the words, "I am valuable."
Is it important to feel that we are valuable to the organization? Why?
Can feeling that we are valuable be overdone?(2)
Is it possible to be very confident and very humble simultaneously?(3)
In what ways do we add value to the organization? Let's make a list on the
- Who remembers the illustration of the turtle on a fence post?
How does this illustration teach about our value?
- One of the ways we
add value to the organization is to cast a vision. Must the vision come from
- Evaluate your ability to cast a vision for your people. Is
this something that comes easily for you? Are you good at vision-casting? Do
you like vision casting?
- What goes into effective vision casting?
Another thing we do to add value to the organization is to encourage the
troops and help them to believe in themselves. Why is this important?
How can we help people to believe in themselves?
- Are the people you
serve confident that you will support them if they try new things?
On page 192 John Maxwell mentions the tendency for some to be "yes-men" to
their leaders. What causes this dynamic to take place?
- How would you
know if your people were "yes-men"-only telling you what you want to hear?
How would you help yes-men to be more honest and forthright?
we leave this chapter, let's do what we can to lend confidence to one
another. I would invite you to say something encouraging to one person in
this room.(4) I will keep track and we will
stop when everyone has heard at least two compliments from this part of the
- In this
chapter, we will talk about reproduction which leads to multiplication. Have
you seen an example where someone trained someone who trained someone who
- Are leaders born or made?
- John Maxwell says
he has never met a leader that did possess great relational skills. Do you
- What are some of the key components of relational skills?
Let's make a list on the board.
- Is getting along with people easy or
- Can relational skills be taught?
- Who can tell about a
person that you helped to improve their relational skills?
- Do you
improve relational skills through a sermon?
- What are some key verses
that speak to people skills?(5)
other means do we have to improve people skills?(6)
Someone look up 2 Timothy 2:2. How many generations of leaders does this
verse speak of? Let's make a diagram on the board.
- Paul says he told
Timothy some things in the presence of many witnesses. We don't know how
many witnesses. Let's suppose it is four. Let's suppose each level
reproduced four times. How many would we have at the end of this verse?(7)
What compelling illustration of the power of multiplication have you heard,
or used in preaching?
- What causes the multiplication process to
- Multiplication is so powerful, in theory. Why hasn't it
- Where could your church be in five years if just half of
your leaders multiplied?
- Where have you seen multiplication work
effectively in your ministry?
- Let's concentrate on this one task:
developing leaders who can reproduce their groups. What does it take to make
this happen? What do the group leaders in your church need from you in order
to become leaders who reproduce their groups?
- Jesus said the harvest
is plentiful but the laborers are few. Let's pray together that God would
send out laborers and that we would be willing to serve him in developing
is more important to teach the group than it is to cover the material. If these
questions take up your whole allotted time, so be it.
Not exactly. Other, balancing truths could be neglected, but confidence cannot
be overdone. It is possible to have lots of confidence and lots of humility.
3. Jesus was.
4. It would probably work well if
you would be an example and do so yourself first.
How about, "A soft answer turns away wrath." Or, "bear with one anther in love."
Or, "Do everything without complaining or arguing."
How about asking your teachers to teach a training course on people skills. They
themselves would learn much in the process.
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