God may bring to you people who are already skilled or knowledgeable in certain areas. They may not need as much training. Perhaps you are to simply recognize their gifts and what they can offer to serve God’s purposes, and then encourage and release them.

WHERE DO I BEGIN?

God wants to use every church leader to train even more leaders. But how is this accomplished?

Start by asking the Lord to give you a “Timothy”. It may be a friend, a member of your church, or even part of your own family. Be careful to not look just on the outward appearance or at the obvious giftings. Ask God to help you see your “Timothy” as He sees him. Remember, “For the Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1Sam 16:7).

Your “Timothy” may be someone with a very broken past who needs lots of help from God. That is not a problem for God. The Bible teaches us that those who are forgiven of much also love much (Luke 7:27). A person with a heart that is loyal to God, who loves Him and wants to serve Him, is a better choice than someone with merely an acceptable outward appearance.

Jesus chose His leadership team by first praying: “Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles” (Luke 6:12-14).

After an extended time of prayer, Jesus chose twelve out of those closest to him to become His apostles. During His remaining time on this earth, Jesus trained, discipled, taught and sent out in ministry these twelve people. They were not “natural born leaders”. They were just ordinary men from many different walks of life, including fishermen and tax collectors. Some were well-educated, others were not. But they all had in common a deep desire to serve the Lord and make His truth and salvation known to all men!

So pray for God to provide those whom He would have you train; and pray that God would help you to see them as He sees them!

QUALIFYING FOR LEADERSHIP

God can use anyone He chooses to perform his will, even a donkey! (Num 22:20-35). However, God can be most effective through people who obey Him and will do things His way. Thus, the Bible gives us keys to help us recognize good potential leaders. These keys include the characteristics that should be a growing part of the life of every potential church leader.

Moses needed men who were ready to take on leadership responsibilities immediately. Thus, the standard of requirements was higher than it might be for those still training for leadership.

It was likely that Moses did not personally know most of the people he led. So he left the selection of the leaders to those who knew them best: the people with whom they lived in community (Deut 1:13). This example was also followed by the apostles (Acts 6:3).