I hope this podcast is of some use to my friends, both of you! I just shared some thoughts on how we train leaders.

How to Train Leaders

The greatest failure in leaving indigenous churches on the field, is not the investing of so many funds, it is not the lack of language ability by the missionary, it is the misunderstanding of the goal of our ministry. Missionaries go as soul winners, and they can win many souls to Christ, but winning people to Christ and getting professions of faith does not necessarily mean that they will congregate in the local church. Others would say, “It is my job to plant a Church,” they will get a piece of land, build a building, get a crowd together, and even train them in how to have a church, but they will get caught up in the mechanics and day to day activities and not be able to find a national pastor to take over the work. Many well meaning Christians go to the mission field on short term trips, they boast on great numbers of professions of faith, they even boast with how many churches they have started, but the great lack are men of God capable of leading the church, so the question must be, “What is the missing ingredient in leaving indigenous churches?” It is often stated that the problem is the amount of money from America that causes such great dependence, but the truth is that there is a vacuum of leadership. Most missionaries start with a pastor mentality instead of a missionary mentality, although all missionaries will have to pastor the church, the real missionary will pastor as a means to an end, he only pastors as he prepares leaders

  • The best example of all is that of Jesus Christ the greatest missionary who ever lived.
  • First he prayed a long time before choosing who he would train. Luke 6:12
  • Ask God for a band of men I Samuel 10:26
  • Start praying as of right now for the man to train
  • It took Jesus all night in prayer so you can expect it to take a while
  • He chose these men to be with him Mark 3:14.
  • He spent much more of his time with the leaders than regular people Matthew 13:10-17, 36. 80–20% principle.
  • He had them put the theory into practice while He was still here to correct and guide them. Luke 10:1, 17; 8:22, 25, John 6:6
  • It was obvious that they had been with him. Acts 4:13
  • Paul realized that as he trained men there were deficiencies that he had to be correcting Titus 1:5
  • It is more caught than taught. They learn from watching us. I Corinthians 16:10-11, 4:17
  • It is essential that a missionary learn that his job is to train to do the work and not to do the work.
  • Ephesians 4:11-16. Gifted people were given to the church to train the people or perfect them to do the work of the ministry that the body might be edified
  • The missionary should teach them everything that he can. Acts 20:27, Matthew 28:19-20
  • Decide now what your goal is as a missionary. Without the right goal you will never accomplish what your heart desires
  • After prayer the next step is to choose the right person to train. II Timothy 2:2
  • The one you train to lead must be faithful
  • Every new believer should be placed immediately in a discipleship program so that everyone is either discipling or being discipled.
  • Those who grow and mature are the ones you begin to consider for further leadership training.
  • Watch their attitude during the services
  • See how much they want to be a part
  • Be sure he is capable enough to teach and train others also.
  • Be on the lookout for men
  • Ask God for a band of men whose hearts he has touched. I Samuel 10:26
  • Be on the lookout for men that you can call to yourself and train. I Samuel 14:52
  • Change your attitude about nationals.
  • Remember you get what you expect
  • They will never rise higher than what you expect of them.
  • Get rid of all negative attitudes
  • No one else can do it as well as I can!
  • It takes longer to train them than it does to just do it!
  • They will never do it as well as we can!
  • There are no good nationals or I can’t find any!
  • Principles you need in the training of men
  • Double Vision Judges 6:13-18
  • Take them forward at a speed that they can go Genesis 33:13-14
  • Love them like as though they were your very children. I Timothy 1:2, II Timothy 1:2, Titus 1:4
  • Amazingly our children would always make the best workers on the field
  • We work diligently and patiently with our own children.
  • Teach them character from the very beginning
  • Raise them like you would children
  • Teach them to dress
  • Teach them how to work, walk, live
  • If they know you love them and want their success then they will allow you to teach them.
  • Remember people are not disposable
  • Challenge them and expect great things
  • Learn to cast your vision
  • Remember you get what you look for, expect, and honor
  • It is more caught than taught. They learn from watching us.
  • I Corinthians 16:10-11, 4:17
  • Get the right priorities in your ministry (Workers then People then Buildings)

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17 Comments
  • Posted November 28, 2012 3:22 pm
    by Jason Holt

    Excellent podcast again! This is exactly what young missionaries need. Thanks for helping us.

  • Posted November 28, 2012 5:37 pm
    by Jeff Bush

    Instructive and encouraging. Thank you very much for taking the time to do this podcast. I am sure it is going to be a big help for many of my missionary friends as it is for me. Thanks and God bless!

  • Posted November 29, 2012 11:51 am
    by Chris Waye

    Very helpful and good stuff!

    • Posted November 29, 2012 11:53 am
      by wagardner

      thanks for listening. If it helps share it with a friend

  • Posted November 29, 2012 1:53 pm
    by Kyle Sheridan

    Your teaching was very insightful as always. Thank you for sharing. I really liked the comment you made about expecting much from the people and how they will never rise above what you think they are capable of; that was something I needed to hear right now. It was good to hear some ways on how to choose men to invest myself into like following Jesus’ example of prayer and also by watching men’s reaction to preaching…I would like to hear some more thoughts along this line. I didn’t hear last week’s so I am going to put it on now as we are preparing some evangelistic materials. Thanks Jason Holt for posting a link to this on Facebook.

    • Posted November 29, 2012 1:56 pm
      by wagardner

      God bless you dr Sheridan. Thanks for listening. I am excited to see how God will use you there.

  • Posted November 29, 2012 2:59 pm
    by Jonathan Anderson

    Thanks again! Very helpful and as Jason said very helpful for younger missionaries. I am able to apply most of the stuff right now or very soon in the ministry here. The part about the 80 20 and it representing time spent with men really helped me. I only have applied that principle with my personal time and my todo list in the past. Very helpful!

    Thanks again!

    • Posted November 29, 2012 3:02 pm
      by wagardner

      God bless you brother Anderson. I am blessed that there is some help in the podcast. Keep up the good work!

  • Posted December 4, 2012 4:26 am
    by David Velasquez

    I am really enjoying these podcasts. I felt like I was sitting on the floor in your living room in Perú like old times. I hope you continue with this podcast. Today I was reminded of my priority ministry. God Bless.

    • Posted December 4, 2012 4:35 am
      by wagardner

      you are a great encourager and a great blessing. I pray that God greatly uses you more and more every day as I know that He already is. Tell your wonderful wife that I said hello!

  • Posted December 11, 2012 10:56 am
    by Bill Edwards

    Great Post. I am a church plant in Greenville, Ohio. There is no conceivable reason that this could not be worked out in an American context. Our goal is to reproduce ourselves, to make disciples. Our prayer is that in the next two years we will be sending out our first church planter, with one condition….he must be committed to making disciples and multiply himself by starting churches.

    The problem we see in our culture as that there is no missionary mentality among pastors. Sadly, most live to glorify their self and teach there people to do the same instead of glorifying God.

    • Posted December 11, 2012 12:49 pm
      by wagardner

      Amen. Glad to hear from you. More coming

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