What is the fruit of a disciple?

What is the fruit of a disciple?

I have reflected on this for some time.  Like the last 30+ years.  What is your answer?

When I asked a church staff this question, they responded a month later with a list of qualities that described a disciple.  For example: Godly character, biblical literate, service, humility, shares faith, etc.  And the list went on and on.  I was exhausted at the end of our meeting because I was convinced that no one I knew would ever measure-up; including me.

What I felt they were describing was a list of behaviors to make better disciples, but not to MAKE disciples.

This was troubling to me.  You could pragmatically help your people become better disciples but miss Jesus’ command to make disciples.  Jesus set the tone of His mission by showing His disciples that the best way to become a better disciple is by making disciples.

Taking this a step deeper.  Is your ministry making better disciples or more disciples?  What is the fruit of a disciple?  Simply put, the fruit of a disciple are disciples who are making disciples.

We have taken the mystery of what a fruitful disciple does in the Disciplemaking Collective.  We use a simple path to help disciples assess where they are on their disciplemaking journey called the Disciplemaking Coaching Guide and Storyboard (see image above).  CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Register for the Leadership Development Collective, LIVE online course today!

Register for the Leadership Development Collective, LIVE online course today!

Leaders have limited time and resources to develop – we provide coaching and training to help leaders develop their effectiveness!

For three years, InFocus worked with the North Point Partners from 2008-2011 to coach the 22 lead pastors in  their leadership effectiveness.  One of the insights we learned was that leaders need a plan to develop their leadership.  As a result, we created the Leadership Development Collective, a LIVE online course.

In three weeks I will co-facilitate the first of four group sessions with Troy Fountain who is a North Point Partner, the founding pastor of Wiregrass Church – which has grown and planted two campuses.  He started and led the 1st Strategic Partnership of North Point Community Church.  Troy brings years of experience to the Collective.

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Why people are done with church!

Why people are done with church!

When Josh Packard asked his subjects why they had left church, he found the top four reasons were:

  1. they wanted community… and got judgment;
  2. they wanted to affect the life of the church… and got bureaucracy;
  3. they wanted conversation… and got doctrine;
  4. they wanted meaningful engagement with the world… and got moral prescription.

A lot of research has been conducted to alert church leaders why people in modern society are leaving the church in record numbers.  This list gets at some important issues facing the mission of the local church today.  Read more at: To the Dones and the Almost Dones, I hear you by Michael Frost.

InFocus is offering two LIVE courses beginning in April.  Who do you know that would benefit from one of the following:

 

How do I develop as a leader?

How do I develop as a leader?

It is one of the recurring and underlying challenges most leaders face. Inspiration from respected leaders is good.  Information is helpful.  BUT application of key leadership concepts brings transformation.  With that in mind we decided to begin with the end in mind in the Develop the Leaders Around You LIVE Course.  We want to partner with you to discover steps you can take to advance in your leadership development.

Three things you will gain:

  1. Individualized coaching through your leadership development journey.
  2. A comprehensive framework to lead your team.
  3. Real-time actions you discover from the reflection questions provided.
I’m excited to co-facilitate the group sessions with Troy Fountain, the founding pastor of Wiregrass Church – which has grown and planted two campuses.  He started and led the 1st Strategic Partnership of North Point Community Church.  Troy has been coaching and consulting church leaders throughout the United States since 2007.  He is the Chief Operation Officer of The FOR CO. Troy and his wife live in Dothan, Alabama – they have three children.
Read the full description of the Develop the Leaders Around You LIVE Course.
Every leader needs a coach!

Every leader needs a coach!

The problem church planters, pastors & leaders face is understanding the value of having a coach.

  • Read this 2009 article from the Harvard Business Review entitled: “What Can Coaches Do For You?”
  • If you are seeking a coach; this article provides research on the do’s and don’ts of a good coach.
  • CAUTION – don’t get distracted by the context the article is written from, nor with the business-side of coaching.

If you would like to connect with InFocus please click here to schedule an appointment.

#5 Develop Your Leadership Effectiveness – EVALUATE

#5 Develop Your Leadership Effectiveness – EVALUATE

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Life-long learners constantly cycle through a developmental process to sharpen their leadership skills. It may be intuitive or it may be intentional. But the 6 steps are real: LEARN-EMPOWER-ASSESS-DECIDE-EVALUATE-REVIEW.  The fifth step in the leadership developmental process is EVALUATE: know how and when to evaluate team member’s performance to ensure the vision, the goals and the team member’s contributions are on track.

Here are 6 things you can do to keep your team on track:

  1. Point out the difference between the present situation and agreed upon expectations
  2. Describe specifically the negative impact of the individual’s performance
  3. Ask the person for their view of the situation
  4. Ask the individual for ideas on how the situation could be corrected, and then add your own if necessary
  5. Agree on action plan for improvement and a date for follow-up
  6. Express confidence that the individual can correct the situation

Evaluating is an important step in the Leadership Development Process. But Evaluating in itself is not enough. In fact, going to a workshop, listening to a podcast or even receiving a degree in leadership does not guarantee a person can lead. I’ve found that many people have knowledge but lack the experience of actually leading a team. Applying the knowledge and learning from success, as well as failure is critical in the developmental process.

InFocus is responding to this need through Live Courses called Collectives.  These “just in time” courses are designed for leaders who are in the trenches of developing the leaders around them.  Each course will engage participants in the 6 Step Leadership Development process above through a combination of group interaction and 1-1 coaching.  Learn more about the 2019 Collectives. 

The next step in the journey to develop as a leader is – Review.  Review occurs on the team as well as the individual performances of it’s members.  This is where we will pick-up next week.

Related Leadership Development Resources:

Effective Leadership Storyboard

 

Leadership Skill Builder