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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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.

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#6 Develop your Leadership Effectiveness – REVIEW

#6 Develop your Leadership Effectiveness – REVIEW

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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 sixth step in the leadership developmental process is REVIEW: review the progress, people and success of a project.

It is important to pause and review. The three aspects of review mentioned above will help the team improve their performance in the future.

  • Progress – what changed?
  • People – who contributed?
  • Success – how to celebrate?

The most important aspect of the REVIEW process is to identify ways to improve in the future. They may be tiny adjustments or large scale interventions. The idea is that over time, significant change is possible.

Here is a real and present project that InFocus is involved in called COLLECTIVES, which are focused learning intensives to train you, and the leaders around you.

The first Collective was launched last Spring. After launching our first one on Disciplemaking and the second on Church Planting, we considered ways to improve. One of the changes we are introducing in January is our pilot Online Leadership Development Course. That means we will not only have the live course; but we will make a training kit available to leaders who want their entire team to experience the training together, through a series of videos.

We arrived at the idea when a need in the Collectives surfaced. It has been extremely helpful for leaders to go through the course. However, when the leader attempts to introduce the concepts to their team, there is a gap. That gap can be filled when the team engages in the Leadership Development process together! For more information on what is coming up, please click here.

The discipline of reviewing each Collective and surfacing needs along the way have accelerated our development. Without the important aspect of capturing the learnings and incorporating new ideas, most teams will keep doing the same things over and over again – expecting different results!

REVIEW is one way leaders create high-performing team.

This brings our blog series, Developing Your Leadership Effectiveness, to an end. As a gesture of appreciation in next week’s blog I will post an assessment for your use based on the six developmental steps we’ve been discussing: LEARN-EMPOWER-ASSESS-DECIDE-EVALUATE-REVIEW. Look for that next week.

Until then, I wish you a very Happy New Year!