Part 3 – Identify an Apprentice
As you pray and cast vision to your small group, pray that God would help you identify a person to raise up and send out. As a church, we are committed to make disciples and we believe that every disciple is a disciple maker. This means disciple making is foundational for every member at our church, including small group leaders. Our goal is to always be looking for potential leaders. As you serve as a small group leader and look to identify an apprentice, we want you to do the following:
Pray for the Spirit’s leading. He may lead you to disciple people you would not have otherwise chosen. Base your estimation of the person on his or her spiritual walk and potential rather than externals. Look for people who are “faithful and fruitful”:
- Look for faithful people. The best leaders are those who are first faithful servants. They can say as Paul says, “I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus . . .(Acts 20:24).” We should count faithfulness to the calling of Christ as better than the comforts of life.
- Look for fruitful people. Spiritual leaders must be Spirit-filled. In the early church, even the office of deacon required people “full of the Spirit (Acts 6:3).” Without spirituality, a person cannot give true spiritual leadership. We want to see people that are exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit and being used by God to reach non-believers and disciple other believers.