For years, I have been training pastoral leaders and strengthening local churches in over 40 countries. I can clearly see that God is moving around the world. In country after country the church is growing with new believers. Currently someone is being birthed into the Kingdom of God at a rate of one every two seconds. Praise God for that is truly miraculous. But with the growth of new believers in the Kingdom there is also a corresponding problem that must be addressed.
A few years ago I was heading to one of my seminars being held in Argentina. I was travelling in a taxi with Pastor Gonzalez when I casually asked, “So, what’s been going on in your ministry lately?” To which he responded, “Oh, last week we just opened another church in a nearby town.” So I asked him, “Wow that’s great, so how many churches have you opened altogether?” Amazingly he said, “Praise God that was the 200th church we’ve started!” I was astounded, and I guess my dropped jaw told him so. “But Steve,” he said, “you’ve got to realize that this is what the Holy Spirit is currently doing throughout Latin America. Where in years past we suffered great persecution, and getting people saved was so very difficult, now that has changed. I have the faith today that I can go to any town, start preaching on a street corner, and in a matter of two weeks birth a church. Starting churches seems to be the easy part, the difficulty is in developing the leaders to shepherd those churches. And that is why I am so thankful for your efforts. We need help in training leaders!”
I have come to realize that the training of leaders needs to cover three basic areas; character, conduct and content.
Character is who you are.
Conduct is how you function in your ministry.
And Content is what you believe.
If you, as a leader, can have basic training in each of these areas then you will be much better prepared to serve the Lord in the ministry to which you have been called. With these thoughts in mind, I have prepared the following material in a catechismal format. For centuries this format has been used to educate students. Catechism is simply instruction through the use of questions and answers. With a catechism format this book can then be used by an individual for personal study, by a group with an informal leader, or in a classroom setting with a formal instructor. Unless otherwise stated, all scripture references will be from the New International Version. However you choose to use this workbook, I trust that you will be blessed and further established in your faith and leadership gifting.
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