Paul said “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). Though Paul’s claim seems bold, it is very much what we are looking for in a discipleship leader: someone whose pursuit and devotion to Christ can be imitated, but what that looks like from leader to leader may vary. How do you discern a potential leader’s devotion to Christ? Pray, pray, and pray some more. Dependence on the Holy Spirit is crucial as you ask these questions:
- When was the last time you read your Bible? What has the Lord been teaching you lately in your Bible reading? Do you have a plan or system that helps structure your devotions? A good leader should be spending regular time in God’s Word that they can then share with their group.
- When was the last time you attended corporate worship? Commitment to your church and obedience to observing the sabbath is an important part of leadership.
- What Bible verse have you committed to memory, and how has God used His Word in your life? A good leader should be able to share how God’s Word is living and active in his life.
- What does your prayer life look like? A good leader should be able to model an active prayer life.
Some churches require discipleship leaders to pass a class on the basic Biblical knowledge and theology. Depending on the level of teaching required of your leaders, that may not be necessary, but it would probably be beneficial.
As you recruit leaders, don’t forget the importance of ongoing training and shepherding. Check in with them regularly to see how their groups are going, and make sure they have access to the tools and accountability that will make them effective leaders. Here is a list of Accountability Questions from our Leader’s Free Resource page.