Coach New Leaders
As Jesus and Paul Did
Anchor command. “The things which you
have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to
faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2
Anchor story. Priscilla and Aquila coach Apollos, A
powerful leader. Acts 18: 24-28
Anchor verse. Jesus “appointed twelve, so that
they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach, and to have
authority to cast out the demons.” Mark 3:14-15
Learning goal. Discover in the Bible how
godly leaders coach and mobilize new leaders.
Growth goal. Avoid abstract,
classroom-type training when mobilizing new leaders for action.
Skill goal. To mobilize new leaders
quickly, coach them as they coach others, in turn.
Outcome goal. Churches multiply fast,
as leaders coach their own ‘Timothies.’
Father in heaven, help us
to coach new leaders, to help them edify those whom they serve. Help those
whom we coach to coach other newer leaders, so that your kingdom on earth
will continue to spread.
Learn from how Priscilla and Aquila coached Apollos.
Acts 18: 24-28
qualities did Apollos have that enabled him to be an effective speaker? Verse
do we know that Apollos was willing to learn from others? 25-26
did Aquila and Priscilla coach Apollos, before or after listening
to him to discern his need? 26
did Apollos demonstrate from Scripture to some Jews in public? 28
did Apollos do, after Aquila and Priscilla coached him in their home? 27-28
and Aquila worked together in harmony as a team to serve Christ. What can you
do to help married couples in your flock work together in the same way?
During the week…
and your coworkers prayerfully consider any believers who would benefit from
coaching, to become effective leaders.
meeting with these new leaders, and give them ministry responsibilities that
they can perform with your guidance.
shepherding skills for the new leaders, while working with people.
advising new leaders, let them first report what they have done and relate any
problems that they face. Focus on the people that the new leader is serving.
abstract teaching while mentoring leaders. Instead, focus on definite people
the story of
and Aquila when they coached Apollos. Acts 18: 24-28. Ask the same
questions as above, and urge the believers to discuss the answers.
trainees report significant progress in their ministries, and pray for them.
the children to present what they have prepared.
together 2 Timothy 2:2.
Train leaders in two ways:
to a group like Jesus did when He taught the crowds,
a small group like Jesus did to prepare His apostles.
these two training methods in balance.
When to provide coaching.
leaders and new congregations, like newly born babies, have urgent needs.
They need someone with a little more experience to mentor them.
congregations and mature leaders no longer require so much attention. Paul,
like Jesus, stopped mentoring his trainees as soon as they could continue
serving without his constant help.
workshops and short courses for those who need them. However, these do not
meet all the needs of new leaders, so mentor them the same way Jesus and Paul
mentored their trainees, on the job while working with people.
How does one leader coach another?
these eight things to do:
the group small, so that you will have time to deal with each trainee.
shepherding skills while working with people, in a way that is easy to
to each trainee’s report. Each trainee must report on what he and his flock
have done since your last meeting. Each one must also describe what are the
needs of his flock.
each trainee to plan activities. Write down what he and his flock will do to
meet their needs. Introduce activities that the New Testament requires and
are still lacking or are weak.
spending much time on solving problems. Aim in every mentoring meeting to add
something new that builds up the new congregation.
trainees to tell to you what they have studies. Find what they learned from
the reading assigned in the previous meeting.
new reading. Look carefully over the list of available studies and choose
studies that fit each student’s plans. The learners will not all study the
for each other. Pray for guidance and power, and for the people you are
Develop biblical mentoring “chains.” (Arrows → show who mentored whom.)
→ Moses → Israel's elders who shepherded a
→ Joshua → his soldiers that would conquer the
→ Barak → his soldiers that would defeat idolatrous
→ Samuel → King Saul and King David
→ David → Solomon → Queen of Sheba
→ His apostles → elders of new congregations
→ Ethiopian official
Aquila → Apollos
Paul → Timothy
(2 Tim. 2:2)
Plan with your co-workers additional activities to do
during the week.
other congregations in the area have leaders who need mentoring, then visit
them to arrange it.
any believers or friends who need instruction of any kind. Listen to them to
discern their needs and opportunities for serving.
with your co-workers additional, optional activities to do during worship
Explain how to balance the
two ways of training (#1, above) and tell about some of the people in the
Bible who mentored others (#4).
the Paul–Timothy mentoring chain.
everyone to stand and form four groups, separate from each other. Explain
that each group is a separate city.
someone to read 2
Explain that this verse reveals four links in this chain of
reproducing new congregations:
1) Paul in Antioch,
2) Timothy in Ephesus,
3) ‘faithful men,’ some of whom were in Colosse,
4) ‘others also,’ some of whom lived in Laodicea.
Act out what actually happened historically:
1) Antioch. Paul and
Barnabas carried God’s Word first from Antioch. Ask two people from the first
group to carry a Bible to the second group, which is Ephesus.
2) Ephesus. Paul mentored
Timothy, whom he left in Ephesus to carry on God’s work. Two from Ephesus
carry the Bible to Colosse.
3) Colosse. Timothy
mentored “faithful men.” These were other elders in Ephesus and in Colosse,
including Epaphras (Colossians
Two from Colosse carry the Bible to Laodicea.
4) Laodicea. Epaphras from
Colosse mentored “others also” in Laodicea (Colossians 4:12–13).
Ask for reports of mentoring that believers have
Discuss plans in groups of two or three. Pray,
plan mentoring and encourage each other.
To introduce the Lord’s Supper, read Romans 16:3–5 and explain that Aquila and
Priscilla hosted congregations in their home in Rome, in Ephesus (1 Cor. 16:19) and probably in Corinth. This
reminds us of where the believers in the apostles’ time celebrated the Lord’s
Supper. They broke bread in small groups where each believer could have close
fellowship with everyone else.