Developing Leadership For Discipleship Groups At Mountain View Community Church, Richfield, Pennsylvania
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Chapter 1 describes the demographics and ministry context of Mountain View Community Church. This chapter also includes four measurable and obtainable goals of the ministry project and serves as the rationale for developing leaders for discipleship groups. Chapter 2 examines the biblical and theological support for leadership development. It focuses on 1 Peter 4:10-11, an overview of Paul's training of Timothy in 1 Timothy, and the choosing of the seven deacons in Acts 6:1-7. These three texts serve as biblical models on how to identify, train, and deploy leaders. Chapter 3 addresses other models of development used by Spurgeon and contemporary writers. It details the rationale and methodology for pastoral leadership, multiplication, and evangelism. Chapter 4 outlines the course of this project. This chapter is designed to help other church leaders should they wish to duplicate the leadership development process used for discipleship groups at Mountain View. Finally, chapter 5 evaluates the project's purpose as well as the accomplishment of the four goals. It addresses what could be changed, what went well, and what could be improved. It concludes with some theological and personal reflections.