Paul trained new believers with the idea that he would raise up leaders to replace himself. Notice how Paul describes this method of leadership training.
- Training was a combination of words and demonstration (1The 1:5).
- Learning occurred as they experienced real life problems (1The 1:6).
- They in turn trained others (1The 1:7-8).
How is this similar to identifying and developing an apprentice? How could you apply this method to raise up leaders? Each of us, as a leader, has the responsibility to develop others. Some of these may be people who could replace us. Others may have potential that is a better match elsewhere. If you see potential, do your best to nurture it.
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