And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2
Healthy churches—ones that are developing, growing, and maturing—need to be continually recruiting, developing, and empowering new leaders. A new leader can greatly multiply what you can do in evangelism, discipleship, and other areas of ministry.
Every leader has experienced a lack of leadership around them at one time or another. The wonderful thing is that a need for more leaders is not a surprise to God. We believe that by the time you notice that you need them, God has already given you all the leaders you need in your church, no matter how big or small it is. Your job is to find them and invest in them so they can become the leaders you need—the leaders God has designed them to be from the start.
Fortunately, we have the perfect role model for leadership development in Jesus. His leadership team has continued to develop and reproduce for two millennia. We have taken our leadership development materials and methods straight from what we see Jesus do in the gospels with his disciples. Based on that, we’ve developed a six-step process, represented by the letters IRTDMN.
I — Identify
R — Recruit
T — Train
D — Deploy
M — Monitor
N — Nurture
In broad strokes, these steps describe the arc of developing a leader. Multiply Vineyard’s aim is to help equip and empower local church leaders and planters to take lots of people through that process—to unlock the leadership God has already supplied. Take some time to browse through the resources we’ve made available, and please contact us with any questions.
- Blog: We regularly run articles on our blog dealing with this very topic. Check them out below, and subscribe so you won’t miss a single post.
- “Launching Leaders” booklet: Explore the IRTDMN process in greater depth with the booklet “Launching Leaders,” written by Michael Gatlin. The print edition is available through Vineyard Resources, or get a digital copy for free by subscribing to the Multiply Vineyard blog. Don’t miss this great resource! (Already subscribed and you don’t have a copy? Contact Us
Coaching: Multiply Vineyard is offering free coaching to all church planters who want to grow and multiply their churches someday. If you aren’t taking advantage of it yet, we strongly encourage you to check it out. Coaching gives you someone in your corner to help you clarify your thinking and come up with solutions so you can better tackle tough problems like finding and developing leaders. Find out more here.