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May 26, 2015Leadership

20 Truths from Discipling and Multiplying Leaders by John Amstutz

What can we learn about leadership from the lives of Paul and Peter?
20 Truths from Discipling and Multiplying Leaders by John Amstutz

1. Who a leader becomes and is as a person is of greater significance than ability or accomplishments, for what we do flows out of who we are. (14)

2. Faith pleases God. It believes he exists and rewards those who sincerely seek him. (18)

3. The making of a leader is the making of a disciple, a follower, who has received new life and a new heart and is inwardly growing in goodness. (24)

4. The making of a leader is the making of a disciple, a follower who is coming to know who Jesus truly is, and is following him on his terms. (28)

5. It is within this community, bound together by faith, where they will learn to live together as the family of God. They will learn to get along. Doing life together, they will learn to pray for one another, bear one another’s burdens, be kind to one another, and yes, confess their sins to one another and forgive one another—from the heart. (37)

6. No, we are not yet perfect or fully complete, but we press on to take hold of that for which Christ has taken hold of us. We want to live up to what we have already attained—the measure of maturity, out of which will flow ministry like that of Christ. (41)

7. The medium is an expression of the message. Ministry flows ouat of who we are. Ministry maturity is directly related to life maturity. (43)

8. Learning to be devoted to one another in brotherly love is learning to be kind and compassionate, to honor one another above ourselves. (44)

9. Following Jesus changed Peter. His transformation was evident, so evident he became known by the surname Jesus gave him—Cephas, the rock. (59)

10. Leaders grow and develop as they continue to be teachable, having ears to hear and hearts to obey. (61)

11. The reproduction of leaders was Paul’s pattern of leadership multiplication. Only in this way could the gospel continue to spread, with disciples made and churches multiplied. (68)

12. The multiplying of leaders involves being willing to be mentored, to become a mentor, and to encourage others to do likewise. (75)

13. As Barnabas had mentored and raised up Paul, so Paul had trained and raised up Timothy, developing and releasing a young, timid disciple to become a leader of leaders. (83)

14. The multiplying of leaders requires trusting developing leaders with increasing responsibility and authority with accountability. (88)

15. The multiplying of leaders includes teaming up and working together with other leaders who have complementing gifts and abilities. (96)

16. The prize is the point. Paul knew that “everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.” Why? Because athletes have their eye on the goal—being crowned the winner. (99)

17. Experienced leaders apprentice developing leaders, training them on-site with insight. (113)

18. Delegating responsibility with authority affirms and encourages developing leaders, letting them know they are trusted. (114)

19. Leaving a legacy involves not just finishing, but finishing well. It is characterized by a life of faithfulness and fruitfulness. (122)

20. Multiplication is what keeps the whole body of Christ, the whole kingdom of God growing and moving forward…By investing in the multiplication of followers, disciples, and leaders we will be contributing to that ultimate worship experience at the end of time—the one that will last. (124)

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