Andy Stanley's final message at Catalyst stressed one big idea: the vitality of Christian leadership depends on apprenticeship. Stanley defines apprenticeship as the process of "selecting, modeling, and coaching for the purpose of replacing yourself." As Stanley said in an earlier talk, most of us have a problem with that word selecting. It seems so unfair. But Jesus wasn't "fair"—in the sense that he didn't spend the same amount of time with each disciple. According to Stanley, "Our job is to look behind us and pour our lives into a few selected people."
This leads to another implication for every leader: "Your responsibility is to empty your cup. It is not your responsibility to fill someone else's cup." That should take a huge burden off of us as leaders. We don't have to know everything. We don't have to be experts. We don't have to fix people and fill their cups. For Stanley, "If you are one step ahead of anyone, you have something to offer to someone who is one step behind you." ...1