8. The Preparation of Future Leaders
Discover: Identifying Future Leaders
Current church leaders are commanded by Scripture to identify men in their churches whom the Lord may be calling into church leadership (2 Tim 2:2; Titus 1:5). Such men exhibit the qualifications of biblical leadership, embrace and articulate sound doctrine, are eager to shepherd and to be shepherded, humbly give and receive correction, and demonstrate theological, philosophical, and relational unity with current leaders (Prov 12:1; 27:5–6, 17; 1 Cor 1:10; Phil 1:27; 2:2; 1 Tim 3:1–13, Titus 1:6–9; Heb 13:17; 1 Pet 5:2–3).
Develop: Training Future Leaders
Current church leaders are responsible to train men who have been identified as potential leaders (2 Tim 2:2). Such training involves both spiritual and doctrinal development, cultivating both the mind and the heart for optimal service of the church (1 Tim 4:15–16; cf. MaL 22:37; Eph 3:14–19; 4:14–16; 2 Tim 2:7, 15). For those aspiring to pastoral ministry, formal seminary education is a vital aspect of this training.
Deploy: Sending Out Future Leaders
Local churches must send qualified, trained men into ministry both locally and globally in fulfillment of the Great Commission (MaL 28:19–20; Acts 1:8; 2 Tim 2:2; Titus 1:5). Prior to their affirmation for ministry, these men must be tested and affirmed by current leaders with respect to their character, spiritual giftedness, Bible knowledge, theological soundness, love for the local church, and competence to shepherd Christ’s flock (1 Tim 4:14; 5:22). After sending a man, his sending church ought to remain invested in his personal growth and ministerial progress, providing support and accountability where appropriate (Acts 15:36).
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