Leadership Training in the Book of Acts

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Part 1 Luke’s continuation of his historical sketch of the early Christian movement expands in the book of Acts. In our previous posts, we considered how Luke’s Gospel set forth the practice of our Lord in training leaders who would pastor, plant, and revitalize churches. But leadership development from the congregational angle did not stop with…



Following Jesus’ Training Model

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Jesus “was his own school and curriculum” when it came to his training model, observed Robert Coleman.  Despite lacking knowledge of a specific curriculum that Jesus used in training his disciples, contemporary pastoral mentors can certainly utilize the broad areas in which Jesus implemented training for their own mentoring ministries. In previous posts we looked…



The Impact of Mentoring through the Local Church

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In my last blog post I addressed the local church as the training ground for ministry. This post will look more specifically at the matter of pastoral mentoring for training gospel workers following the pattern of Jesus.Mentoring takes place in close association or “consociation,” as Günter Krallmann puts it. He notes that Jesus saw “consociation…



The Local Church: The Training Ground for Ministry

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In a recent conversation with a seminary professor, we talked on a topic of great interest to me as a pastor engaged in training the next generation. He told of how he has been teaching Greek to members of his local church. He said that they started out with a class of fifty-five and ended…