I took away these thoughts on raising leaders from a forum at our Foursquare district conference this week:

GOD CAN USE ANYBODY
-> Fish for people who are simply sensing and responding to the call of God
-> Look at who God already has brought you and accept them for where they are right now. Don’t focus on the future – you’ll miss where you are because you are always focused on where you are going.

FOLLOWSHIP IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN LEADERSHIP
->The point of discipling is to help people follow Jesus
->Follow a follower who is following Jesus

RAISE UP PEOPLE TO BE THE WAY GOD MADE THEM TO BE
-> Don’t raise up “mini-me’s”

THE CHURCH IS CHRIST’S, NOT MINE
-> Don’t love the church more than you love your own relationship with God or more than you love your family.
-> “Quit getting your strokes off the church – you’re a eunuch, she’s a virgin; and she’s Christ’s bride.”

OPERATE FROM A PLACE OF ETERNAL SECURITY, NOT ETERNAL INSECURITY
-> Applaud those who are greater than you. That’s how you raise them up.

DISCIPLE
-> Develop a discipleship track for people in your church, from youth on up
-> Get them involved in all aspects of ministry so they’re exposed to everything, but don’t rely on them too heavily for any one thing.

MALE VS. FEMALE CHURCHES
-> Is your church male or female?
-> Is your church making leaders just by spreading seed (the Word) or by growing, nurturing, and birthing them without killing the mother (church)
-> You birth a leader from the heart when you want them to be launched, but the body isn’t ready for it. Instead, birth them from the womb – raise them and nurture them within the body by integrating them completely before you release them.