The Lord instructs us to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15). He also instructs us (via Paul to Timothy) “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim 2:2).
How do the elders/shepherds of the church encourage men to grow as the leaders of their families and teachers of other men? There are many ways both formal and informal. As we’ve discussed this issue with many other leaders of churches we’ve been given many excellent examples of church based leadership training.
So, what do we do?
First of all we encourage our men to have both personal time in the word every day and lead their families in Family Worship on a daily basis. There is no better foundation and none other that is pointed to in the Scriptures.
Secondly, as shepherds, we see both the needs of the body and individual. Everyone who comes to our local body comes from a different place. At times we see a weakness in the body as a whole, or a topic that springs up in discussion, so we may announce a men’s meeting or series of meetings to address it.
Because the needs are varied and our local body is spread out, we are currently offering the following options:
- Essentials of the Faith discipleship series taught by Jay Hess on various days of the week. The entire family is included in the study.
- Advanced topics covers issues that go beyond the ‘Essentials’ series and is taught by Jay Hess in a private home in the Raleigh area.
We have a had a variety of things we’ve studied together in a variety of forms.
Some of our men (or families) meet with each other regularly or irregularly to work through various issues together.