Part of the goal of our Leadership Development Groups is to get peers to begin discipling each other. If the Church is constantly waiting for vocational ministers to begin doing ministry, we won’t meet the growing needs and challenges of this world. So we design our groups to have a “process partner” component to it. Every month, through guided discussion questions and assignments, we pair up participants, and they meet up with someone different in the group to process the material togerher.
Remember Kenya? Well, I placed him with a great guy named John in the group this past month. John is a very successful young man as a financial analyst, and, more than that, his heart for Jesus and for the city is contagious. As he and Kenya were meeting, they talked about how they had grown complacent in Bible study and prayer, and felt like they both needed help to overcome that barrier. Through using the tools they have learned in the group, they started meeting every day before work to read their Bibles and pray together. The next time the group met, they shared with everyone what a difference this practice has met. They are having more hope to confront challenging situations in the work place, and have more peace to go throughout their days. How cool is that?
Another guy Sam meets with, let’s call him Bob, has been struggling with a pornography addiction for most of his adult life. While this scenario is unfortunately not uncommon, Bob has sincerely responded in the Spirit as he was convicted by God through Sam and their meetings. This is exciting in itself, but what is more exciting, is Sam has seen Bob become more aware of God in other areas of his life. He is asking many questions about how to date woman in a Godly manner, and Sam has been training him in how to have conversations about Jesus in his work place. As Bob was able to surrender one area of his life to Christ, the rest came more into focus as well, and he is moving towards being unleashed at his work place for the Kingdom of God. So exciting!