From the book Exponential by Dave & Jon Ferguson (check out page 64, Dave told me to do this):
The Five Steps of Leadership Development.
1. I do. You watch. We talk.
2. I do. You help. We talk.
3. You do. I help. We talk.
4. You do. I watch. We talk.
5. You do. Someone else watches. (The apprentice begins to develop a new apprentice)
"Ideally, the leader who has developed and released several apprentices will continue to work with those leaders in a coaching capacity."
Lately, I've been thinking about how we have somehow turned this idea of being a "disciple" into meaning being a "consumer." Isn't it true that in most churches where discipleship is a priority (or at least a buzz word), that what is meant by this term is: "come sit in a class, or a small group, or even 1-on-1, and someone will teach you the importance of prayer, Bible study, Holy Communion, baptism, etc.?" Could Ferguson be correct, and "apprentice" is actually a better term for what we are to become and reproduce? Following Jesus is about more than tagging-along; its about learning do what Jesus did (does). Hasn't it always been about that?
Jesus said, "The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father." (John 14:12 NLT) Jesus reproduced who He was (is), and what He did (does)... and said we would do even greater things! Shouldn't we be following this leadership design in His church?