School of Leaders
"What shall we do that we might work the works of God?" John 6:28 picks up the call to "select, form and mobilize disciples" and be thoroughly equipped to rise to a level of significance.
Have you ever considered how much God appreciates you? One thing we can be absolutely sure of is that we have eternal significance in God's eyes. He sees us full of potential and He wants to use us to the full. No matter what our background, education or social standing, we are very valuable to Him. "You are precious and honored in My sight, because I love you" (Isaiah 43:4).
Purposeful and productive
When Jesus came to save us he did not save us only from our past. He came to save us for a purposeful and productive life. We were not saved simply to drift through life. God knows what he has put in us. He sees us full of significance. "You are the salt of the earth... the light of the world". (Matthew 5:13-14) The world may not have time for us but God does. There is no such thing as unemployment in the kingdom of God. We were made and redeemed of God to be divine appointments. "I chose and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last" (John 15:16).
Before Michelangelo sculpted his masterpiece "David", he "saw" the potential in the stone. God does the same with each one of us. As the Apostle Paul declared "We are God's workmanship [literally God's "work of art"] created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:9).
Everything we are and all that we have, Christ wants to employ in building his church on earth. Surely, there can be no greater cause to spend our lives on and deserving of our best endeavors. Discipleship is an investment that lasts for eternity and yields incredible rewards. (Luke 22:28-30, Mark 10:30)
Partnering with Jesus
How are we to partner with Christ in building his Church and seeing the kingdom of God take over the world?
Jesus said "Go and make disciples". (Matthew 28:19) Every believer shares a common call to reproduce in others, that which they have so freely received from Jesus. He said, "Freely you have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8). Those who have been discipled should disciple others. This is the evidence of the fruitful life Jesus spoke about in John 15. In similar vein, this is what 1 John 2, verses 12-14 alludes to when believers are described as "fathers or spiritual parents". The nature of a parent is to beget, to reproduce after his or her own kind. The enemy's work is to alienate parents from their children, (Matthew 10:21) but the work of the Spirit of God in the last days is to "turn the hearts of the fathers to the children..." (Malachi 4:6). Spiritual parenting is essentially the work of making disciples. "Feed my lambs... tend my sheep". (John 21:15-16)
Feeding and tending new disciples will mean, integrating them into the life of God's family. This is achieved most effectively through cell ministry. In the cell, the new disciple is built up
by close fellowship and trained to become a disciple-maker. The goal of the Vision is for us to "make mature and mobilize disciples" by starting a cell of our own with people we win to
"The people are willing in the Lord's day of power" We may be willing, saying with Isaiah "Here am I Lord" but we may not feel equipped or able. In the Bible, not everyone called of God felt ready or able at the outset, yet God resources those He calls. That is why He set apostolic teachers and trainers in the Body of Christ, to "prepare and equip God's people for works of service, so that the Body of Christ may be built up" (Ephesians 4:12).
Enabled to serve well
The Schools of Leaders prepare cell members to fulfill Christ's call upon their lives thoroughly preparing them for disciple making and cell leading. Topic include foundational Christian doctrine will be taught as well as training in personal development, Christian life skills and cell leadership. Along with the Encounters, the School of Leadership gives comprehensive and effective training in disciple making. Natural ability alone can take us only so far but, with training, we can rise above that level to a place of excellence. "The people who know their God shall be strong and do great exploits" (Daniel 11:32).