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The Lord Your Healer: 

Discover Him and Find His Healing Touch by Paul J. Bucknell

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Discover Him and Find His Healing Touch

First step of discipleship
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Advanced Discipleship

The Bible Teaching Commentary on Genesis: The Book of Foundations

Commentaries that specialize on training the teacher!

Overcoming Anxiety: Finding Peace, Discovering God


Train Leaders for Ministry by Paul J. Bucknell

Train Up Leaders for Ministry

The process of caring for those who have committed themselves
to full-time service.

Rev. Paul J. Bucknell

Train up! | Support God's Work | Leader's Responsibility
Confirmation of the Call | Training Process | General Plan | Specific Plan
Too Many People | Summary

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Supporting God’s Work is part of a series on Train Up New Leaders for Ministry which challenges church leaders to take responsibility for a good portion of the training of those individuals that God calls into ministry in their church. This is part 2.

Supporting God’s Work

Those that go forward to dedicate their lives to full-time service are typically not ready to go.

They are usually extremely burdened for some work that God has put on their heart. There is a high probability that they feel that they should be doing something about it right at that point, but more often than not, they will need further training before they are able to do what God wants.

By supporting the people that God calls, we are supporting God’s work.

God’s burden precedes the opportunity to serve so that they can give adequate shaping time to properly prepare themselves.

These individuals usually do not realize the importance of this training that must take place before they become effective workers. They usually follow the cues given to them from their pastors, missionary committee and others, but admittedly, they do know little of the process.

While at times, we find some of the most winsome brothers following the path into full-time ministry, this process usually is not so clear.

Sometimes God presents before us what seems like the most unlikely individuals talking about their burden to serve God. We appreciate their burden. At least they are willing. Many are not. Usually, however, we wonder how they could be effective.

I personally was one of these unlikely candidates when God called me–young, inexperienced, from a broken family, raises in a liberal church, no formal training, etc. Here I am, though, decades later.

Even though these individuals might seem unprepared for such a great work, it does not mean that God has not called them or impressed upon them the great need of the harvest field to stir them up and steer them in that direction.

We should not simply dismiss anyone who claims God is working in his life. Instead, allow time and opportunity to test him. In the meantime, we should in full faith provide the training necessary for that person to serve the Lord. The training will be a good testing ground. This is our responsibility.

We do not want to be a stumbling block for that person. We are to use our position to help build discernment in them and help them to grow. When a leader takes personal concern for an upcoming leader, that person is greatly strengthened and encouraged.

By supporting the people that God calls, we are supporting God’s work.

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