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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 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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Summary on Developing Leaders in the Church


Summary on Developing Leaders in the Church concludes the series on Train Up New Leaders for Ministry by identifying key poiints to keep in mind while training/mentoring others interested in full-time ministry.

Key Points to Remember

We have gone a long distance in this article. Here are some key points.

Not everyone will go into full-time service, but those that are trained well will faithfully serve God wherever the Lord leads them. Different churches have varying resources, but now with the web online courses, good training can be found fairly easily. They are worth investing in so that those being trained will not lack any good thing.

Evaluating Seminary Training

Many of those going into full-time service will need formal training because many denominations and mission organizations require it at this point, but high financial costs and ineffective training will continue to put the pressure on churches to first prepare their own.

Overseeing the Next Stepper's Development

As we keep track of the training process, the church and the trainee should be very encouraged. When the outward confirmation matches the inward, then one can be sure they are ready to enter the ministry.

For example, we do not demand a perfect marriage, but one in which the couple has shown a commitment to improve their marriage. This commitment is noticed by issues they have already worked through.

As for the one who does not show himself faithful or gifted, the church does not need to feel awkward toward them. They have clearly explained to the individual the steps of needed growth and can wait. In the meantime, focus on those who are faithfully growing.

State that you are committed to them but without serious progress in their assignment area, that mentoring is not being most effective. Once resumption of the training takes place, then the mentoring relationship can continue.

One day you will send these men and women out to serve. Or maybe they will serve right in your own church! Wherever they serve, the most important thing is to know that they are equipped to serve God wherever He sends them. You have been faithful and they will replicate your commitment to them on to others. They are people you can trust and would want in ministry besides you.

A Leader’s Project

This concludes the 'Train up New Leaders for Ministry' but look below for many other quality resources.

Other Leadership Training Resources

  • "Advanced Discipleship Training" (ADT) both explains and provides relevant training for developing leaders among God's people. A sample curriculum is included (see or click the right).

  • BFF Topics page includes many relevant topics on leadership other than what is mentioned above.