by Steve Cordle
I enjoy fresh fruit – but only when it’s ripe. I love a juicy orange, but I’ll pass on rock-hard pears and green bananas.
New leaders are part of the “fruit” of our cell ministry. But deploying a leader who is not ready (“ripe”) is a recipe for indigestion all around.
A good equipping track will go a long way in preparing a person for leadership. However, just completing classes does not mean a person is ready to lead a group. What are the indicators that an apprentice is ready to lead a cell? Here are a few indicators:
– spiritually growing, as evidenced by a strong prayer and devotional life
– outreach effectiveness: have they brought someone to the group?
– influence with others in the group; would others look to them for spiritual direction?
– commitment to the church’s vision
– ability to submit to a coach
What are the top indicators for of leadership readiness in your ministry?