WHAT IS THE LEAD FELLOWSHIP?
The elders at CoaH want to take leadership development seriously. While we are still a young church of around five years old, the Lord has given us so much potential to develop leaders to serve in this local church and in churches around the world. We believe we have a biblical mandate to disciple and equip God’s people to lead God’s church.
We want to develop both men and women as leaders. Ideally, the LEAD fellowship will function with 20 participants – 10 men and 10 women. While the Bible is clear that the office of “elder” is designed for men, we see developing female leaders in the local church to be a responsibility that too few churches prioritize.
But we also realize that we have a particular responsibility to identify and develop men to be elders in the church, and LEAD fellowship will function as our “Eldering 101.” The LEAD fellowship is functioning much as the “Elder Track” has in the past, allowing us to assess and develop character and competency in men before inviting them into the formal Elder process.
LEAD is an acronym for Leaders Equipped to Advance Discipleship. The primary goal of the LEAD fellowship is to be a system for accomplishing the mandate of Ephesians 4:11-12 – And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up the body of Christ.
The LEAD Fellowship is an intensive program focused on living and leading others toward a gospel-centered life. You should view the LEAD Fellowship as the equivalent as one college course worth of work. It’s like a mini-seminary degree packed into one year. There are three components to the Fellowship. There is a teaching component, a mentoring component, and an emersion into ministry component.
The current plan is to meet every first Sunday of the month at the 133 at 5PM. These meetings will focus on teaching & discussion. Every third Sunday of the month there will be gender specific meetings in homes. These meetings will focus more on mentoring & character. The timing of these meetings may be adjusted based upon need. Childcare may also be offered if necessary. Finally, all the participants are expected to be increasingly involved in the ministry of the church as the fellowship continues, but we recognize that this will look different for each person.
We will be using the Porterbook material to navigate our time together, although sometimes we may supplement this material with other things of interest. Porterbrook is a curriculum that teaches Christians how to live in the light of the Bible story at the heart level in the context of community on mission to the world. You can learn more about Porterbrook at porterbrooknetwork.org.
Here is an outline of what we will cover over the course of a year. The program is broken into trimesters, with us covering one unit in each track at a time. The homework will be about 3-5 hours of work a week. Most people find the work very devotional.
• Character – Gospel Change
• Bible & Doctrine – The Bible in Missional Perspective
• Church – Gospel Community
• World - Evangelism
• Character – Gospel Living
• Bible & Doctrine – Understanding God’s Story
• Church – Keeping it Missional
• World - Apologetics
• Character – Gospel Relationships
• Bible & Doctrine – Union with Christ
• Church – Church History in Missional Perspective
• World – Engaging with Context
DEADLINE TO APPLY IS AUGUST 10!
There are several qualifications for the LEAD School.
• Must be actively pursuing membership at CoaH.
• Must be participating in a CG.
• Must have an exemplary and teachable character.
• Must commit to the full year and at least 80% of attendance.
• Must commit to complete at least 80% of the homework.
Even if you meet all the qualifications, space is limited, and not all who apply will be selected to participate. We will follow up with each applicant though, and this is a program that we hope to continue for many years to come, so there will be more opportunities.
The cost for the LEAD School is $360 a person, paid in three installments of $120 at the beginning of each trimester. Financial aid is available by checking the financial aid box on your application. We do not want finances to get in the way of anyone completing this process. We are glad to provide scholarships as needed.
If you have any questions or comments about the program, contact Pastor Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.