Tool Box Leader Notes
- Plan audio visual link-ups well before the first meeting. Don’t wait to establish reliable video and audio feeds until just before the start of the first meeting.
- Give thought to the best setting. Homes are ideal because once it starts, it becomes a closed event. It’s closed because it is sequential and therefore not suited to new arrivals during the six weeks of training. For that reason, Sunday morning at church may not the best place to host it unless it's in an out of the way location. It’s hard to host a closed event in a setting designed to promote openness. Those interested in taking part in the training after it has begun become either the first disciples of current participants or first members of the next training event. .
- The ideal size of of each training group is no more than 12 people. The preferred setting is one in which the group can break into two or three smaller groups during each training session. Larger churches might want to consider hand picking the first generation or two of potential disciple makers. Ask ministry leaders to refer those who demonstrate a readiness to be challenged to become disciple makers.
- Consider launching Tool Box in two stages. The first stage is Open House, the second is the actual six week training. Open House is a preview event lasting one or two weeks which covers Local Starting Points. It's a no commitment drop-in event designed to help interested people evaluate their commitment to the next phase of training. It's a good idea to give a water/restroom break at the end of Open House to provide an easy exit for those not interested in moving forward. Those who return or remain behind can then plan for the six seek training session. Depending on the format of your church you may want to consider showing one or more of the following videos at Open House
This is Discipling.1
The Missional Church..simple.2
- Open in leader lead prayer. Owing to the pace and nature of the gatherings, the meetings do not lend themselves to prolonged personal prayer. Therefore, the leader is encouraged to simply open in prayer and move on from there. The prayer time at the end of each meeting is intended to focus on what was taught in that particular meeting.
- Review the steps for each meeting (Explain, Model and Debrief) and think through how best to carry those out in your setting.
- Plan for coaching. While the initial Tool Box training lasts six weeks (more if you want), coaching meetings take place several times over the following months. Coaching is essential to long term disciple making. They provide the necessary encouragement for down line application of the tools taught in the first six weeks. Sometime it's a good idea to hold the coaching meetings in the same location and time slot as the initial six week training sessions. Encourage everyone to attend. Those who are doing well will encourage those who need help.