Tool Box Leader Notes
- Keep in mind this is a Go event, not a Gather or Grow event.
Tool Box is application oriented. The expectation is to do, not just know. In this sense, Tool Box is different from a small group Bible study. The purpose of small groups is maturity; the purpose of Tool Box is multiplication. The goal of small groups is to come and be loved by others. The goal of Tool Box is to go and love others. Application of the tools is expected.
- Be focused during prayer time.
Owing to the pace and nature of the meetings, they do not lend themselves to prolonged personal prayer. Therefore, the leader is encouraged to open in prayer and then start the meeting. The prayer time at the end of each meeting should focus on the content of that particular meeting.
- Prepare for the meetings.
Read through a few Tool Box meetings to become familiar with the rhythm. Each meeting contains links to tools found elsewhere on this site. Become familiar with them so you'll be able to answer questions.
Plan the audio-visual connection before the first meeting. Don't wait to establish a reliable connection until just before the start of the first meeting. Hard wiring with an adaptor cable (HDMI) is a reliable method.
Give thought to the best setting to host Tool Box. Once it starts, it's a closed event. That is because each week is sequential and, hence, not suited to new arrivals. Homes are preferable locations. Hosting Tool Box at the church during weekly celebration services can be problematic because it can be hard to host a closed event in a location that promotes openness. That said, larger churches may be able to host a private meeting in a discreet location during service times.
The ideal size is at least three but no more than twelve people. Often, the group needs to divide into smaller teams for part of each weekly meeting.
- Think ahead.
While Tool Box only lasts six weeks, ongoing coaching meetings continue for an extended period. Coaching meetings are voluntary, but they are the key to lasting disciple-making. They encourage people to become lifelong disciple-makers. The last Tool Box meeting prompts you to plan the first Coaching meeting.
- Promote Tool Box.
You may choose to host Open House meetings to provide a preview of the content, format, and inform about expectations for Tool Box.
- There are two essentials for long term application.
The two essentials for long term application of the tools learned in Tool Box are practice and coaching. The key to mastering the tools learned in any specific week is to practice using them between meetings. The second essential is coaching. Taking part in coaching meetings is essential to making disciple making a life habit. Coaching meetings occur on a regular basis after the weekly Tool Box meetings.