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 in 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 the first meeting to become familiar with the rhythm. Each meeting refers to tools found elsewhere on this site. Become familiar with them so you'll be able to answer questions.
Plan the audio-visual linkup before the first meeting. Don't wait to establish a reliable link 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 traditionally desirable places. Smaller churches 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 event during services in a discreet location.
The ideal size is at least three but no more than 12 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 continues for an extended period. Coaching meetings are the key to lasting disciple-making. They encourage people to become lifelong disciple-makers. There is a suggested Coaching schedule listed in the last Tool Box meeting.
- Promote Tool Box.
Depending on your circumstances, you may choose to host an Open House meeting that provides an overview of the format, expectations and tools for Tool Box.