- Keep in mind this is a Go event, not a Gather or Grow event.
Tool Box is highly applicational. The expectation is to do, not just know. Each meeting is like a football huddle, where the plays are called. Between meetings are where the plays are run. In this sense, Tool Box is completely different from small group Bible study. The goal of Bible study is maturity, the goal of Tool Box is multiplication. The aim of small groups is to come and be loved. The aim of Tool Box is to go and love others.
- 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 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.
Each meeting refers to topics found elsewhere on this site. Become familiar with the referenced sites 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 wire (HDMI) with an adaptor cable is the most 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 therefore not suited to new arrivals. Homes are traditionally good places for Tool Box. Churches can be problematic unless well planned 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 closed event during services in an inconspicuous location.
The ideal size for Tool Box is no more than 12 people. Often, the group is divided into smaller teams for part of each weekly meeting.
- Consider Open House.
Consider launching Tool Box in two stages. The first stage would be would be Open House. It's a two week, drop in, no commitment, overview of disciple-making that covers Local Starting Points.
- Think ahead.
While Tool Box only lasts six weeks, ongoing coaching continues for an extended period of time. Coaching meetings are the key to lasting disciple-making. The tools are taught during Tool Box, but Coaching meetings encourage people to become life-long disciple-makers. There is a suggested Coaching schedule listed in the last Tool Box meeting.