WHAT IS "FAITH LEADER"?

In 2000, Rev. Beth Pattillo and Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville, Tennessee developed and implemented a unique spiritual leadership development program.  The progam, FAITH LEADER, has been used  by more than 20 churches in a range of denominations.   


HOW CAN MY CHURCH BENEFIT?

Graduates of FAITH LEADER have become leaders in the church taking on positions such as president of the Christian Women's Fellowship, co-chair of Habitat for Humanity build, chair of the board for a church preschool, co-chair of Walk Through Bethlehem christmas program, deacons, elders, and members of the Official Board.  Graduates have also initiated a Greeting Ministry, bible study groups, and Sunday school classes. 

In each case, church members were empowered to embrace a ministry - not simply to fill the position but to serve where they were uniquely gifted to do so.

 

WHAT DOES A FAITH LEADER GROUP LOOK LIKE?

Ideally, a FAITH LEADER group consists of two leaders and 8 to 12 participants.  Most groups are a mix of men and women, ideally representing a cross section of the congregation.  Participants commit to an opening and closing retreat as well as weekly 90 minute sessions and weekly homework.

Additional resources are available to support the program leaders.

HOW MUCH IS THE COST?

Each participant needs a set of FAITH LEADER  Participant's Guides.  Each Leader needs a Facilitator Guide as well as a set of Participant Guides.  At last check, the Facilitator's Guide costs $14.39 and the Participant's Guide costs $34.39 for all four guides.  The books are also available from Amazon.com or your local Cokesbury store.   Check for free resources for Faith Leader facilitators on the resource page.  

WHO SHOULD CONGREGATIONS RECRUIT TO LEAD THE PROGRAM?

Both lay people and professional ministers make excellent leaders.  Professional leaders such as ministers, educators, or counselors bring their authority and expertise to the process in a way that enhances the feeling of security within the group.  A trained lay leader, on the other hand, provides an important role model for the FAITH LEADER participants.

In any case, those selected to be facilitators should be spiritually mature individuals who are biblically literate and are comfortable and competent in leading small groups.

HOW DO WE SELECT OUR PARTICIPANTS?

FAITH LEADER
 is geared toward Christians at mid-life who have not reached their full leadership potential in the church.  Leadership here is not defined only as administrative abilities.  Through the use of spiritual gift and spiritual types inventories, the development of a Guide for Living, and the discernment of one's call to ministry, individuals develop a personal plan for ministry. 

It can also be used to integrate newer members into the congregation, to develop the leadership of those who may have been in their spouses's shadow, or to renew and focus those who feel burned out by their church leadership efforts.


HOW DO I LEARN MORE?

For more information on how to become a FAITH LEADER congregation, contact:
 
Sandy Smith
sandy@faithleader.org