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Discipleship Group Leaders

'The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

2 Timothy 2:2

Mature Christian believers can have a vital role in guiding and serving as examples to others. At MBC, we intentionally do this through discipleship groups. Group leaders meet growing Christians where they are, develop relationships, and help lead them to their next spiritual steps. They encourage, challenge and help equip growing disciples – even as they, too, continue to maturely spiritually. They challenge those disciples to ultimately become disciple makers. 

Jesus is our perfect example of this. He met people where they were, and brought them into smaller groups to grow in their faith.

Leading a group is a tremendous responsibility, but comes with many rewards.

Discipleship Group Leaders at Tysons

At McLean Bible Church, we want all leaders to be supported and equipped to serve on mission and lead in a way that is God-honoring, relationally-healthy and practical. The information and resources you find on this page will assist you in your role. If you need additional help, please contact your shepherd-coach or staff contact.

Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be the slave of all. For even I, the Son of Man, came not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”  Mark 10:43-45

“Your attitude, should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking on the very  nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” Philippians 2:5-7

Ready to Lead! Basic Leader Training

Hello!  Thank you for exploring Group Leadership as the next step on your spiritual journey. Leading a group is a fulfilling and fruitful experience! There is joy in passing on to others what we have received. By helping others grow from where they are into disciples who are ready to impact their world, you are advancing the kingdom of God!

Please note that if you are interested in leading a group, you can go ahead and apply and start leading, and then attend the Basic Leader Training. 

Basic Leader Training, a 4-week class, is designed for those who are exploring leadership and those who have decided it’s time to humbly step into a leadership role. Instruction is tailored for discipleship group leaders, but topics and skill training are easily transferred to table leaders and team leaders. 

In the Basic Leader Training, you will learn the purpose for groups at MBC and the role of a leader. You will develop practical skills like preparing for group time, building a healthy group environment, helping people grow, resolving conflict and equipping others to serve. 

During the 4-weeks of the Basic Leader Training, we will use a discipleship training manual with weekly reading alongside a practical group leadership booklet that includes mini-lessons, group exercises and resources.

Basic Leader Training is required for all those who lead a discipleship group, but it is not required that you lead a group if you attend the class. (An application and interview with staff contact are also required for discipleship leader confirmation, either before the training, or upon completion).

Basic Leader Training will be held Sundays at MBC Tysons from February 26-March 19, 9-10:15 am in Room 1610. Attendance at 3 of the 4 weeks is necessary for completion of this training. (Registration is required and a fee of $10 is requested to cover the cost of the training manual and materials.) 

Things you will want to know as you consider serving in this ministry role:

  1. Consider the Ministry Description for a Group Leader
  2. Read the MBC What We Teach Statement 
  3. Read the Leader Guidelines
  4. Register for Basic Leader Training (Registration open February 10 - March 2)

Thank you so much for taking the time to explore and pursue leadership. We are looking forward to walking alongside as you take the next step on your spiritual journey. 

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to this power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”  Ephesians 3:20-21

Advanced Leader Training

Audience:  Current Leaders, Shepherd-Coaches
 

Why? Several of you shared your ‘aha’ moment after learning about the discipleship wheel, stages of spiritual growth and how disciples grow and expressed a desire to learn more. Expand your leadership vision for ministry as you take a closer look at the discipleship process. Understanding and mastering this tool will increase your effectiveness as a leader in helping people grow beyond connecting and learning to making an impact in their world for Jesus Christ. You will be equipped to make disciple-makers.

What? A closer look at the Discipleship Process, four practical skills, and a real-life practicum in a 6-week community for leaders.

How? Learn to share new habits, give and receive feedback, connect people with God, equip for ministry, and release one to disciple. Advanced Leader Training includes a real-life opportunity to identify a person’s place in the discipleship process and recommend next steps.   

Shepherd Coach Ministry

We are convinced that the Shepherd-Coach role is a critical component to our church’s health. Why? Only by discipling and caring for leaders will our model of discipleship continue past one or two generations. Only through careful attention to the development of leaders through prayer, care and support will leaders experience the kind of relationships we hope they will build with those in their groups. Discipleship always implies a personal experience that one is able to pass on.

We are honored that you are considering this role and know that you care deeply about the spiritual health of others and are following hard after Jesus yourself.  We pray that this important leadership position will be a blessing to both you and those you serve.

If you are interested in serving as a Shepherd Coach or if you have questions, please contact Carol Tran.

Suggested Studies

How to Use These Guides - Read me first! 

Studying the Bible - Bible Studies on specific books of the Bible, and general studies on how to go deeper in the Word

Knowing God - Studies to deepen your group's knowledge of God's character

Prayer - Learning how to communicate with God through prayer

Spiritual Life - Developing spiritual disciplines and pursuing holiness and godliness

Identity in Christ - Knowing who you are in Christ, and identifying idols we often replace Christ with in our lives

Mission and Evangelism - Learning how to share your faith with courage and conviction, and discovering God's heart for reaching the whole world 

Defending the Faith - Understanding how to engage our culture and answer questions about our faith

Stewardship and the Church - How are we called to live as followers of Christ? What is the purpose of the church? These studies will help you discover the answers to those questions

Disciple-Making - Help others grow in their faith as followers of Jesus

Marriage and Dating - Studies to develop a biblical view of marriage and dating, to encourage and strengthen marriages, 

All In Conference Main Session Videos and Workshop Audio

MAIN SESSION VIDEOS:

Clint Clifton - God's Message for the Big "C" Church

Nate Crew - The Power of Christ in Me

Mike Kelsey - Partnership in Ministry

Dale Sutherland - Challenge to be All In

 

WORKSHOP AUDIO FILES:

Heidi Newman - Building an Inspired Team Culture 

Tina Taylor - Time Management for Busy Leaders

Charles Ikitiminu - Secret to Moving Ministry Forward

Lou Ann Sabatier - Getting Traction with a Plan of Action

Keith Seymore - Navigating Tricky Conversations

Kent Husted - Habits of Spiritually Grounded Leaders

Staff

 
 

Lee Vaughn

East Region Pastor
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Lee has been involved with smalls groups for over 30 years after coming to faith in Jesus Christ. Before joining the MBC church staff in 2011, Lee’s career included working for Jill’s House for two years, consulting with other non-profits, working with Prison Fellowship Ministries’ Advancement Division and working with Jefferson-Pilot Life Insurance Company’s Group Division .

Lee is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently working on his M.A. in Christian Leadership through Dallas Seminary. Lee has been married to Ellen since 1985 and they reside in Reston, VA.  They have three children, a son-in-law and two grandchildren.

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