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September 11, 2023

Two Divergent Paths of a Leader

The Disciple-Making Leader
The Disciple-Making Leader
Two Divergent Paths of a Leader
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On this episode of The Disciple-Making Leader Podcast, co-hosts Glenn Underhill and Craig Etheredge interview Josh McCasland about his experience as a disciple-making leader. Josh shares his insights on the pathway and pipeline models of leadership, and how investing in people takes time, effort, and conversations.

Show Notes

The Disciple-Making Leader
The Disciple-Making Leader
Two Divergent Paths of a Leader
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On this episode of The Disciple-Making Leader Podcast, co-hosts Glenn Underhill and Craig Etheredge interview Josh McCasland about his experience as a disciple-making leader. Josh shares his insights on the pathway and pipeline models of leadership, and how investing in people takes time, effort, and conversations. The episode also explores the concept of putting Jesus at the center, prioritizing what’s important, and letting go of things that don’t align with God’s best for one’s life. Tune in to this episode and gain valuable insights on becoming an effective leader in your church or organization.

Overview:

  • [00:01:34] Pathway to grow in faith with stages.
  • [00:05:02] 5 stages of leadership pipeline: volunteer to organizational.
  • [00:09:31] Team members left when diverged in vision.
  • [00:10:43] Two divergent paths: climbing pipeline vs. disciple-making.
  • [00:16:10] Church pastor loves to engage community members.
  • [00:17:39] Football player turned successful ministry leader.
  • [00:20:37] Charismatic youth leader struggled with discipleship concept.
  • [00:26:12] Model for ministry: follow Jesus command.
  • [00:27:59] Commitment to mission builds investment in people.
  • [00:31:31] God helps people find their ministry gifts.
  • [00:34:39] “Jesus-centered sustainability requires sacrifices”
  • [00:40:11] Gratitude for team committed to discipleship.
  • [00:41:29] “Thank you for joining us, Josh.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. What stood out to you about the two paths that the speaker discussed? Which one do you see yourself more on?
  2.  Why is investing in people important for disciple-making and leadership? How have you personally been invested in?
  3. How does the pathway of growth that was discussed in the episode align with your own understanding of what it means to grow as a disciple of Jesus?
  4. What are some of the challenges that come with prioritizing the mission of disciple-making over other things that may seem important?
  5. Why do you think the speaker emphasized the importance of letting go of things that do not align with God’s best for our lives?
  6. How have you seen the pipeline model of leadership work in other churches or organizations?
  7. What are some ways that we can make sure that we do not get stuck on the lower stages of the pipeline and instead move towards becoming a disciple-making leader?
  8. In what ways can we make sure that our church or ministry puts Jesus at the center of everything we do?
  9. What are some examples of how the speaker’s experience with being invested in spiritually has impacted his life and ministry?
  10. How can we practically apply the ideas discussed in this episode to our own lives and ministries?

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