Leadership = Influence

Leadership is simply the ability to influence others. And, since "we are Christ's ambassadors," with the "ministry of reconciliation," that means that our number one job is to influence everyone we can for Christ!

With that in mind, The Church should be a leadership factory!
That is what it means to be "disciples making disciples."

A Biblical Model

You may be used to a democratic, congregation-led style of church leadership.
At The Orchard, we prefer the more Biblical approach of "leader-led" church. Christ is the leader (the head) of the church, and each leader leads (makes disciples) at his or her leadership level. This is a mentor/discipleship model, rather than a democratic/government model.

Colossians 1:17-19, 1 Corinthians 12:27-30
Acts 20:17, 28; Titus 1:5, 7

The Leadership Funnel


Where are you in the leadership funnel?


This person is leading themselves, demonstrating personal spiritual disciplines, such as consistent church attendance, involvement in a life group, personal Bible Study and prayer.


In addition to personal spiritual disciplines, this person consistently serves an some visible way, such as in our Children’s Ministry, Guest Services Team, Production Team, etc.


This person has moved from a team member role to a team leader role. They are planning and executing events, training others up, and/or coordinating teams.


This person is training and leading leaders, discipling them into an ever-increasing level of influence for the gospel.


These are responsible for catching and casting vision, communicating direction, leading and teaching the overall body.

Leadership Development

Leadership: Taught and Caught

We have created a multi-phase leadership intensive to increase our capacity to lead our church, our community, and our generation to love God, love others, and to make disciples that make disciples. The result is helping leaders move to the next level!
This course is designed for level 3, 4, and 5 leaders.

Training Plan

This is a hybrid class/mentorship process for a short duration while we rapidly build new leaders to serve at a higher capacity.

What follows will be the curriculum for a 6- week simple leadership course. The course consists of:
6 Monday leadership classes
One-on-one leader meetings
“follow-around” opportunities on Sundays, Mondays, and/or Wednesdays.

Leader Training Phase 1

Begins Monday, August 5, 2019

Unit 1:
Increasing Our Capacity

Monday, August 5 at 6:30
The Privilege of Leadership
The Law of the Lid
The 80% Rule
Leaders Are Learners
Willing vs. Ready

Leader Documents

Unit 2:
Our Simple Vision

Monday, August 12 at 6:30
My Old Church Vision
The Orchard Church Vision
The Great Commandment
The Great Commission

How We Do That: SIMPLE
Why "Making Disciples" Is Different Here
Vision Drift (Out, never IN)

Unit 3:
The Imperative of the Gospel

Monday, August 19 at 6:30
Grace vs Law Teaching
The Source, vs The Tag
The Bad News AND The Good News
Treason = Death Penalty
Substitutional Atonement
Here (purpose) vs There (eternity) -Eph 4

Unit 4:
Leadership Keys

Monday, August 26 at 6:30
The Leadership Funnel
The "Level Three" Leader
The Iceberg
The Joshua Problem
Jesus' Unfair Discipleship Model

Unit 5:
The Value of Lifegroups

Monday, Sept 9 at 6:30
Lifegroup Definition
Acts 2:46-47 precedent
The 50/50 Formula
The myth of balance. Live on purpose
Every person counts

Unit 6:
The Level Four Leader

Monday, Sept 16 at 6:30
Different Churches Are Different
"Servant" (Acts 6:1-6)
"Leader" (1 Timothy 3:8-13)
Leadership: Making Disciples That Make Disciples