Leadership Development in Community – Prophets

mc-development.gif Kaleo Church is a movement of people seeking to change San Diego by the power of the gospel.  As we have examined what it means to be the church, Kaleo has shifted our emphasis to people living together being the church in the neighborhoods and patterns of life they are already in.  These Missional Communities are where people live as a one-anothering community and express mercy, hospitality, love and mission to the city.  Corporately groups of Missional Communities gather together weekly to celebrate together, worship and share in gospel-learning.

As such, we have re-oriented much of our leadership development & discipleship through these communities.  Our goal is to create a systemic discipleship process for the people of Kaleo as well as bring systematic development to those who seek to grow in using their gifts in the community.  We see the people of God exercising their gifts as Prophets, Priests & Kings.  You can download the example of Missional Community Leader Development (pdf), which are typically more Prophet oriented.  This track would also lead to Elders, Teachers and Church Planters

See also: Priests & Kings  


Prophetic type – an emphasis on the unchanging truths of God’s character, the gospel message and the mission of the Church.
Priestly type – an emphasis on the care of the soul and caring for one another.
Kingly type – an emphasis on the tangible working out of the mission through structures, strategic thinking and hands on activity

  • Keith Watson

    December 14, 2007, 1:21 pm

    Drew are there others “doing church” this way? With the exception of the “systematics” you have given, we have yet to develop – maybe we’ll just use yours – we are talking about the exact same things.

  • D. Goodmanson

    December 14, 2007, 1:51 pm

    Yes, there are several other groups doing this. Some that come to mind are Soma Communities & The Crowded House (the three of us are partnering on creating curriculum). Two suggestions if you’d like to learn more, (1) we will host a conference the second week of March to unpack this and much more and (2) Soma has a missional training to also unpack what this looks like. I believe Soma plans to attend/participate in our March conference as well…

  • Jeremy Pryor

    December 14, 2007, 2:18 pm

    “As such, we have re-oriented much of our leadership development & discipleship through these communities. Our goal is to create a systemic discipleship process for the people of Kaleo as well as bring systematic development to those who seek to grow in using their gifts in the community.”

    Looking forward to hearing more about this. My obsession as you know 馃檪

    When you say “discipleship through these communities” does that mean discipleship IN these communities.

    Our experience was we made 10x more progress in 6 months of centralized discipleship training than we did in 3 years of de-centralized discipleship we were hoping would happen in and through our smaller communities. A huge surprise to me but I think we’ve isolated the elements that made the difference.

    I’m really hoping to make it out in March.

    Starting to warm up to the triperspectival language 馃檪

  • D. Goodmanson

    December 14, 2007, 4:00 pm


    – We are saying both IN/through community but include ‘systematic’ which is more centralized training.
    – What do you believe ‘made the difference’.

  • Jeremy Pryor

    December 14, 2007, 10:52 pm

    Well, the easiest way to describe the difference is to use an analogy like joining the Marines. A marine goes through at least 10 weeks of intense training BEFORE they join their unit.

    Why shouldn聜脛么t you just, give them a gun, put them in their unit and let them get on the job training? It would not be nearly as effective.

    1. Repeatable Tasks Can be Perfected. This is HUGE. In Marine Basic Training the drill Sergeants and support staff have the advantage of doing this over and over again, getting the best trainers to focus on training, gleaning from hundreds of years of training experience that has gone before them etc. They become extremely effective in a way that others can聜脛么t begin to emulate. We聜脛么ve seen this is also true in discipleship training. This is one of the reasons the massive 1 to 1 discipleship movement that started in the 40s failed to really succeed at the task of endless multiplication. Not everyone is a gifted trainer. Few people are. Its a unique gift and needs to be carefully refined.

    2. The Outcome Must be Clearly Defined and Measured – When we send people into communities hoping that they will catch what they need through relationships (even intentional discipling ones) you will get as many results as there are trainers and even if you have a defined outcome, it will rarely be achieved. This is not true when you centralize training. You can define exactly what you want the disciple to learn and do and you can easily and clearly measure whether your training is producing the desired result.

    3. Unity and Quality must be maintained over time – When new people come in are they going to get the same training? Having everyone in a community totally committed to the same training produces a common faith that brings unity and gives all the disciples in each community a clear expectation of what to expect from each other.

    I聜脛么m not saying that training is not going to incidentally happen in community. The Marine is going to learn a lot in and from his unit but that on-the-job training must be separated from the core training and the latter should be centralized.

    I聜脛么ve said nothing about how we actually translate this in our community so let me say briefly that it involves –

    1. A 9-week training (the Story-Formed Life) EVERYONE goes through at least one time per year. And 5 additional 5-week trainings that make up the core of our discipleship process.

    2. Training NOT to be confused with teaching. We drive toward defined outcomes, have individual application discussions each night and follow up the next week.

    3. Intense Interaction – Our goal is to deepen faith in a way that changes lives NOT to impart knowledge. Interaction using strategic questions is FAR better at this then a lecture.

    The average person goes through more than 20 weeks of intense training BEFORE they enter one of our communities. By that time they are really prepared to contribute understanding the mission the tools and their role.

    This has completely transformed our struggling church into a deeply committed force for the Kingdom and made our common life far more rich.

  • Dan B.

    December 19, 2007, 4:15 pm

    This is really interesting stuff. I especially appreciate your offering Jeremy on what you are doing. Our small group leaders training program takes 8 weeks, but there is too little actually doing it. The repetition is key, I agree, like the Marines. I am toying with the thought that our training should include actual work in small groups as we go through the training class so we can apply what we’re learning and discuss how we’re doing in the process. Then, upon “graduation,” the small group leader will be better equipped to work on their own, as it were, and disciple others.

    I’m also encouraged when material like this helps me see where I fit in the kingdom. I tend to be the prophetic type.

    Again, thanks for the thought-provoking material and this blog in general.