If you started a new group back in January, you may have a new apprentice or you may feel some pressure to identify one. Either way, when it comes to practicing the Leader Essential of Replace Yourself, most leaders have the same question:
Once I identify an apprentice, what am I supposed to do to train him or her?
The short answer: nothing.
Okay, that's not entirely accurate. You will pass on lots of helpful information to your apprentice. And that's training. But, generally speaking, we'll handle formal training and leadership development at the church level. You don't have to worry a lot about that stuff.
Your unique role in the apprenticeship process is practical and relational:
One of the best things you can do to prepare your apprentice for leadership is to share your responsibilities as you lead your group. That means asking your apprentice to facilitate group conversations, communicate to group members, speak into which studies you'll do and why, and even organize socials—all while you're there to offer advice and support.
The other thing you can do that we can't is build a friendship with your apprentice. If it's true that you can't grow spiritually if you're not connected relationally, then it's vital that apprentices experience relational connection as they move down the path toward leadership. Nothing will help your apprentice to catch the vision of community like experiencing community with you.
So, if you've recently identified an apprentice, be practical and be relational.
If identifying an apprentice is still on your to-do list, don't avoid moving forward because you're not sure what to do once you identify one. Working alongside an apprentice isn't as difficult as it may seem.
And once you have an apprentice, reach out to your Groups Director or other church staff member so they can invite your apprentice into the leader development process.