My dad loves to teach the men he is discipling the five steps in training a man (applicable to men and women): 1. Tell them why they should follow Christ—Matthew 4:19. 2. Show them how to follow Christ—John 14:21. 3. Get them started in following Christ—Luke 9:23. 4. Keep them going as it relates to following Christ—John 15:4. 5. See that they pass it on . . . reproduce what they have learned—Mark 6:7,12. Let’s focus on the fifth step establishing that training effectively occurred.
Across the planet, leadership is a relevant and popular topic. It is heavily researched and widely championed from the time we are children to the end of our lives. But when was the last time you heard a school teacher, a CEO, a pastor, or a manager tout the benefits of being a follower and place that emphasis on equal footing with promoting leaders? “Followership is a process whereby an individual or individuals accept the influence of others to accomplish a common goal.” It is not a term we hear mentioned often yet it is a very important concept.