"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others." 2 Tim 2:2
Leadership development remains the key to sustaining a CPM. Much of our resources and efforts are invested in creating 'disciple-cycles'. We want to follow Jesus' model of making disciples who will make more disciples...who will in turn make more disciples.
Developing leaders has to do with developing character and changing attitudes to fulfill the role of a transformed life. Hence, one becomes ready to provide leadership starting from one’s own home and spreading to one’s own community.
Since its inception, APII has been training and equipping local leaders using the Luke 10 method of finding the man of peace or person of peace (PoP). The engine behind the CPM in North India has always been a strategy to train and equip local leaders to become church planters and leaders in their local community.
In 2008, a new approach was initiated by APII in North India to train church planters. Community Learning Centers (CLC) have changed the playing field and the rules of engagement for leadership development. The simple philosophy of the CLC is easily understood by local leaders. They act as agents for change in their community and use the CLC to do good to all men (Gal 6:10) and to locate the ‘Man of Peace’ (LK 10:5 & Matt 10:11) in the villages. Their approach is simple, effective and holistic. They start building contacts through social interventions in their village and once a man of peace is identified, the process of discipleship starts which often results in the entire family being discipled simultaneously. A ‘family fellowship’ starts in their home. The process of ongoing discipleship helps them grow and mature in Christ. These leaders, encouraged by community acceptance, practice this same concept in their community. After their initial success, and without much protest and hostility, they soon proceed to a new location to repeat their learning in multiple ways by witnessing and discipling others.
To maintain the pace of the CPM in North India, our most critical need is generating and developing CLC leaders in North India that have been trained, equipped, and are now ready to lead a CLC.