when message prep becomes discipleship

If your ministry has a weekly teaching time, then that message needs to get prepared. If you (or student leaders) do some sort of teaching in small group settings, then those times involve preparation, too.

And these “prep times” might just be an overlooked opportunity for discipleship.

Many church pastors do “sermon prep” with teams of individuals under their leadership. While there may be a few different reasons for doing this, one of those reasons is that it provides an awesome opportunity for raising up and sharpening leaders.

A variety of reasons for not doing this are likely to pop into your head here. Put them to the side, just for a moment. What good might come from involving some student leaders in your prep? What good might come from student leaders involving other students in their prep?

Could you do this in a way that worked and didn’t zap your strength?

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