I have a friend who is a very analytical financial guy. We were having lunch one day, and he asked me a question, somewhat tongue-in-cheek.
“If I invest in discipling someone, will I see a return on that investment? What’s my ROI?”
What better question could a business person ask about discipleship?
By using the language of ROI, he drove down to a core question about discipleship:
Is the time it takes to disciple a person really worth it?
I think most people who see themselves as disciples who make disciples, as Jesus called us to be in Matthew 28, have come to this question at one point or another based on our past experiences.
There’s a common joke among business leaders—you’ve probably heard it—that their work would be great if they just didn’t have to deal with people. Anyone who has ever managed people knows the pain and disappointment of seeing a subordinate fail. So it’s an honest question to ask if our investment in people will really pay off.
Now I can’t guarantee that the answer will always be yes. Look at Jesus—even he had his Judas.
But what I can say with confidence is that there are tools that you can use to give you maximum effectiveness in your mentoring and discipleship. Let me briefly explain two of them.
The first is the Person of Peace Strategy. You must start by selecting the right person to mentor or disciple. This strategy will show you how to find and select that person.
Another tool is the Leadership Square. This is a biblically based leadership model patterned after Jesus’ work with his disciples using a combination of imitation and challenge. When you implement this tool, not only will you see most of the people you’re leading become independent and excel, but also you will see many of them will go on to create leaders of their own, who will in return create even more leaders. This becomes an exciting, exponential, reoccurring growth model.
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Now if that is not a great return on investment, with a powerful eternal return. I don’t know what is.
I hope to see you in our Designed For Business Learning Experience, where we will explore these tools and many other practical applications for you and your work as a business leader.
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