How to Identify, Win, and Equip a Timothy
One of the keys to reproducing the next generation of disciple-makers is to identify and train Timothys. This is a skill every disciple-maker must master.
“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
(2 Timothy 2:1–2)
Paul's admonition to Timothy is to find faithful men. A man or woman who will obey Jesus and will follow through on his or her commitments. They finish what they start.
A Timothy is available. He or she has the time to be trained and train others. They are not distracted by other things and will even sacrifice participating in good things in order to seek Jesus' kingdom first.
They are also teachable. They take notes, study, and apply what they have learned from the Holy Spirit, the Word, and other people. They capitalize on their mistakes and don't quit in the face of failure. They are humble in success.
And lastly they reproduce in others what they have learned and experienced. They invest in the next generation and rejoice in the success of those they train. They are not just doers but equippers of equippers.
An easy way to remember these attributes is with the acrostic FATR. We are looking for FATR men and woman.
F - Faithful
A - Available
T - Teachable
R - Reproducing
How to win and equip Timothys.
L - Extraordinary Love
O - Extraordinary Obedience
V - Extraordinary Vision
E - Extraordinary Example
Look at the men and women Jesus has given you the privilege to disciple. In the beginning you may only have a few people to disciple. Do a good job with those whom the Lord has given you. But as you are more and more fruitful, you will be forced to spend your limited time and resources on those who will multiply the ministry. Which are the most faithful, available, teachable, and reproducing? Focus on these. Jesus helped many by training a few (Mark 3.14). He trained a few while helping the many (Luke 10.2).
Spend time meditating on Jesus and Paul's ministry in the Gospels and Acts and answer these questions:
What kind of man did they choose to train?
When did they train them?
How did they train them?
Why was it so important for them to train a few?
How did the few multiply their lives in others?
Here's a good Bible study you can download and get a better understanding of what Paul saw in Timothy and Timothy in Paul.