The Barnabas Principle

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CoachingAt Church Multiplication Partners we are committed to coaching and mentoring leaders who are fully engaged in the harvest field. We specializes in coaching and equipping leaders in areas of spiritual formation and church multiplication from the local church; to regional networks and to national denominational leadership.

Our vision is to serve those leaders who are serving church planters. We desire to emulate the ministry of Barnabas by becoming a sons of encouragement to the next generation of leaders.

“Joseph a Levite from Cyprus, whom the Apostles called Barnabas (which means the Son of Encouragement).” Acts 4:36

As we tour the historical record on the life and ministry of Barnabas we discover the essential qualities of being a strong coach.

  • He had a generous spirit – “Joseph a Levite from Cyprus, whom the Apostles called Barnabas (which means the Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.” (Acts 4:36-37)
  • He had a deep belief in people’s potential – “When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles…” (Acts 9:26-27)
  • He was willing too take person risks when needed – “…and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.” (Acts 11:22) “Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul…” (Act 11:25-26)
  • He was a ‘Grace’ finder – “When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God…” (Acts 11:)
  • He was an example to follow – “He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith…” (Acts 11:2)
  • He provided opportunities for people – “Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch.” (Acts 11:25-26)
  • He experienced life with people in both good times (Acts 13:2) and the tough times (Acts 13:50)
  • He pushed leaders beyond himself – (Acts 11:30; 13:2; 13:7; 13:42, 43, 46)
  • He didn’t Avoid Conflict – “This brought Paul and Barnabas into a sharp dispute and debate with them.” (Acts 15:2)“They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company.” (Acts 15:39)
  • He was ready to give a second chance – “Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them…” Acts 15:36 cf. Colossians 4:10
  • He was a movement player – Barnabas was at the heart of every key movement of God in the New Testament. Jerusalem – (Act 4:36, Acts 9:26) Antioch – (Acts 11) Asia Minor – (Acts 13)

Barnabas was a ‘leader-maker’.  He spotted and sought out potential leaders. He created opportunities for leaders to grow personally and expand their influence.  He walked alongside these leaders.  He nurtured them with encouragement and he released them into God’s mission.

Barnabas sought out Saul, who became Paul, and together they sparked a revolution that still burns today all over the world.

Barnabas is the biblical prototype of a coach. May God raise up a new generation coaches, leader-makers and sons of encouragement.

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