What to look for in an Apprentice
You can't drive a car without wheels, without an engine, or without gasoline. You can't bake a cake without flour or eggs (not a good one anyway). You can't eat a true Chicago hot dog without onions, mustard, and relish. Many of these items are “must-haves” in order for them to complete.
Think about the must-haves in your ministry; you've drawn a line in the sand and simply refuse to cross. These “must-haves” often take a lot of conviction from God combined with some real life experience for us to develop. When it comes to asking someone to be come an apprentice leader (at all levels and in all ministries) we believe there are a few must-haves when it comes to entrusting people with the high privilege of leadership:
The apprentice must have a Jesus-centered life. Not a life of perfection, but a life centered on Jesus. A Jesus-centered life will be a life impacted in all areas: relationships, finances, schedule, behind closed doors, etc.
Relational intelligence the potential apprentice has a basic understanding that people matter to God and they need to matter to us. A person with relational intelligence has the knack for seeing the best in people. They're not oblivious to people’s growth areas, like some sort of blind optimism. Instead they possess a keen ability to see greatness in someone.
Teachability = humility + application. A person has to be truly willing to accept feedback in order to be developed (humility) AND they need to be willing to do the harder work of applying to create change in his/her character and/or behaviors. In fact, the entire apprenticeship concept is based upon teachability; the process or role cant exist without it. If a person is teachable he/she must be willing to be affirmed, accept feedback gracefully, and be willing to change how they do things. This teachability needs to be coupled with trust, and we are responsible as leaders to develop that. If an apprentice trusts us as leaders, he/she will be much more open to being apprenticed by us.