In recent years, the concept of church-based leadership training has gained momentum in various parts of the world, including South Africa. The emergence of new leader-intensive ministry models such as the cell church, along with the costs, complexities, and contextual issues associated with theological studies at an established tertiary institution, has motivated many churches to explore alternatives to traditional leadership training methods. Among these is churchbased leadership training. Though the local church would seem to be an ideal environment for the development of leaders, many church-based training efforts rely primarily upon traditional ‘schooling’ approaches to develop leaders, with less than transformational results.