As your church grows, you will need to develop staff, lay leaders and high-level volunteers. What kind of plan do you have in place to make sure you are developing people in the right way? What tools are you using? How do you determine the qualifications of a leader? A healthy Leadership System will help you with staff management, organizational efficiency and personal development. To evaluate your current Leadership System, consider these questions:
- When was the last time you invested in developing new leaders?
- How are you helping your current leaders grow personally and spiritually?
- Are you modeling the kind of leadership you want to see from others?
- Are any of your levels of leadership in need of more people?
To start structuring this system for health, define the expectations of every leadership position in your church. Assign covenant requirements for each role, and make sure you don’t let anyone blindly climb the leadership ladder. Put deadlines on service roles so that everyone who agrees to serve in a high-level volunteer position knows that it isn’t forever. Take a hard look at who is moving up through the ranks, and make sure you have enough leaders at all levels of service. Don’t forget to make the connections between systems–the Ministry System is a direct inroad to the Leadership System. Everything works together for optimal success.
Want to take immediate action for your next steps in leadership? Find a good book on leadership and have your staff read it together. Plan a time to discuss the application points.
– Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson
The above excerpt is from pgs. 124-125 of The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry.
Drawing from Nelson Searcy’s decades of ministry experience, The Renegade Pastor is a relevant, step-by-step resource for church leaders who are ready to step up in surrender to the pursuit of God’s best for his or her life and work.
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