Recently I listened to the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast. In this episode he talked about how leadership development is necessary at every level of every organization. In this episode he shares why there is a need for leadership development plans in ministry as well as business organizations.
3 Takeaways For Leaders:
1. A vision outside of leadership planned is only a dream. Many leaders fall into the trap of dreaming big things for their church, but they fail to take the next step in creating a plan that will make that dream into a reality. Too often, churches never bridge the gap between dreaming and doing. Dreaming is the fun part–making a plan isn’t necessarily fun. We can’t just simply see the vision and rally the crowds, we have to make a plan to accomplish that vision by raising up leaders who will help us in our pursuits.
2. Develop the people under you to be able to think for themselves. Pastor Josh recognized in the early stages of Next Level Church that the leaders who were a couple tiers under him were not being empowered to make decisions for themselves. Instead, they would wait for direction of those above them without question. He then began asking, “Are the people on our team and in our volunteer positions able to say yes to questions that people present to them, or do they always have to go higher up in the organization to find a yes?” Once this problem was acknowledged, the leadership team had to develop those underneath them to the point where they could trust them with in their leadership positions.
3. When it comes to filling needed positions, don’t put a band-aid over the problem. In other words, don’t put someone in a role just because they are available but may not be the right person for the job. Don’t settle for filling a need; don’t settle for “band-aids.” Instead, look for people who can fuel your mission and who have the potential to become great. Great people produce great fruit. Take this point a step further by continually asking yourself if those people are in the “right seat” of the bus, even when they have been in their position for a long period of time.
One thing that I thought was particularly helpful was to see Next Level Church's Leadership Development Plan. There are detailed plans to develop location pastors, kids lead, guest services lead, and worship lead.