Leadership development starts with identifying potential leaders.
This is what I look for in a future leader:
- They are already serving others.
- Their service is for the good of others not for personal praise.
- They have a passion for a gospel-driven cause.
- They see needs that are not being met.
- They have a hunger to grow.
- They are working toward a solid understanding of Scripture and sound doctrine.
- They demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit.
- If any of these elements are present, this person as a potential leader. The more elements present, the more likely this person can lead.
Process for developing leaders
- Make sure potential leaders are serving in an area that energizes them (that they feel is important).
- Take them through a church membership class to learn how to be a functioning member of the body.
- Teach them sound doctrine, church discipline, leadership principles, and skills for leading others.
- Test their leadership ability under the close supervision of a senior leader.
- Encourage, correct, or adjust as needed.
- When they have proven they can handle the load, appoint them to lead in the appropriate area.
- Continually check in with leaders to make sure they remain healthy, strong, and properly supplied (physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually).
- Provide opportunities (seminars, conferences, retreats, etc.) for continued growth and training of established leaders.
- Pray for all the leaders in the church by name weekly.
- Invite established leaders to give constant feedback for improvement and inspiration.
- After they have some experience leading, train them to continually develop new leaders.