"We don't have the right leaders!" "I need more leaders?" "Where will my next critical hire come from?"
These are a few things I hear from church leadership as I travel around the country working with them. We have a leadership crisis in our churches, or maybe what we have is a leadership development crisis.
Can you relate? I certainly can! I've been there. I can still feel the pain associated with having the wrong volunteer or staff person and having to let them go. I recall the long sleepless nights feeling overwhelmed by the need for more and better leaders.
You are right! You have a leadership problem! And guess what! You're it! I know that sounds insensitive. However, the reality is that one of our primary responsibilities as leaders is to develop more and better leaders.
Churches and organizations that experience break-thru are figuring it out. They are moving leadership development to the top of the list. They are developing intentional structures, systems, and training for engaging and developing spiritual leaders.
Imagine drawing a line in the sand and saying no more excuses. We're going to win in this area. We're going to develop more and better leaders. What if you could invest the next months of focused energy into developing a leadership pipeline that would provide you with an abundant harvest of reproducing leaders?
David Putman is the founder of Planting the Gospel and a Senior Lead Navigator with Auxano the category leader in vision clarity. When David isn't writing or consulting he enjoys staying fit and competing at Crossfit.