Buzz words that I heard this past week at the EFCA Challenge Conference 2012 were “leadership development”. I interacted with a few other youth pastors and they spoke of developing leaders, but it always seemed that there was a frustration with the results of that effort and energy.
Leadership development is typically described as a method of giving anyone the opportunity to take a course with leadership tips and graduate them as qualified leaders (or at least the potential to).
Is this the best method to build a leadership team to drive your ministry?
Instead of finding people that love Jesus and making them leaders, find those leaders in the community and help them love Jesus more.
Lets exegete that statement.
Leaders are born not created.
The flaw of youth pastors I spoke with was the concept that leaders can be created. They sought out the most mature Christians, but not necessarily those that are leaders. They attempt to walk them through a cirrriculm that will turn them into leaders, but the reality is there is a lid.
Leaders are magnets and if you can bring them onto your team good things will happen. If they believe in the vision they will naturally draw people in and be a part of the positive momentum. Find these people and bring them into the process.
Select leaders that love Jesus and help them love Jesus MORE.
The calling against this process may be that these leaders aren’t mature christians with the right things to say or the best exegetical skills. There must be a certain level of maturity and character recognized in their life but if it came down between an incredibly mature christian lacking leadership skills I would seek out the less mature chrisitan with a greater lid to draw people in and spend significant time discipling him to love Jesus. The role of the pastor isn’t leadership development, but spiritual development.
Instead of creating leaders I want to find leaders and help them love Jesus more. The leveraged impact of discipling leaders will both focus your attention where it needs to be and drive the growth of the ministry.
Is this an appropriate strategy of choosing a leadership team, or is there value in leadership development? Explain.