You’re frustrated because your new leader isn’t working out like you thought. When they first started they were so enthusiastic. But now their commitment is waning, they seem complacent and if you’re honest they’re not being very effective.
This scenario is repeating itself way more frequently than you’d like and you’re getting discouraged. So you find yourself in that same old place of asking, “What’s wrong with these people?”
If this is a reoccurring issue then chances are you don’t have a people problem, you have a system problem.
Think of someone in your area of ministry that fits this scenario. Now let’s ask some diagnostic questions:
- Did you screen them ahead of time by having them complete a questionnaire identifying their Gifts, Passion, Personality and past experiences?
- Did you give them a season to pray and observe the ministry in action before they said “Yes” to serving in the role?
- Did you meet with them 1-1 to discuss role and responsibilities?
- Did more than one person interview them and agree they were the right person for the role?
- Did you give them a written role description and go over it with them?
- Did you provide training in the specific skills you expect for that role?
- Are you providing ongoing communication, support and development?
- Are you providing feedback on their strengths and growth areas?
- Are you providing the opportunity for peer to peer learning?
Most leaders haven’t received this type of systematic onboarding and development. So let me ask: Is the Core Problem THEIR SKILL or is the Core Problem YOUR SYSTEM? A strong system can produce a strong leader.