What are you trying to accomplish when doing leadership development at your church? You say, “build leaders of course!” While that’s true, I believe it’s time for us to reconsider and expand the focus of our leadership development efforts. Too often our training efforts are aimed solely at preparing someone to execute the mechanics of a volunteer ministry position. But what could happen if we trained people not simply for a position but to live a lifestyle of biblical leadership? What if the leadership development efforts of our churches equipped people to be better managers, supervisors, coaches, vice-presidents or business owners?
Keep in mind, the people who volunteer to lead in our ministries lead in other areas in their lives as well. So it only makes sense that we provide biblical leadership principles in our training efforts that will equip them to lead in the marketplace, community, home as well as the church.
So as you design your next leadership development sessions, consider including some of the following…
- Biblical principles of Delegation from Exodus 18
- Servant leadership from John 13
- Dealing with Leadership Insecurities from Exodus 3-4
- Casting God sized vision – Nehemiah 1-2
- Authentic leadership – Ezekiel 34
- Mentoring future leaders from 2 Timothy 1
- For further ideas check out the Maxwell Leadership Bible
Let’s change our focus and rather than equipping people to lead in ministry let’s build missional leaders who lead well in all of life.
What adjustments do you need to make in your leadership development efforts?