In his book The Power of Team Leadership, George Barna notes that to arrive at the best choices of Christian leadership for your congregation it would be good to take an inventory.
This inventory would include 12 basic questions.
- What is the vision of your church’s ministry?
- What goals have you set in the past year in relation to your vision?
- Is the senior pastor of your congregation a true leader?
- What is your church’s philosophy of leadership and leadership development?
- Does your church have an identification process for leaders?
- What type of leadership training do lay leaders receive?
- How do you ascertain the leadership aptitudes of your leaders?
- Does your church foster team leadership or solo leadership?
- How many people have left your church because they felt their talents were never adequately or appropriately used?
- How difficult is it to keep leaders motivated to stay sharp and involved?
- How does your congregation evaluate the effectiveness of its leaders?
- Which approach would be of the greatest benefit for your congregation: solo leadership or team leadership? (The Power of Leadership, George Barna, pages 203-204)
These twelve questions can help in the recruitment and development of churchwide leadership?
Do you have a process in identifying and encouraging Christian leaders within your congregation?
Leadership development is essential for a healthy congregation. Team-based leadership is an action that takes the advice of Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Median, seriously.
Here is Jethro’s advice to Moses that is found in Exodus 18.
13 It came about the next day that Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood about Moses from the morning until the evening. 14 Now when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge and all the people stand about you from morning until evening?” 15 Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 16 When they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor and make known the statutes of God and His laws.”
17 Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you are doing is not good. 18 You will surely wear out, both yourself and ]these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone. 19 Now listen to me: I will give you counsel, and God be with you. You be the people’s representative before God, and you bring the]disputes to God, 20 then teach them the statutes and the laws, and make known to them the way in which they are to walk and the work they are to do. 21 Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. 22 Let them judge the people at all times; and let it be that every major dispute they will bring to you, but every minor dispute they themselves will judge. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. 23 If you do this thing and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all these people also will go to [their place in peace.”
24 So Moses listened to his father-in-law and did all that he had said. 25 Moses chose able men out of all Israel and made them heads over the people, leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. 26 They judged the people at all times; the difficult dispute they would bring to Moses, but every minor dispute they themselves would judge. 27 Then Moses bade his father-in-law farewell, and he went his way into his own land.” (Exodus 18)
Do You Have A Christian Leadership Training Plan
How is your congregation doing, when it comes to the development of Christian leadership? Are you
- Recruiting future leaders?
- Training future leaders?
- Developing the leadership skills of future leaders to recruit and train others?
Barna’s 12 questions in Christian leadership training can bd a great tool for any church leader who desires to invest in future leaders.