Your ministry will only grow as broad as the breadth of your leadership base. And your ministry will only grow as deep as the depth of your leaders. Here are seven proven principles to help you in developing leaders:
- Give leaders the freedom to fail. Communicate confidence and encourage risk taking.
- Recognize and affirm leaders consistently. They won’t get better by focusing on their weaknesses, but by accentuating their strengths.
- Observe your leaders in action regularly. Celebrate their wins and give specific positive feedback.
- Disciple your leaders as you supervise them. Not only should you practice good supervisory skills, you should also facilitate their spiritual development. Help them set personal growth goals and pray with them regularly.
- Maintain a 1:5 supervision ratio. Use an apprentice system to multiply leadership supervision. Avoid the problems of leadership dilution.
- Provide special care and attention at crisis points. People are most teachable when they are facing difficult challenges in performing their tasks.
- Use a variety of training approaches. Provide on-the-job training as well as personalized discipleship and coaching. Sponsor in-service training events and use an on-going training model such as a “Leadership Community”: which meets twice a month.
Robert Logan, D. Min.
Excerpts from “Seeking and Finding, and Developing Leaders”, a cassette from The Pastor’s Update Audio Series, Charles E. Fuller Institue. 1993