I’m so fired up about the opportunity to partner with you in an upcoming Leadership Pipeline Co-Lab in Greenville/Spartanburg, SC. As I travel around the country with Auxano helping churches with break-thru clarity and vision focused campaigns the issue of how do I raise up more and better leaders is at the forefront of most conversations. My philosophy is if you want a growing impact for the kingdom…grow leaders. Mac Lake helps us all by breaking the leadership code. In our co-lab we will maximize the leadership principles that he executed at Sea Coast Church to raise up campus pastors right out of the ministry harvest.
Leadership Pipeline by Mac Lake
It’s happened once again. You’ve lost a key leader and find yourself filling in and doing things you know you shouldn’t be doing. So, once again, you promise yourself that this year will be different. You’re going to conquer the challenge of leadership development and build a deep leadership bench- a pipeline for developing leaders – for your ministry.
Why is leadership development a reoccurring problem for so many? In short, it’s a lack of intentionality. We know leadership development is important, but few leaders integrate it into their weekly routine. And even fewer develop an intentional plan that ensures an ongoing reproduction of leaders. It’s just too easy to be distracted by the urgent and allow the development of leaders to take a back seat to everything else. We feel stuck and we’re too busy to develop leaders, but we need more leaders to get all the work done.
In 2013 I begin working with Will Mancini at Auxano to provide a Leadership Pipeline Development process for churches. The process focuses on building a culture of leadership development and emphasizes four essential components of an intentional leadership development strategy:
STRUCTURE – How is your church structured?
Just as our spinal structure can dramatically impacts our mobility, our church structure can impact the development of new leaders. Most churches structure for function rather than for development. An intentional leadership development strategy focuses on both function and development.
SYSTEM – How do potential leaders move to new levels of leadership?
It’s essential you have a defined system or map for moving leaders from one level to the next. The absence of such a system makes the leadership development pathway confusing and inconsistent. It unintentionally blocks the movement of leaders.
CONTENT – What skills are essential for every level of the leadership pipeline?
As leaders move to new levels of leadership it requires new skills. Too often we simply throw them into leadership responsibility without proper preparation. An intentional Leadership Pipeline Development plan has defined exactly what competencies are required for various levels of leadership, and how to get them there.
PEOPLE — Who is responsible for equipping new leaders?
If that responsibility falls solely on the shoulders of one person, you will never build a culture of leadership development. The focus must be on raising an abundant harvest of reproducing leaders in your church. That’s when you will begin to fill your leadership pipeline.
Throughout 2015 we will be working with individual churches in six month iterations (groups of 8 churches). During the six months you will get…
David Putman is founder of PTG and a Lead Navigator for Auxano.