Leadership development is all too often a neglected area in church and ministry. We are given a task, a role, a responsibility, a position – but are we given the authority to lead and develop leaders around us? If you are someone who is frustrated with the lack of leadership development around you, or within you, I want to help simplify this process – build people to grow leaders.
Building people will ultimately lead to growing leaders. They may not be leaders in your church or ministry, but they will be leaders in the Kingdom – strategically placed into marketplace, school, government, and technology.
To make it even simpler, here’s a few starting points:
LISTEN: “What’s Your Story?” – This question, in the right environment, can open up world of discovery to you the listener. Instead of asking for their testimony, ask for their story and listen to how God has brought them through a journey of life. We don’t always have to have the answer, the simplest way to grow a person is to being with listening. “Out of the heart, the mouth speaks.”
LEARN: In listening to someone, you learn about them and where their heart is focused. Learn from this person’s journey, and ask to help them fulfill their purpose, or help them find it. Take note of their talents, gifts, passions, strengths, weaknesses, and fears.
LEAN: After we have listened to their story, learned their heart, now we must create opportunity for them to lean into it. Find ways to place them into their strengths. Keeping in mind those opportunities may be outside the church.
Start with one. And “listen, learn, and lean” into the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Word to build people to grow Kingdom leaders.