Did you know the success of your church depends on your leaders?
I’m sure you did.
But having a small church makes it difficult to find high-quality leaders.
You might be wondering:
Can I trust the team I have?
Do they understand my vision?
Are they committed to the mission?
Will they come through?
Are they going to get the job done correctly?
Or will I be left cleaning it up at the end?
Delegating, empowering leaders can be scary,
You still need more leaders!
Can I get an Amen! Who doesn’t?
More leaders would help you reach more of your community, connect first time guests and disciple more people.
But the key isn’t more leaders – the key is finding more of the right leaders.
Let me explain.
The Wrong Kind Of Help
When I purchased my home, I hosted a painting party. Wooo hoo, let’s get painting. So I scheduled a group of friends to come and help me paint.
Then a week later I painted with my brother. And I noticed something.
The group of guys who had experience painting got 4x more done than me and my brother. We had very little painting experience.
One experienced painter got one room done in 2 hrs; two amateur painters got two walls done within the same time. In fact, I had to repaint the walls that my brother and I painted.
And it dawned on me – I don’t need more help, I need more of the right help (Sorry little bro).
It’s the same with leaders. You don’t need more leaders you need more of the right leaders.
That’s why it’s important to only develop hungry leaders.
What is a Hungry Leader?
So what’s so special about hungry leaders.
Hungry leaders have an appetite for growth.
Hungry leaders arrive early, stay late, and take on whatever responsibility you need.
Hungry leaders are teachable, accept correction well, and are God honoring.
Hungry leaders say yes and keep their “yes.”
Hungry leaders are committed to the church, to you and God.
The key to effective leadership development is to feed hungry leaders.
Pastors who have little time and a lot of work need to be strategic in who they develop. So only develop hungry leaders.
Ever pour yourself into someone and then have them walk away or not be the right person. That’s why you only feed hungry people.
Hungry leaders may not be the most gifted or talented. But their hunger will compensate for their lack of giftings and talents. Hungry people are never a bad investment of our time.
Only invest in individuals who are ready to capitalize on your investment.
So how do you know who to develop?
If you want to feed only Hungry leaders, you need to identify them.
Three steps to identifying Hungry Leaders:
Step 1: Identify a challenge or difficult request.
Layout a challenge. Ask those who aspire to leadership to meet you at an odd hour, or to read a book, or to help you do a menial task at an inconvenient time. The point is that challenging tasks can bring out what is inside the heart of those you are looking to mentor.
Step 2: Invite them to learn from you privately.
The greatest reward a hungry person can receive is the opportunity to learn more. So give it to them by allowing them to see you in action. Let them join you at a leaders meeting. Allow them to see how you prepare for a sermon. Invite them to be part of a counseling session. Let them join you for a date night with your spouse. Give them privileged access so that they can learn from you in a very intimate manner. They want to be in an environment with the most 3 to 5 others so that it’s just you and them.
Step 3: Afterwards give them an opportunity to pepper you with questions
After watching you lead, and having the opportunity to observe you. Let them ask all of the questions they have. Let them ask personal questions, questions about your thought process. The goal is for them to learn.
It’s pretty simple.
Will you invest?
So if you are a busy Pastor, remember the goal isn’t more leaders it’s the right leaders. Don’t just look for more leaders, look for hungry leaders – leaders who will pay careful attention to what you say and implement it.
Hungry leaders will make your church better. Hungry leaders will make you better.
So be willing to invest in hungry leaders.
What can you do today to begin identifying and investing in hungry leaders?