Finding Leaders vs. Developing Leaders

There is a mindset that hinders growth of people & organizations, especially volunteer organizations like churches. It’s the mindset that says leaders are FOUND. The opposite in a lot of ways is the mindset that leaders are DEVELOPED. Churches that multiply & grow exponentially have found a way to develop leaders instead of just hoping they find some.

Finding Leaders often means:

  • Hoping leaders show up.
  • Trying to talk leaders from other churches or organizations to come lead in your church or organization.
  • Never seeing the potential in the people God actually sends you.
  • Limiting the capacity of your church because you don’t see the potential in everyone.
  • Always seeing who you don’t have instead of who you do have.
  • Staying safe & never taking risks on people that don’t seem “ready.”
  • A few leaders filling lots of roles.
  • Little trust in people (and ultimately in God).
  • Fear of Failure.
  • Big back door as people come to understand they’re not needed.

Developing Leaders often means:

  • Expecting leaders to show up.
  • Seeing potential in every person that walks through your doors.
  • Having intentional processes & systems to move people from where they are to where God wants them to be in leadership.
  • Embracing tension & releasing people into leadership roles when they may not seem “ready.”
  • A lot of trust in God the Holy Spirit to work in & through people.
  • Failure as a valuable tool to teach & train.
  • Sending people intentionally as their value expands to other organizations & churches.

Are you hoping to find leaders or intentionally developing leaders?

About Lane Corley

I am - Follower of Jesus Christ - Husband to the beautiful and patient Heather Corley - Father of three. - Church Planter / Church Planting Strategist with the Louisiana Baptist Convention. - When I can, I’m reading, raised bed gardening, deer hunting, and on mission with my church. - Hoping to be helpful.

Posted on June 7, 2016, in Leadership, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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