Building a Leadership Pipeline
Introduction: Ephesians 4:12 calls churches to equip believers for the work of the ministry. We can’t do that by micromanaging each person. The long-term strategy is to teach people to lead themselves and, eventually, lead others.
- Leadership mentors are incredibly important. But this mentoring relationship rarely happens naturally. People need a leadership training system with structure and specific methods.
- A leadership pipeline is a framework of intentional training that helps develop people who are not natural leaders into trained leaders. It’s a way of multiplying ministry. Many more people will develop and grow in their roles when you are intentional with the leadership pipeline.
- The leadership pipeline grid
- is as simple as a Google spreadsheet;
- takes into account anybody serving in ministry;
- lists leadership levels and training areas; and
- show gaps in leadership development.
- Leadership pipeline roles or “rungs on the ladder”
- Lead yourself
- Lead others
- Lead leaders
- Lead ministries
- Lead the church
- After analyzing the leadership pipeline grid
- call people up to fill the gaps;
- spread the load of leadership; and
- get people up to new levels of leadership.
- A learner profile provides a road map for developing each specific person. These take longer to develop than the grid.
- Training programs are like recipes—there is more than one way to bake a cake. Experiment with the “ingredients” and see which “recipe” works best for each specific program.
- Where do you currently see gaps in leadership at your church?
- What key volunteers may be able to help you assemble a leadership pipeline of your own?