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When you see leadership potential in someone at your church, how do you develop them into leaders, especially when they’re new in the faith?
 
 
 
 
 
Building and Developing Leaders in Your Ministry

Hello Church Leader,

When you see leadership potential in someone at your church, how do you develop them into leaders, especially when they’re new in the faith?

According to Dave Ferguson, lead pastor of Community Christian Church, a multisite church with 12 locations throughout Chicagoland (including 2 within prisons) and cofounder of NewThing Network and Exponential, it takes an intentional strategy of leadership development to grow new leaders.

"Years ago, I led a small group at our church for couples," Dave shared at a recent Leadership Development Accelerator cohort hosted by Leadership Network. "When our first book study as a small group was coming to an end, all of the couples wanted to continue. At our church, every leader has to partner with an apprentice leader, but I didn’t have one for that group. I told the group that the only way we could continue was if I had an apprentice."

Within this small group, Dave said he got to know Doug, a new attendee at Community Christian in whom he saw tremendous potential, though he was new in the faith.

"I asked Doug if he would agree to be my apprentice, and he said yes," said Dave. Throughout the following year, he and Doug met regularly at Starbucks for coaching conversations.

Dave says his meetings with Doug were highly relational and focused on planning about the small group study they were doing and discipleship conversations.

Along with their regular coaching conversations, Dave employed Community Christian Church’s strategic framework for mentoring Doug:

1. I do. You watch. We talk.
2. I do. You help. We talk.
3. You do. I help. We talk.
4. You do. I watch. We talk.
5. You do. Someone else watches.

"After about 12 months, both Doug and I felt he was ready to lead the group himself, so Doug took over and I moved on to start a new group," says Dave.
Soon after Doug took the reins and began leading the small group, Dave returned to Starbucks. There was Doug, meeting with his new apprentice.

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As you dream about your ministry in 2020 and think about your strategic goals, ask yourself this question: what steps does my ministry need to employ to develop new leaders?

And, if you want to multiply your leadership impact, then click on the link below to learn more about our 2020 Leadership Development accelerator.

Blessings,

Leadership Network

*This article originally appeared here and is used with permission.



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