Churches and ministries are facing a leadership challenge.
The challenge, is there are not enough leaders in churches to match the need and the demand.
There are many factors that have increased the demand for leaders, some of which are unique from one context to the next. But in general, I see 10 problems with finding and developing the leaders we need for our churches and ministries.
1. Not enough internal leadership capacity
- Growing churches and ministries require top leaders to change what they focus on and where they spend their time
- Need more capacity from within the church or ministry
- No bench or the bench is not deep
2. Not enough leaders are being produced within the church or the ministry
- No long-term plan exists for developing leaders throughout the church organization.
- Need a pipeline to develop and prepare new leaders
3. Leaders need Horizontal Skills (not Command-and-Control)
- Leaders who can connect-the-dots with other leaders across organizational silos
- Typical leader are still locked in the old “command and control” hierarchical models
4. Need different types of leaders
- Servant leaders who are missional and kingdom minded
- Leaders who can make disciples and develop followers to their God-given potential
- 1st Corinthians 13 leaders
5. Leaders are not balanced
- Leaders who can balance the task with disciple making
- Leaders who balance ministry results with follower growth
6. Leadership development is not viewed as essential
- No organizational alignment between the vision and the leadership development needed to support the vision
- Leadership development is ancillary instead of central
- Not a focus of top leadership
7. View roles as work to do instead of place to stretch and grow
- Doing vs. growing
- Work to be done instead of an assignment that stretches, develops, and prepares their leadership
8. No Development Pathway
- No defined path or track for developing leaders to move up through the organization
- No clear set of expected competencies
9. Confusing the “job” with “leadership”
- Knowledge and skill for the job function vs. knowledge and skill to lead at that particular level in the organization
10. Can’t buy enough good leaders
- Prohibitive costs related to spending the time and money to recruit, interview, and train enough leaders from outside of the organization
- Continuous influx of leaders from outside the organization puts a strain on internal culture and costs the organization
The solution is multifaceted and includes realizing their is a need, intentionality or planning, putting resources behind the effort, and…leadership on the issue.