A question to consider.
What sort of leadership legacy is your church or ministry producing?
Football Coaches are often measured by what is called a “coaching tree.” A coaching tree, like a family tree, charts the coaches who developed underneath a particular coach and then went on to coach in the college or the NFL.
In business, there is a famous example called the “PayPal Mafia.” PayPal, founded by Peter Thiel, was able to develop many other successful leaders. The “PayPal Mafia” is a nickname given to a group of former PayPal employees who went on to found and develop their own successful technology companies such as
“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” ~2nd Timothy 2:2
In the Bible, Paul and Timothy are an oft cited example of a legacy of faith. Paul developed and influenced Timothy who went on to carry the ministry forward after Paul.
So back to my question. What sort of leadership legacy is your church or ministry producing?
- Is your church producing leaders who go on to launch other churches and other ministries?
- What does your “leadership tree” look like?
- Does your culture equip and empower to the point it spawns other incredibly impactful organizations?
The answers to these questions will largely hinge on whether you as a leader have decided that developing other leaders, that enlisting, equipping, empowering, encouraging other leaders is a value in your church or ministry. If this is the case, develop a plan, map out a pathway, and create a system to support the end goal.
As my friend Todd Adkins is known to say, “A big part of leadership is recognizing that your fruit often grows on other peoples trees.”
One measure of an effective church is not just the fruit of its own ministry, but the growing other trees. Not just fruit, but orchards. A leadership orchard that is repeating the cycle of producing fruit and growing more trees.
The measure of leadership fruit is more leadership trees.
Show me what the people who leave do after they leave. That speaks to the kind of organization you are.
“Ministry Mafia.” A bit much, but you get the idea.