The vast majority of churches struggle to recruit and keep volunteers and even staff. As a result, they can’t grow or expand.
Todd Adkins explains why most church leaders struggle to develop leaders and explains how to turn that around.
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3 Insights from This Episode
1. Leadership development requires intentionality.
If you think that leadership development is going to naturally happen over time, you’re wrong. Todd tells us that in a study conducted by LifeWay, they found that 92% of pastors believe in the importance of leadership development and training… but only 1 in 4 actively practice it. Why? They don’t have the time, expertise, framework or resources.
Usually leaders are also ambitious doers, and striking a healthy balance between doing and developing is only something that happens with intentionality.
2. Self-audit your development time.
Todd walked us through an exercise you can do today that will help you self-audit your time developing vs. doing.
Step One: List out the top 20 things you spend time on in your job.
Step Two: Create two columns, label one “doing” and one “developing.”
Step Three: Go through your list and determine where each task falls.
If most of your tasks fall into the “doing” category, it’s time to tweak your list of priorities and get intentional about leadership development.
3. Are you building people or buying them?
If you look at your staff and realize that you bought most or all of them, then it’s time to reevaluate your leadership development culture.
There is a time or a place to buy staff, but a healthy leadership culture also produces leaders from within. Another sign that there isn’t a healthy leadership culture is when the church is growing to new sites and adding new initiatives, and there’s nobody internally who can staff or guide the growth.
There is power in multiplication instead of addition. Addition looks like “I need one more volunteer” where multiplication is “I’m building up a volunteer.” Todd challenges every leader to choose two people who you see leadership potential in and start there.
Quotes from This Episode
The cardinal sin of a leader is wasting someone’s time.-@ToddAdkins
Churches are building an audience, not an army. -@ToddAdkins
A healthy leadership culture asks: Did we build these people or did we buy them? -@ToddAdkins
Leadership development is not a transaction, it’s an experience. -@ToddAdkins
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